San Diego Private Schools


Some parents chose to enroll their children in private schools instead of a government funded public school. Though not always the case, privates schools tend to have:
  • smaller classes sizes - this allows for a more one-on-one interaction between student and teacher. Because class sizes are smaller, the school equipment tends to be in better shape
  • fewer problems with discipline and gang activity because the school can regulate who is allowed to enroll. Children who have behavioral problems, are disruptive, or do not meet the schools academic standards are not admitted
  • greater safety, discipline, and moral training (especially in schools with religious affiliation).

Private school can be chosen by their
  - religious affiliate (for example, "Christian schools" or "Jewish schools")
  - gender specification (all girls school or all boys schools)
  - high academic achievement
  - class size or other reasons


The major drawback with private schools is the cost of tuition. Private schools are not funded by the government and as such, parents need to pay for their children to be educated in these school systems. Tuition can be as trivial as 5K per year or be as high as 45K per year; the rate is typically between 10K to 20K per year. Some schools may have a financial aid program or reduced rates if more than one child is enrolled. There is often a non-refundable application fee and/or an assessment fee. In some private schools, entry may require that the applicant be a member of a congregation or be active in a particular sect. Some schools require that the student be of high academic standards. Applicants may undergo a battery of tests & interviews; previous school records may be analyzed; letters of recommendation may be required; and family interviews may be performed. Some schools have a probation period where the new student is enrolled on a trial basis.

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Private Nonsectarian Schools
School Neighborhood Grades # Students
Balboa Secondary SchoolBankers' HillK - 12    100+
Children's Creative & Performing Arts Academy North ParkK - 12    225+
Francis W. Parker (lower)Mission HillsK -
                         (upper) Linda Vista   - 12    1200+
Halstrom High School 3 locations 7 - 12
La Jolla Country Day School La Jolla K - 12    1000+
Mission Bay Montessori Academy University City K - 6    275+
Mount Helix Academy La Mesa K - 8    225+
San Diego French-American School La Jolla K - 8    250+
Waldorf School of San DiegoOak Park K - 12    250+
Warren-Walker School 3 locations K - 8    375+

Private Denominational Schools
SchoolNeighborhood GradesReligion
# Students
Midway Baptist Schools Otay MesaK - 12Baptist, 350+
San Diego Jewish AcademyCarmel ValleyK - 12Judaic, 550+
Chabad Hebrew AcademyScripps Ranch K - 8 Judaic, 135+
Blessed Sacrament ParishUniversity HeightsK - 8Catholic, 300+
The Bishop's SchoolLa Jolla 7 - 12Episcopal, 700+
Lutheran HighOak Park9 - 12Lutheran, 100+
San Diego AcademyNational CityK - 12Christian, 300+
Heritage Christian SchoolMira Mesa K - 12 Christian, 1125+
Horizon Elementary School ClairemontK - 6 Christian, 350+
Maranatha Christian SchoolsRancho Santa FeK - 8 Christian, 350
Academy of Our Lady of PeaceUniversity Heights 9 - 12 Roman Catholic, 725+ all-girls
All Hallows Academy La JollaK - 8 Roman Catholic, 275+
Cathedral Catholic Pacific Highlands RanchRoman Catholic, 1750+
Good Shepherd CatholicMira Mesa K - 8Roman Catholic, 300+
Nazareth School GrantvilleK - 8 Roman Catholic, 300+
Our Lady's SchoolGolden Hill K - 8Roman Catholic, 250+
Sacred Heart AcademyOcean Beach K - 8 Roman Catholic, 200+
School of the MadeleineSouth Clairemont K - 8Roman Catholic, 525+
St. AugustineNorth Park9 - 12Roman Catholic, 700+ all-boys
St Charles Catholic SchoolImperial BeachK - 8 Roman Catholic, 275+
St Columba ElementarySera MesaK - 8Roman Catholic, 300+
St Didacus SchooolNormal heightsK - 8Roman Catholic, 225+
St Jude AcademySan DiegoRoman Catholic, 200+
St Patrick ElementaryNorth ParkK - 8Roman Catholic, 200+
St Rita SchoolSan DiegoK - 8 Roman Catholic, 225+
St Therese AcademySan CarlosK - 8Roman Catholic, 275+
St Vincent de PaulMission HillsK - 8Roman Catholic, 225+
Stella Maris AcademyLa Jolla K - 8Roman Catholic, 225+