The Rhoades School

The Rhoades School is unique among the educational options that exist in San Diego County.
As a Pre-K - Grade 8 school designed for and dedicated to serving bright, high achieving students, we focus on teaching children How to Think, not what to think.
Recognizing that teacher expectations, communicated either implicitly or explicitly, directly influence student performance, Rhoades School faculty set the achievement bar very high and engage students in a rigorous curriculum that requires them to think persistently, flexibly, and creatively, while striving for accuracy and precision.

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The Rhoades School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:


School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Academically advanced students
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
666 students
Student Body Type
Students by Grade
The Rhoades School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
32 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
18 students
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Feb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition rates differ for Elementary School and Middle School. Please visit the school\'s website for detailed information.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Jenni L Beadle


Total Sports Offered
4 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
9 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Chess Club, FIRST Robotics, Math Club, Orchestra, Science Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Band, Choir, theater, Thespian Society

School Notes

  • Rhoades School students are creative, curious and independent thinkers who exhibit an enthusiasm and passion for learning. At Rhoades, students set high expectations for themselves and welcome the opportunity to dig deeply into subject matter, whether questioning if mathematics is really about numbers or examining if literature can serve as a vehicle for social change. The faculty at Rhoades engage in instructional practices that emphasize collaboration and discussion; Rhoades is an environment where student engagement and participation flourish.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does The Rhoades School cost?
The Rhoades School's tuition is approximately $22,700 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of The Rhoades School?
The acceptance rate of The Rhoades School is 55%, which is lower than the national average of 84%. The Rhoades School's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in California with low acceptance rates.
What sports does The Rhoades School offer?
The Rhoades School offers 4 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Track and Field and Volleyball.
What is The Rhoades School's ranking?
The Rhoades School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for: Lowest average acceptance rates and Largest student body.
When is the application deadline for The Rhoades School?
The application deadline for The Rhoades School is Feb. 1 / rolling (applications are due on Feb. 1 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

School Reviews

A couple years ago my daughter, then in sixth grade, was attending what we felt was a good north San Diego County private school. She approached me one day toward the end of that school year and complained that she felt she wasn't being challenged enough academically in just about every subject. She asked me if we could consider looking for an alternative school that would be more committed to academic excellence. I agreed, and we started looking at and visiting just about every school in the area. After several field trips and talking to many neighboring parents and students, we both concluded that the Rhoades School in Encinitas was the finest lower and middle school in North County. My daughter applied for and fortunately was admitted to the Rhoades School's 7th grade the following year. She is now in 8th grade and has been attending Rhoades for almost a school year and a half and it has been EVERYTHING she had hoped for. She has been far more challenged and is learning so much more in every subject including math, science, the humanities and technology. Her math and writing skills have improved tremendously. She entered her first science fair ever and went to the county and regional finals. She has learned incredible programming skills on multiple platforms and has thoroughly enjoyed it. She was encouraged and supported to enter a regional creativity contest combining the humanities and arts disciplines and won an award there as well. In short, my daughter's entire scholastic experience at the Rhoades School has been INCREDIBLE: incredibly challenging, incredibly fulfilling and incredibly fun.
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The average private school tuition in San Diego County, CA is $13,945 for elementary schools and $21,767 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in San Diego County, CA is 83% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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