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Who are we?

Scripps Ranch High School opened in September of 1993. SRHS is one of two high schools in the Mira Mesa/Scripps Ranch area, contained within the San Diego Unified School District. Both schools serve grades 9-12.

Marshall Middle School feeds into Scripps Ranch High School. In addition there are four elementary schools, Dingeman,Jerabek, Miramar Ranch, and Ellen Browning Scripps that are in the local area.

Our school serves the immediate community of Scripps Ranch, but our students come from many different area of the city of San Diego and reflect the diversity found in our city.

The Mira Mesa/Scripps Ranch community is a close-knit, involved community that places great value on strong academic standards. It is a growing community with homes ranging from sprawling single-family estates to established housing developments. It is also economically and socially diverse.

What is our vision?

We recognize, support, respect and value excellence, individuality, diversity, and creativity. We are committed to the intellectual achievement, emotional and social growth, and athletic and aesthetic development of each student in a creative, caring, collaborative environment so that each student may succeed as a contributing member of a democratic society.

What is our mission?

As a comprehensive educational institution, Scripps Ranch High School prepares students for their future, including college, military commitments and/or careers. SRHS provides an environment that supports quality instructional programs driven by continuous improvement and innovation. These programs are measured by student progress and performance, in a creative environment responsive to changing technologies. Parents, students, staff, and community are mutually responsible and accountable for success.

How are the students doing?

Standardized tests are one way to measure student progress. Counselors monitor each student's progress in all areas of performance, including standardized tests. Parents should talk with their child's counselor and teachers to get a complete picture.

We encourage students to attend college. Measures of our success include:

  • Graduating seniors who took the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) exceeded the district average in both the verbal and math scores.
  • Fifty-seven percent of students who took Advanced Placement tests scored at level three or higher.
  • Demographics and test scores» 

What does it take to graduate from SRHS?

See San Diego Unified School District graduation requirements» 

Is the climate on the SRHS campus conducive to learning?

The climate on the SRHS campus is positive—one which facilitates learning through a variety of educational, social, and personal growth experiences. Our students represent a multitude of different countries, cultures, and beliefs; they live, study, work and play together comfortably, peacefully and with purpose. Scripps Ranch High School offers a unique learning environment supported by a highly-qualified, flexible, and ethnically diverse staff who work together on interdisciplinary instructional projects.

An ongoing effort is directed at improving relationships among the members of the Scripps Ranch High School community--students, staff, parents, and others. The school race/human relations committee meets regularly to plan activities designed to foster understanding, increase sensitivity, and promote awareness between the various ethnic groups on campus. Our 35-minute CORE/Advisory period has proven to be an excellent medium through which many of our counseling, school-to-career, reading, and race/human relations goals can be addressed and achieved. 

How are grades determined?

Each student's grade point average (GPA) is computed on a four-point scale. All semester grades earned after ninth grade are included. In the fall of the twelfth grade, a preliminary class ranking is compiled based on grades earned in the tenth and eleventh grades. A final ranking is made after the end of seventh semester.

Class ranking is based on a weighted grade point average. Advanced Placement (AP) courses will receive grade points as follows: A=5, B=4, C=3. Valedictorian selection will be tentatively determined at the end of seventh semester and will include all seniors with a weighted GPA of 4.0 and higher. Academic Distinction is also tentatively determined at the end of the seventh semester. 

Are the teachers qualified?

SRHS teachers are fully credentialed and teach in their subject areas. Approximately one-third of our more than 80 certificated staff are or have been district mentor teachers; more than three-quarters have completed the equivalent of a masters degree or higher. To augment our credentialed staff and enrich our adult-to-student interaction, we have teacher aides. Our School Accountability Report Card (SARC) has more information. 

What courses do we offer?

Students select courses from a wide and varied curriculum. Counselors encourage students to take classes that challenge them and which promote optimum growth and learning. Curricular offerings include:

  • Regular college preparatory classes.
  • Advanced college preparatory classes.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) classes.
  • College credit classes which are college courses taught at Scripps Ranch High School by the San Diego Community College District. Students are admitted on the basis of academic record, teacher recommendation, and/or qualifying exam.
  • Special Education classes.
  • Limited English Speaking (LEP) classes.

Career Training courses are also an option. The Regional Occupation Program (ROP) offers high school students who are in grades 11 and 12 or who are at least 16 years old opportunities to develop job skills and find career direction. Whether students plan to go to college or not, time can often be carved out of their class schedules, and an ROP courses. See the Course Catalog or talk with your counselor

What support services are available to students?

Scripps Ranch High School has counselors, a nurse, a psychologist, and a librarian on campus. The district provides students with additional psychological and professional support teams. Area colleges and universities provide personnel to counsel students about plans for post-high school education.

What resources are available to students?

San Diego Unified School District committees select textbooks for an eight-year textbook adoption cycle. SRHS teachers participated in selection of new texts and materials for English, Spanish, French, history, science, and math classes. Books are provided by the district the first year of an adoption; the school site must purchase all additional texts from limited site funds as well as all supplementary materials.

The Scripps Ranch High School Library/Media Center has nearly 10,000 volumes in print and non-print collections. Included are books and materials of interest to teen readers as well as items used for class research assignments. Books circulate for two weeks and may be renewed for an additional two weeks.

Materials may be accessed from an online computer catalog. Electronic resources include a wide variety of CD-ROM programs (both indexes and full text materials) including periodical and newspaper references. Modems and telephone lines allow for online access to remote resources. A direct connection to the San Diego Unified School District Education Center's host Internet computer allows Internet access from all workstations on campus.

Computers, high-speed dot matrix and laser printers, a coin-operated copy machine and a scanner are available for student use. Students may view video tapes, listen to language cassettes, and view slides. Information literacy and information skills instruction are integral parts of every curricular subject. The librarian and teachers work as instructional teams to facilitate both physical and intellectual access to and use of information. Literature enrichment is taught by the librarian through readers' advisory, book talks, and book displays.

Extensive coordination occurs with the public library branches (Mira Mesa and Scripps Miramar Ranch), and students also have access to the Alliant University Walter Library and Miramar College Library.

How long is the school day?

See Bell Schedule» ▲

What are some special features of SRHS?

  • The Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFJROTC) is an elective program emphasizing the study and development of leadership, citizenship, patriotism, military science and service. The SRHS AFJROTC program has received the Air Force "Meritorious Unit" award.
  • An Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program seeks to prepare underachieving, ethnically under-represented and/or economically disadvantaged students with academic potential for college.
  • A Gifted and Talented Education (GATE Cluster) program offers qualitatively different instruction in math, science, the humanities, and world languages to gifted and talented students.
  • A Seminar program is available for highly gifted students who are selected on the basis of test scores and applications. It focuses on the humanities; specifically, English and history.
  • A Limited English Proficient Program (LEP) is designed for students who have limited English skills. Classes in English as a Second Language, sheltered social studies and science are provided as needed. 

Can students leave campus for lunch?

No. High school students in the San Diego Unified School District are required to stay on campus during lunch period. 

How clean, safe, and orderly is SRHS?

The staff and students at Scripps Ranch High School are committed to maintaining a clean and orderly campus. School staff members are vigilant throughout the day, checking passes and making sure that students are where they are supposed to be.

The students are proud of their school and show this through their spirit and participation in many activities. A Zero Tolerance Policy prohibiting the possession of weapons and/or controlled substances on school grounds is in effect. Students who violate this policy may be suspended and recommended for expulsion from school. 

How can parents become involved?

Parent and community involvement activities include:

  • An active governance committee established for two-way communication and assisting in decision-making;
  • Partnerships with five businesses; Alliant University, Cabrillo Credit Union, Lockheed Martin, Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar, San Diego Miramar College, Scripps Ranch Foundation, and Wells Fargo Bank;
  • A Scripps Ranch High School Foundation providing fundraising, support for academic, athletic, and extracurricular programs;
  • Parent support groups for extracurricular programs;
  • A quarterly Foundation newsletter covers school events, academic programs, clubs, organizations, parent meetings/workshops, program planning, graduation requirements, articulation, promotional activities, and other topics; sent via emails;
  • Two college nights (targeted at juniors and seniors) for parents to receive current college information, college applications, senior data sheets, scholarships, financial aid, and grant searches;
  • Career presentations by parents and community members to include business and industry information. 

How can students make friends and feel like they belong?

One of the best ways for students to meet friends and feel like they belong is for them to get involved in the life of the school. There are many clubs, committees, and sports teams in which students can become active during their years in high school.