Bishop Garcia Diego High School is an Independent Catholic Co-Educational Secondary School that welcomes students of all faiths and provides them with the spiritual, personal, and intellectual knowledge to meet the enduring challenge of realizing their God-given potential in a multi-cultural society.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 286 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $22,600
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Bishop Garcia Diego High School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:

Category
Attribute
Sports offered
School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Year Founded
1914

Student Body

Total Students
286 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
59%
State avg.: 49%
Students by Grade
Bishop Garcia Diego High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
30 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
70%
Average Class Size
16 students
Number of AP Courses
10 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
AP Art, AP Calculus, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature, AP Government, AP Human Geography, AP Physics, AP Spanish, AP US History
Average SAT score
1136
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
Business Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Generous tuition assistance is available.
% on Financial Aid
70%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$6,000
Admissions Director
Emily Diaz
Admissions Associate
Alexis Garcia

Sports

School Notes

  • The philosophy of Bishop Garca Diego High School is rooted in the Biblical understanding of the developing human relationship with God. With service to others as a natural response to this relationship, Bishop Garca Diego students are called to foster concern for others and are challenged to cultivate the leadership skills necessary to serve humankind.  Through this process our students continue their journey to become mature, well-balanced adults.  
  • Collaborating with parents, Bishop Garca Diego High School shares the common goal of preparing its students to assume their multiple roles as members of family, church, and profession.  This goal is attained through our rigorous college preparatory curriculum and co-curricular activities.  
  • In addition, the school strives to create future leaders with the combined qualities of intellectual and spiritual values to achieve their God-given potential and to bring about systemic change in our society and world.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Bishop Garcia Diego High School cost?

Bishop Garcia Diego High School's tuition is approximately $22,600 for private students.

What sports does Bishop Garcia Diego High School offer?

Bishop Garcia Diego High School offers 13 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball and Water Polo. Bishop Garcia Diego High School is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in California for most sports offered.

What is Bishop Garcia Diego High School's ranking?

Bishop Garcia Diego High School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for: Largest student body, Most sports offered and Oldest founding date.

When is the application deadline for Bishop Garcia Diego High School?

The application deadline for Bishop Garcia Diego High School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (40 reviews)
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my experience at bishop Diego has been good. I transferred in the middle of the years and the teachers have shown care for my education growth at the school. Adjustments are always made to meet the needs of the student, and it is a good community. Bishop has offered me a lot of good opportunities, and it has helped me grow.
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Great catholic environment for any teenager. Friendly people, teachers, and administrators. Great education and very competitive sports. I absolutely love this school.
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I`m currently a student at Bishop Garcia Diego High School. My experience at bishop has been great. The community is very welcoming and friendly. The teachers are very understanding, if a student has a question on an assignment the teachers are always ready to help out. Bishop is definitely a place where anyone can feel welcomed.
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Bishop is an excellent school. Students and staff have made for an environment. Students receive an amazing excellent education that prepares them for college and life. I recommend Bishop to anyone looking for a good Catholic education. Students are taught about the Catholic faith as well as to appreciate those of other faiths. Bishop promotes unity. Overall a wonderful school.
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Bishop Garcia Diego High School is an amazing school! I've gone to this school for 3 years, and as I'm approaching graduation, I am really thankful for all this school has done for me. Bishop has a small but close community, and you really get close to the other students in your grade. The teachers here at Bishop really support the students learning well, and they all work to help students outside of class as well. Every week students have time to meet with teachers to get extra help on work, so all students can have time to meet with teachers even if they have sports before or after school. Bishop also helped me with financial aid. With the tuition being paid by a single mom, the financial aid that I received made it possible for me to attend this amazing school. Overall, Bishop is a great school, and I have learned and grown a lot here. I'm going to be sad to leave Bishop, but I'm glad that I got to go to high school here.
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5  
Great school, very welcoming community and wonderful support.
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5  
The Bishop community is extremely welcoming. Bishops' diverse population is full of diversity and acceptance. The faculty and staff are very welcoming and compassionate. I love Bishop and so will incoming students
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5  
Bishop Garcia is a very welcoming school. The staff and faculty are really helpful and they treat all kids equally. The students are really friendly and everyone is treated as one. It is a fun school that also always God first which I think is really great. I am happy that I attend bishop.
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5  
The students here are very friendly and welcoming, and make great friends! The classes do a good job of preparing for college and providing a solid curriculum, even though some classes do go a little bit quick and may have a slight excess of homework. The teachers are very helpful and aren`t afraid to answer any questions you may have on the subjects they`re teaching. The cafeteria does a great job on the food, and I`ve seen a lot of students happy with the quality of it. The campus is beautiful and they have nice facilities for students and faculty. One thing that I would like to see change is the policy where you have to turn in your phone if you arrive late. I personally don`t think it makes much sense given that the phones aren`t usually the cause of why the student is late, and the student may need it to be able to contact parents or guardians. Some students also keep their class schedule and other important things on their phones, which can make it inconvenient when it gets taken away. I can understand taking away phones if students are caught using them in class, but phones don`t have much relation to why a student would be late, as traffic for example. Besides that, Bishop is a great choice for where to go to high school. I hope more electives are introduced in the future!
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5  
Overall I like the sense of community and the way the academics are structured here at Bishop. I really enjoy the feeling of safety and the campus is a very beautiful place to learn and grow as individuals. I am currently a sophomore and my past two years have been filled with many unforgettable memories. This is a great place to learn and grow as a student, academically I feel comfortable to grow and the nurtured environment is a very special place to develop.
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5  
Bishop is a school that provides a great environment to students thanks to the supportive teachers. It is thanks to them that I have grown in education and in my athletic career. The sports in particular are open to anyone who is interested and not exclusive to those who have prior experience in the sport. It is thanks to all that I have outlined that I recommend Bishop to anyone who is looking for an engaging high school to aid their academic and athletic ventures.
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5  
Bishop Diego Is a warm and welcoming high school that I would definitely recommend as it has great teachers, academics, sports, and environment. A very important aspect would be the incredible amount of help and support I would get from my teachers, as they always made sure I got the support I needed to succeed. You're never a stranger at Bishop due to its close-knit community which I think makes the school so special as it is fairly easy to make new friends. Overall a very nice school and is definitely the best High School to go to if you live in the Santa Barbara area.
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5  
I am a student at Bishop Diego and from my time here I have learned a lot of things. I think the academics are very adequate along with the sports. Bishop helps us with not only academics but with gaining our service hours. I have noticed most people here are very welcoming and open to new people. I would definitely recommend this school.
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5  
Bishop is an amazing school. I would definitely recommend it to any and everybody. The people at this school are all amazing. The staff are very kind and always here to help you. The teachers definitely care about their students. Always be here during school before and after to make sure you get all the help you need. It is an amazing community of people here. Opportunities you never know you would have. Very fun activities. Overall a fantastic school.
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5  
Bishop Diego is an amazing school. The teachers are so supportive and caring they bring the best out of you. All of the students are so caring a kind toward each other. Sports is such an amazing to grow your relationships with other students from other grades and your classmates. I can`t really imagine myself at any other school. Bishop Diego will always be home. I definitely would recommend Bishop Garcia Diego High School.
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5  
Everyone I have ever talked to has always told me how much they love Bishop. I could not agree more. All of the students and staff are very welcoming and help you with whatever you need. Because Bishop is such a small school you really feel like you are one big family. I am so blessed to be able to attend a school where you really feel cared about.
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5  
In the short time, I have attended Bishop Diego High School, I have been incredibly surprised by all of the appreciation I have harnessed for the school. I have been challenged in the advanced courses, but I know that I am receiving a high education that is very beneficial for my college prep. The community is so welcoming and filled with love. I love the faith-based atmosphere for Catholics, but also the inclusivity built in for students of all races and religions. I also have so much appreciation for the athletic programs. If I could describe the sports programs in three words, they would be fast-paced, successful, and welcoming. I love Bishop Diego High School and I know that anyone else would be too.
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5  
Bishop Garcia Diego is a great school and I am very happy to be here. There is a great environment and the people here are some of the nicest people you will meet. The teacher is great and is always here in any way. Even in my short time as the bishop, I have a great time. The sports are amazing and they provide such nice places to do each sport they provide.
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5  
Bishop Diego High School is a great school to go to because of how supportive your teachers are. The community there is definitely so supportive of you. Everyone there is really nice and kind. There are different activities like spirit activities, mass, sports to watch, outside speakers, and retreats at the school so you won`t get bored at all. This school, in particular, has the BEST sports teams ever.
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5  
As a student attending Bishop, I can say full-heartily that Bishop provides an outstanding education where everyone is supported. Every teacher creates an amazing environment to learn and grow. From day one, I have been able to meet new people, create new goals for myself and be able to reach farther than I have ever been before. One of my favorite things about Bishop is that it is easy to be involved in athletics, clubs, choir, and much more because of the close community. Bishop provides the materials to be your best self and to strive to a larger extent. Overall, Bishop is my home, my safe place, and I feel proud to be a Bishop Cardinal.
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5  
I am currently attending Bishop Diego High school, and I must say that it has been the best year of my whole life. The educational program is incredible and I have learned an amazing amount in just 2 semesters. Sports are also very important to me which is another reason why I love BDHS so much because the athletic program is amazing. My love for Bishop is continuing to grow on a daily.
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5  
I am grateful to be attending Bishop Garcia Diego High School. In the last two years here at Bishop I have made amazing friendships, and with that, I`ve created many memories by far. The alumni and faculty are all very welcoming and as the small community we are, we all come together in unity.
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5  
I am very grateful to be attending Bishop Garcia Diego High School. The last two years being at Bishop have been amazing and with the friendships I`ve made here, I have created many memories by far. The alumni and faculty are all very welcoming and the small community that we are has brought us even closer together.
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5  
This is my first year at this school and I`m so lucky to be attending here. All staff members and teachers are so kind, and truly wish the best for every student at Bishop. Due to the academic and athletic excellence it pursues, I would definitely recommend this school to anyone. This is my first year at this school and I`m so lucky to be attending here. All staff members and teachers are so kind, and truly wish the best for every student at Bishop. Due to the academic and athletic excellence it pursues, I would definitely recommend this school to anyone.
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5  
The past two years, Bishop has given me a great high school experience filled with many memories. One of the best things at Bishop are spirit week and summer fever week. These weeks are fun weeks full of activities to make a little more fun.
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5  
The students and teachers at Bishop Diego are all determined to achieve goals and create a welcoming atmosphere for everyone who walks onto campus. Bishop provides opportunities for you to succeed academically, athletically, and socially, giving you chance to strive in academics and step up in leadership roles.
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5  
Everyone at Bishop is kind and welcoming, always wiling to lend a helping hand. Both the teachers and students are determined to achieve goals and create a closely knit community. With the support and encouragement of the teachers and staff, you're able to succeed and thrive in academics.
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5  
Bishop Garcia Diego High School is a great school for everyone. My experience at Bishop so far has been fantastic. Everybody there is so kind and friendly. Even though I started off online due to covid, the teachers always encouraged me to be present and to do my best. I know that may sound basic, but I truly am thankful for Bishop. Everybody at Bishop includes everyone. You never have to worry about not making friends or sitting alone at lunch. Everybody is so inclusive and always has an open hand for you. The teachers are all so kind to the students. They make class fun while still teaching so much. I never have to worry about coming home and complaining to my parents that I had a bad day at school. Bishop is such a great environment to learn in. I have truly learned so much and have met so many great lifelong friends.
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5  
I would definitely recommend Bishop Diego to any student. The teachers are dedicated to their classes; the staff keeps our school running smoothly, and the environment is safe and friendly for all people.
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5  
Bishop is truly one of a kind with its incredible sense of community, spirit, and education. If you love learning and learning in a small community, this is the school for you. The teachers are always there to support their students every step of the way!
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5  
Bishop is we`re the community is the strongest! We cheer each other on and support one another always. At bishop we love to have fun but also work really hard. Many kids here play multiple sports and have the support they need.
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5  
Greate school, beautiful campus, wonderful teachers, and all-around supportive community. There really is a significant difference between Bishop and other schools in the area. I wouldn't want to go anywhere else.
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5  
Bishop Diego is a great school. Even throughout the pandemic, the teachers and staff have worked tirelessly to keep the students in person and learning as much as possible. I am confident that I will be well equipped for college by the time I graduate, thanks to the teachers and counselors who do so much for me and my fellow students.
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5  
As a teacher at Bishop Diego High School, I can attest to the quality of educational experience your child will receive here. The administration team works diligently to make sure the students and the faculty are well taken care of and have their needs met. One aspect of Bishop Diego that stands out to me is it's ability to differentiate teaching based upon each students learning styles and needs.
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5  
Although the school is smaller than most high schools, Bishop is one of the best places you could go for pretty much anything. The education system at bishop is focused on you and your learning to help you the best they can. In addition to education, Bishops sports programs are very good and allow you to be able to play any sports with no previous experience. The bishop community is also super friendly and you are never left out while on campus.
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5  
I am only a freshman as of writing this, but I can assure you that this is an amazing school! They have amazing academics, with teachers who really care how you do. They also have amazing sports and multimedia.
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Bishop is great! Every teacher is helpful and knowledgeable in their subject, and genuinely want to help their students succeed. There are so many electives for you to choose from, including graphic design, filmmaking, ceramics, multimedia, digital sound, etc and many athletic options for students to choose from, like volleyball, golf, tennis, water polo, and more. Bishop is more than a school, it's a one-of-a-kind community full of amazing people and multiple athletic/academic opportunities.
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I love this school so much! The community feels like family and they make learning amazing. I really have grown since attending here.
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5  
Bishop has an amazing environment, the teachers are so welcoming and all of yours peers are friendly. You can play any sport you want to and get all the attention needed to succeed academically and socially. I can't imagine going anywhere else.
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As a student at bishop, I love this school. The community is wonderful and we are all very close. The teachers are always up to help you and they support us to the best of their ability.All our peers are so welcoming and you have the ability to succeed in academically and socially. I can't imagine going anywhere else.
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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 286 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $22,600
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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