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Dana Hills High School

Dana Point, CA  92629
Grade 9-12
T/S Ratio -
Type public
SubType Secondary

Reviews for Dana Hills High School

May 12, 2015

I have had experiences with both Dana hills and Aliso Niguel high school. I was disappointed with Aliso HS & Avms, Dana is way better, I couldn't ask for a better high school than Dana hills. It has the best of everything, location, programs, advanced education, extra curricular activities, sports teams, staff, principle. And you can't beat the SOCSA program. My child has thoroughly enjoyed being part of SOCSA. The office manager is a lovely women. The campus although old, has had many upgrades and will have many more upgrades every year. The parents are extremely supportive and donate time and money for the school. The only things that could be improved are the large class sizes, some of the teachers have been there a while and can get burnt out and seem to take it out on the kids, the guidance counselors need a bit improvement in the communications department and when the students go ask them for help they sometimes send them away because they are too busy. Let me remind you, your job is to listen and help students. Other than that, our family loves Dana Hills high school, 2 generations. Go Blue!Read Full Review

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April 06, 2015

My 15 year old student received a $200 ticket for crossing the street in front of Dana Hills High School. When I contacted Dana Hills to find out what was going on, they said they wanted the kids to walk 100 yards to a crosswalk, so no one gets hurt. I told the office manager, why don't they just send out an email notification and communicate with the students and parents of the issue like they do with everything else, instead of ticketing the students. Their response was its not our job, but the police officer is here in the office if you would like to speak to him. They are claiming they don't want kids to get hurt, but aren't willing to notify them of the situation. So now the City of Dana Hills collects $200 at our expense, so unfortunately we will have to remove it from funds we would have paid to the high school to support the school. This is not a smart practice to have a police officer at the school ticketing students, without even sending out notices of the issue ahead of time. Read Full Review

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August 29, 2014

DANA is great school if your child is AP/Honors, OR has special needs. The resources for these two groups of students is excellent. BUT if you have an average student, BEWARE. My oldest child was all AP/Honors and graduated with a scholarship to a top 20 DIV I university. My second and third children are good students, but are more average. I pulled my daughter out of DANA for this Fall and my son, a freshman, will not attend DANA. They are going to private school. MY daughter had 40 kids in her Algebra II class, and in one class had to wait a few weeks to get a desk or table to sit. She sat on the floor. Her 0 Period teacher was consistently late and missed 4 days last year.NO sub could be found so the kids sat by the cafeteria and some do homework , while others did nothing.I was told by a head administrator, this IS a problem, and it is hard to find subs for 6:30am. A teacher that is consistently 10 min late several times a week and missed class 4 days last year, HOW much time was my daughter robbed in math? 0-4 period no longer an option. School makes more money per student when they have class after lunch. Student has job,sports, doesn't want to miss school?NOT pro studentRead Full Review

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August 29, 2014

DANA is great if you are AP/Honors, or disabled. The teacher/student ratio is misleading at 1:27. That is average. The smallest classes are AP/Honors, which skews their stats. My oldest child had 21 kids in her AP Calc class. My second had 40 kids in reg Algebra2. My oldest had 25 in Hon English,My second had 38 in reg English. Average students are among ALL average kids.Some want to learn ,others do not.It's NOT an environment conducive for average students to learn. Teachers are overwhelmed with so many over crowded classes. DANA is 42 years old and resembles a prison. It is dark and dreary, and in need of major renovation. Many teachers, students and parents give much support in giving their time to make things better. It's not enough.It is sad such a beautiful campus, be neglected.How many public schools boast an OCEAN view? Broken air conditioners in many over crowded classes, makes for a poor learning environment.I feel for students who were LOCKED DOWN 4hrs last May. My child was there. Take a stand!Hit the District in the wallet,by home schooling, school online& private,Money talks! My child won't be returning to DH,but heading to a private school.My 9th grader, the same Read Full Review

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June 05, 2014

Teachers are amazing and truly have a passion to teach. But the downside to this school is the staff. Read Full Review

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September 27, 2013

I grew up in Dana Point and went to this and every school in the area till freshmen year. Parents, be aware; your kids are around offfers to others parents pills, and many other types of drugs that lead them off track, I say this from experience. PAY ATTENTION TO WHO YOU'RE KIDS HANG OUT WITH. Dana Point is a mix of both bad and good backgrounds, good luck. Read Full Review

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December 16, 2012

Academics----good. Teachers Vary! make sure to be on top of your child's experience---and change them out of a bad teacher's class if need be. Socsa Arts program: Favortism. Dance---run by students!? unorganized. Theater--same few kids are catered to. If your child is not a triple threat (strong singer, dancer, actor Already!) --forget about them getting anywhere there. non nurturing environment. Choir -----OUTSTANDING. Instrumental dpt-----AMAZING. Read Full Review

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November 28, 2012

Great teachers. Rude and inconsiderate, inconsistent, and borderline incompetent, administrators. If you get a call from the Attendance people, you won't be allowed to explain anything, and they will probably hang up on you. The mark of true greatness.Read Full Review

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September 13, 2012

Nope, Dana Hills rated 153rd in the state in 2011... Not as good a school as you will hear from everyone else. Aliso Niguel is a much better school, (44th in CA.), and their campus doesn't resemble a cell-block inside, (like Dana does). You can also rent an apartment in Aliso and still be able to feed yourself. Good luck finding a decent apartment in Dana district for less than $1700.Read Full Review

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August 27, 2012

We moved from Michigan and my two older sons attended this school. Once came in as a senior and the other as a freshman. We were very satisfied with the education and teachers in this school. One of my sons was involved in SOCSA and the program is incredible. Fantastic caring teachers. Those students went on to be accepted to some pretty incredible schools. Read Full Review

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December 14, 2010

Every year when I get new classes I meet more people that I've never known before. And even though that can be looked at as a negative, I don't see it as one because I feel like Dana definitely has an easygoing atmosphere for getting to know people if you let yourself out in the open. (3/3)Read Full Review

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November 12, 2010

in my few months at dana hills as a freshman it was an unforgettable experience i simply loved how the school was net to the beach the school looks fantastic it has that nice sea breeze the teachers are amazing especially mr.guarino. its too crowded there but you can still get to classes on time. overall its a great school, loved it and its easy to make new friends there.Read Full Review

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December 07, 2009

Great school. Wonderful teachers and great campus. Perfect weather and about 2 miles from great beaches. Read Full Review

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August 04, 2009

This school is beautiful and located in a beautiful place. The cross country team is exceptional! The dance teams are also incredible. There are tons of activities and as long as students get involved in sports friends will come quick. The only negative would be it hall ways are EXTREMELY crowded (similar to herding cattle). The teachers are for the most part very good and I learned a lot!Read Full Review

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May 12, 2009

Dana Hills High is EXCELLENT! The AP Classes fully prepare students competitively for top-rated universities (from Ivy Leagues to Top UC Schools). The Science, Math (speidel, degen, prince), English , Literature teachers are excellent. Students scoreed an 825 on the API tests which puts them at the top of the district, and in the upper division in state and national rankings. About 4% of class earned AP Honors w Distinction. Another 3% earned AP Honors. These are National Scholastic Awards. Great student run yearbook and newspaper. The Student government is student run and well directed by Ken Nedler. The academic advisors respond fairly quickly to questions. Ray Woods runs an excellent Choir program. DHHS Athletes win athletic scholarships; recently, from Stanford, Yale, Duke, UCLA, USC, etc. Lots of school spirit. Any 'bad element' are escorted out of school, dances and sporting events by guards,marines . SAFE school! Clean ocean air! Read Full Review

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March 24, 2009

I absolutely loved my four years at Dana. Like many schools, you get out of it what you put into it. There is a great sense of community (despite the large student body) especially for those who decide to be engaged, work hard, and have fun. The teachers that were there when I was a student were fantastic: Evans, Degen, Sherill, Imbili Townsend, Cunningham, McIntyre, the entire science department. They were extremely committed to providing their students with a high-quality education. There are lots of AP courses, and also plenty of extra-curricular activities: I swam and played polo, was on the yearbook staff, and participated in a few clubs. All in all, my time at Dana offered wonderful friends, great experiences, and a fantastic preparation for college and graduate school.Read Full Review

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March 07, 2009

Great school. The best school in southern orange county. The academics are always in the top and Dana Hills has been consistently voted by Newsweek as a top 5% high school in the nation! The sports programs are also great. All the programs are achieving spectacular things and cross country both boys and girls is the best running program overall for the pas 30+ years of its existence. Both won the state championship this past year.Read Full Review

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February 12, 2009

I have another child at another high school and Dana Hills is by far the best in many areasRead Full Review

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December 05, 2008

Even though the school is overcrowded, this school has been very eventful and enjoyable. It isn't difficult to make friends since there are so many people to choose from. The Cross Country team is the best!! Go Dana!!Read Full Review

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April 30, 2007

This school is way too crowded. It is difficult to make any close friends with so many people at the school. I never have even seen the principal. It has a lot of extra activities but they are all VERY expensive. Read Full Review

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