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Dana Hills High School

Dana Point, CA
  • Public
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  • Grades 9-12
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  • Enrollment: 2397


Dana Hills High School
33333 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 496-6666
Dana Hills High School is located in Dana Point, CA and serves grades 9-12.It received a GreatSchool rating of 8 out of 10
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Reviews17 Reviews

Well-round school. Great academic. The teacher's and parents' relationship is unprecedented!
In my honest opinion, this is the overall the worst high school I have ever encountered. 3000 students, and they have to share a tiny locker is the least of it. The bullying at this school is atrocious. Yes there is security and police on campus, but with that many kids, they can only do so much. The administration is a joke. The new principal does nothing for anybody! He is a bully! The district will be getting a very strong letter about him in due time. The homework at this school is absolutely ludicrous. Students go to school all day and have 4-5 hours of homework per night and on the weekends. God forbid they have a sport they are involved with. The kids at this school have a sense of being so elite that they treat others terribly. Why , because it's Dana Point? Seriously? This school thinks it has something to prove, yet they are stressing out the kids. The past principal was pretty good, but they indeed made a huge mistake with this new one. Dana Hills High School lacks compassion, integrity, positive leadership, and support. No wonder it is know for bullying and worse. The apple only falls so far.
We are in our 3rd year at Dana and I would not want my son anywhere else. This school is amazing! Read some of the negative prior reviews and realized that these are all older reviews before they had made administrative changes at Dana. We started at Dana in 2015 and have had nothing but healthy, positive relationships with both teachers and staff (counselors, principal, etc). Those reviews do not depict how Dana is today! Since we started here, each year my son has had amazing teachers and his counselor has been a huge blessing. All have cared so personally for his academic growth and well-being. They take time to meet with kids and parents and discuss their classes, grades, placement, etc. I/we have never once felt like a faculty member didn't care or brushed him off onto someone else. Every teacher has made themselves reachable and responds quickly. I interviewed several kids at Dana prior to going and could not believe that not one had a negative comment. They all said that Dana is a great school, the students are all very accepting of one another and there is no bullying. Compared to our terrible stint at San Clemente High, this was refreshing to hear. We have been in the Cross Country and Track programs for 3 years now and it is family to us! Coaches are great, athletes are the bet kids ever, and their families are so incredibly supportive. Some of the reviews boast about the location and yes, you certainly cannot beat the ocean breeze and ocean view from the upper lot but what it comes down to is level of education and I think that the stats above speaks mounds for how great Dana is, as well as how a school builds up, encourages, supports, and instills character in our kids - Dana does that! Every teacher and coach that we have had has shown great interest in teaching my son not only academics, but how all of this transitions into being an adult and how as adults we should act and treat others. Face it, there is a reason that most all Dana students stay life-long friends after high school!
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!
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