Our Mission:

Inspiring passion and preparing all students to be college ready,
future focused and globally aware

Signature Practices:

Home Court Advantage

  • Coming to Del Norte should feel like coming HOME.  From the very beginning, we have intentionally attempted to create an environment where every person walking onto this campus feels welcomed. Additionally, we want every student to feel safe and supported.  We believe when every student is safe, we're all free to SOAR. 
  • We strongly encourage our students to pursue leadership opportunities - playing a sport, joining one of over 100 clubs on campus, performing in choir, improv, or theater, writing for a school publication, producing videos, performing community service projects, etc.  High school is a verb - and the people who enjoy their 2,000,000 minutes the most get actively involved in the life of this school.
  • We actively encourage INCLUSION - open circles and open hearts.  There is no place for cliques at DNHS.

Open Access

  • We offer a full array of Advanced Placement Classes - students have 21 options in 2021-22. We encourage every student to take at least one AP level course prior to graduation.     
  • With few exceptions, the UC/CSU a-g required courses comprise the default curriculum for students attending Del Norte.
  • We are still developing CTE (Career Technical Education) course pathways.  Presently we offer several exciting classes in science (HBS and PBS), digital arts, computer science, and engineering.
  • The trimester system allows students maximum flexibility as they create their four-year academic plans.  Students can take as many as five classes in a single trimester, or as few as three in some cases (seniors only).

Student-Centered Learning

  • Every student is assigned to a homeroom staff advisor in addition to their counselor.
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The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, immigration status, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact: Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, James Jimenez, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128, 1-858-521-2800, extension 2121, jjimenez@powayusd.com. For students, you may contact Title IX Coordinator/ 504 Coordinator Jamie Dayhoff, Director of Attendance and Discipline, Poway Unified School District, 1-858-521-2840, jdayhoff@powayusd.com

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