Torrey Pines High School PhilosophyTop of Page

The purpose of our school is to educate students. This can only be accomplished when students are provided with a safe environment and are able to concentrate on their studies. Therefore:

Students must behave in ways that allow teachers to teach, students to learn, and in ways that encourage others to learn. Students must behave in a manner that is in the best interest to everyone.
Please review our Discipline Policy Notification (para Español: Notificación Política de Disciplina) and be familiar with the "key items to be aware of."  For additional information, please see below.

School Rules (Including All On and Off Campus Related Activities)Top of Page

  • Students must attend class and be on time unless excused by a parent or an appropriate staff member.
  • Students must follow directions from all school staff.
  • Teachers are discouraged from permitting students to have food or beverages in classrooms. Students may eat in the mezzanine in the event of rain.
  • Students must not use profanity, obscenity or vulgarity in speaking, actions, writing, or dress.
  • Students must not distract the educational process by the use of: phones, radios, hand-held games, mp3 players or other electronic devices.
  • Laser pointers are prohibited on campus at all times.
  • Students are prohibited from using bikes, skateboards or any form of skates on school property.
  • Students may not use cell phones without permission. Phones may be confiscated and a meeting with an Assistant Principal and parents in attendance may be required.
  • Students must not fight, attempt to start a fight, make threats or intimidate others.
  • Students are prohibited from possessing, using, or selling drugs (including alcohol and tobacco) or "look-a-likes."
  • Students must not destroy or deface school, staff or student property.
  • Students must not possess weapons, weapon facsimiles or explosive devices.
  • Students must not cheat, steal or extort. (See Academic Policy.)
  • Students must not make unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or verbal, visual or physical conduct of a sexual nature. (See Sexual Harassment Policy).
  • Students must always use an automobile appropriately, always obey traffic laws, and always drive safely.
  • Students are prohibited from gambling.
  • Students are expected to dress appropriately (see Dress Code).
  • Students must not litter on school campus.
  • All students 9-12 must remain on campus during nutirtion break.  Juniors and Seniors may leave campus at lunch only. Freshman and sophomore students may not leave campus during lunch.

Safe SchoolsTop of Page

Students and staff members are entitled under the California State Constitution to attend schools that are safe, secure, and peaceful. The presence of weapons or replicas contribute to a climate of fear and disrupts the learning environment of the school. Replicas of weapons whether they be toy firearms, theatrical props, cap guns, starter pistols or replicas of other deadly weapons, have no place in the school environment.

Parent LiabilityTop of Page

California law holds parents/guardians liable for any willful student misconduct which results in the death or injury of any student or persons employed by or volunteering for the district. Parents/guardians are also liable for any defacement, injury or loss of property belonging to the district or to a school employee. For more information, please review SDUHSD BP 5231.

Tobacco Free FacilitiesTop of Page

In the best interests of students, employees and the general public, the Board of Education prohibits the use of tobacco products at all times on district property and in district vehicles. This prohibition applies to all employees, students, visitors and other persons at any school or school sponsored activity or athletic event. It applies to any meeting on any property owned, leased or rented by or from the district. Tobacco products are prohibited from use or possession by students on campus or within 1,000 feet of campus boundary.

First Offense: A court citation, parent contact, and a referral to a one-hour tobacco class.
Second Offense: A court citation and a Student Assistance Services (SAS) Intervention. Student will have the choice of a 2 day suspension or an eight-week Tobacco Education Group (TEG/INSIGHT) class.
Third Offense: A court citation and a Student Assistance Services (SAS) Intervention. 3-Days Suspension.

Sexual HarassmentTop of Page

It is the intent of the Board of Education that no student shall be discriminated against because of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and/or other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature by any person within the educational setting.

Such conduct committed under the following conditions shall be considered as sexual harassment:

  • Submission to the conduct is a condition of academic status or progress.
  • Submission is used as a basis of academic decisions affecting the student.
  • The conduct has the purpose of effect of negatively affecting academic progress or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment.
  • Submission to or rejection of the conduct of the students used as the basis for any decision affecting the student regarding benefits, services, honors programs, or activities available through the educational institution.

Any student and/or parent may report any instance of sexual harassment to the principal or designee for investigation and resolution through appropriate disciplinary procedures.

Intentional Harassment (IH)Top of Page

Intentional harassment is defined as threats or intimidation directed against a student or group of students that is sufficiently severe or pervasive that it materially disrupts class work, creates disorder, and invades the rights of that student or group of students.

Students are subject to suspension and/or expulsion for harassment when other means of correction have failed to bring about proper conduct or if the students presence causes a continuing danger to physical safety or threatens to disrupt the educational process.

Hate Violence (HV)Top of Page

Hate violence is defined as any act punishable under California Statutes that interferes with the exercise of an individuals civil rights, defacing or damaging personal property or felonies against persons because of the victims race, color, religion, nationality, or ancestry. (Penal Code Sections 442.6, 442.7 and 442.7.75).

Students are subject to suspension and/or expulsion for hate violence when other means of correction have failed to bring about proper conduct or if the students presence causes a continuing danger to physical safety or threatens to disrupt the educational process.

WeaponsTop of Page

Students utilizing any dangerous or deadly weapon (including replicas) in a threatening manner or to incite fear, inflict injury, or disrupt the educational process are subject suspension/expulsion.

Any SDUHSD employee or district contracted transportation service representative may remove from the possession of any student any firearm, knife (including Swiss army, pocket, etc.), explosive or other dangerous objects, while the student is on school premises or engaged in any school sponsored activity or going to or returning from school or otherwise under the authority of the school.

This act shall be reported to the principal/designee. The student will surrender all dangerous objects or be subject to disciplinary action for such refusal. Parents and appropriate law enforcement officials shall be notified by the principal/designee of the taking of weapons and the disciplinary action followed.


Students are subject to suspension or expulsion for possessing illegal weapons upon a first offense. Illegal weapons will be turned over to the police department as evidence. Other items may be returned to parents and/or guardians.

Search and SeizureTop of Page

In order to maintain order on the school premises, it may be necessary at times to conduct searches of students and/or student property. School officials may search individual students and their property when there is a reasonable suspicion that the search will uncover evidence that the student is violating the law or the rules of the district or the school.

Academic Honestly PolicyTop of Page

Honest behavior is an expectation for all students in SDUHSD. The purpose of this policy is to create and maintain an ethical academic atmosphere. "Academic Honesty" means that all academic work is the legitimate, truthful work of the student. Students submit tests, essays, projects, and homework that are free from fraud or deception. When taking tests or submitting homework, students rely on their own knowledge and preparation, unless otherwise instructed by the teacher. Students credit sources used when the wording, ideas, facts, statistics, or opinions of other persons or books are utilized. Honest, ethical behavior is an essential component in the learning process.

Behaviors Which Will NOT be ToleratedTop of Page

Cheating on Tests - Any intentional giving of or use of external assistance relating to an examination, test, or quiz without express permission of the teacher. This includes looking on another students paper, sharing answers, or copying another students paper.

Fabrication - Any intentional falsification or invention of data citation, or other authority in an academic exercise.

Unauthorized Collaboration - While collaboration is often encouraged, unauthorized collaboration is not permitted.

Plagiarism - Any intentional representation of another's ideas, words, or work as ones own. Plagiarism includes the misuse of published material, electronic material, and/or the work of other students. The original writer who intentionally shares his/her paper for another to copy, without permission of the teacher, is also engaged in plagiarism.

Alteration of Materials - Any intentional and unauthorized alteration of student, teacher, or library materials.

Forgery - Any unauthorized signing of another persons name to school related documents.

Theft - Any Theft of materials.

Transfer of Unauthorized Materials - Any giving or selling of unauthorized materials.

Consequences for Academic DishonestyTop of Page

Any alleged violation of will be investigated thoroughly and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. Depending on the severity of the offense one or more of the following consequences may occur:

  • Loss of all credit for the assignment or test with no makeup permitted.
  • Placement on probation with a contract (in the class of the infraction) for the remainder of that class.
  • Referral to the assistant principal and the parent/guardian will be contacted.
  • Dropped from the class with no credit.
  • Referral to the Student Assistance Services (SAS) Team.
  • Suspension from school.
  • Removal from all elected or appointed leadership positions for the remainder of the school year.

Note - Violation on a school administered national or state examination will result in a district Code of Conduct violation.

Consequences for Breaking School RulesTop of Page

(One or More of the Following May Occur)
  • Warning
  • Parent Contact / Conference
  • Campus Beautification
  • Friday School
  • School / Class Suspension
  • Behavior Contract
  • Student Assistance Services
  • Alternative School Placement
  • Expulsion

TardiesTop of Page

Students must be in class when the final bell rings or they are considered tardy. Students must have a written pass from a staff member, attendance office or an administrator for the teacher to excuse the tardy.

Consequences for Tardies

  • 1-3 Occurrences - Parent Contact
  • 4 or More Occurrences - Parent contact, referral to Assistant Principal, Friday School, behavior contract

Friday SchoolTop of Page

  1. Students must have their ID card to be admitted.
  2. No one will be admitted after 2:45 pm
  3. Students must have schoolwork to do or will not be permitted to stay.  (No computers, drawing, or reading of magazines.)
  4. No music, games (including graphing calculator games), movies, headphones, or cell phones.
  5. There will be no sleeping, group work or talking.
  6. There will be no eating or drinking in the room.  Bottles of water with caps on them are the only exception.
  7. Any discipline problems will result in immediate removal from Friday School and a referral.

Hall PassesTop of Page

Students are required to carry a Hall Pass when out on campus during class time. Students without a Hall Pass will be assigned Friday school or campus beautification.

Student I.D. CardsTop of Page

Students also are required to carry their Torrey Pines High School I.D. cards with them at all times during school hours and at all on and off campus related school events. Students must be prepared to present it upon request by any staff member or administrator.