Community and school information:
The City of Dixon was founded in 1868 on rich agricultural land in Solano County. Dixon merged with nearby Silveyville residents to form what is today one of the most productive agricultural communities in Northern California.
While historically an agricultural town, Dixon, California is now primarily a residential community of 18,000 for people who work in Sacramento, Davis, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Smaller local businesses and farming are still an important livelihood in Dixon.
Dixon Unified is a growing district that serves approximately 4,000 students K-12 in four elementary schools, one middle school, one comprehensive 9-12 high school, and several alternative programs such as Maine Prairie Continuation High School, Dixon Community Day School, and the DHS Independent Study program.
Dixon High School is home to approximately 1,210 students. The school itself, started in 1892, moved in 2007 from its original location at 455 East A Street, just east of the city’s historical core to a new site on 555 College Way, just south of the original high school.
Residents of Dixon passed a bond in 2002 to construct the new, 155,000 square-foot Dixon High School. The new campus includes state-of-the art classrooms, a library/media center, a science building, a sports facility and stadium, computer labs, a joint-use theatre, a music building, a home economics and clothing lab, and a large cafeteria center. The new Dixon High School is designed to accommodate population growth in Dixon for the next 15 years. It is a beautiful and modern campus which shows students that education is valued in the community.
Dixon High School received a six year term of accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in 2008.
The academic program includes three specialized Academies, open to juniors and seniors: Public Service, Arts and Design, and Agriculture/Industrial Arts. AP courses are offered in Biology, Calculus AB, English Language, English Literature, Government, and Spanish. Honors classes are offered in English 10, Chemistry, Physics, Pre-Calculus, and US History. Placement into honors classes is competitive; placement into AP is based on teacher recommendation and completion of pre-requisite coursework.
220 credits are required for graduation. All courses yield 5 credits per semester. Most students enroll in 6 classes, although an optional 7th period is available for some electives. Seniors are allowed a 5 period day if they have completed 180 credits by the start of the senior year.
Grading and Ranking:
A 90-100 Excellent 4.0
B 80-89 Above Average 3.0
C 70-79 Average 2.0
D 60-69 Needs Improvement 1.0
F below 60 Fail 0.0
NM No Mark (due to excessive absences)
P Pass (Teacher Assistant, Sports credits, some remedial courses)
Honors weighting: 1 extra grade point for approved honors and AP courses
All graded coursework is calculated in the Academic GPA; weighted and non-weighted grade point averages are reported on the transcript.
College preparatory coursework is indicated by a *p* on the transcript; honors/AP coursework is indicated by a *+*
Students are not ranked numerically; a percentile ranking will be reported if requested.
Colleges attended by Dixon High School graduates over the last three years:
Academy of Art College Arizona State University
Boise State University Brigham Young University
California Institute of Technology CSU, Chico
CSU, East Bay CSU, Fresno
CSU, Humboldt CSU, Los Angeles
CSU, Long Beach CSU, Monterey Bay
CSU, Northridge Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
CSU, Sacramento CSU, San Diego
CSU, San Francisco CSU, San Jose
CSU, Sonoma Denison College
Gonzaga University Linfield College
Randolph College Simpson University
St. Mary’s College US Military Academy, West Point
UC Berkeley UC Davis
UC Irvine UC Los Angeles
UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz
University of the Pacific University of Portland
University of San Diego Utah State University