Welcome to Rancho Bernardo!
Rancho Bernardo High School is a comprehensive high school located in northern San Diego County drawing students from the communities of Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Los Penasquitos, Sabre Springs and Carmel Mountain Ranch. Over 90% of the graduates enroll in either two or four year college programs after graduation. Rancho Bernardo HS opened in September, 1990, as the third comprehensive high school in the Poway Unified School District, which now includes five comprehensive high schools and one continuation high school. The California Department of Education and The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) jointly accredit the school.
Located in the beautiful community of Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Bernardo High School (RBHS) is a comprehensive high school serving around 2,400 students in grades nine through twelve. RBHS offers a full range of academic and activity programs designed to meet the needs of all students. The school mirrors the ethnic diversity present in the community and serves as an important resource for youth within the large senior citizen population of this suburban area of San Diego.
The ethnic distribution represents over 40 different cultures and languages. The current racial distribution is predominately Caucasian (59%), with the rest of the student population representing Asian (17%), Hispanic (10.6%), Filipino (6.8%), African American (3.3%), and other (3.3%) groups. The community of Rancho Bernardo is
comprised of homes ranging from multimillion-dollar custom homes through middle class tract homes, condominiums and apartments near the Interstate 15 freeway corridor. The majority of our families are upper-middle-class income earners.
RBHS opened in 1991 with 1,400 students. The school offers academic programs including AVID, Advanced Placement, California High School Exit Exam support courses in English and Math, on-line courses in art, civics, and zoology, a transition program for incoming at-risk students and 9th graders, a mentor program, and
academic courses linked tightly to academic standards. In addition, RBHS is proud of its 68 athletic teams, over 100 clubs, 12 service organizations, marching band, orchestra, color guard, Science Olympiad, Speech and Debate teams, and Academic Team.
The 2022-23 RBHS staff is composed of 91 teachers, 3 school psychologists, 2 speech therapists, 6 counselors, 4 administrators, and support staff. Teachers and staff participate in 3 staff development days each year as well as 1 hour of professional time every Wednesday afternoon.
The RBHS School Site Council works diligently to monitor and support school improvement and student achievement at all levels. Parents serve as volunteers in many aspects of school life and enjoy open communication with the school.
The RBHS Foundation, the Friends of the RBHS Library, and numerous booster clubs support student activities and student achievement.
The PTSA is very active at RBHS and serves as an important vehicle for communication and connection to the community. All of these facets work in concert to support the Poway Unified School District’s vision to create culture and conditions to empower world-class learners.
It is an expectation of the Poway Unified School District that upon graduation from high school, students will be prepared to pursue a wide variety of reasonable options including admission to college. Rancho Bernardo High School students continue to successfully complete a course of study that prepares them to meet the “a-g”
application requirements of the CSU/UC systems, and that also prepares them for the world of work and for making a lifetime of informed decisions. Additionally, students will be offered opportunities to participate in a wide variety of extra- and co-curricular activities that help to produce balanced and productive adults.