University City Public Schools Off to a Successful Start

Courtesy of John Lee Evans, SD Unified School District Trustee: Once again we are starting a new school year in University City. UC has some of the highest performing schools in San Diego Unified. Each of our schools has its own unique characteristics. Doyle Elementary is an international school with students speaking 30 different languages. Spreckels is a bilingual magnet with multicultural events and Curie has many enhanced programs in the arts, science and physical education.

The elementary principals work closely together to prepare the students for Standley Middle and UC High. Standley has been awarded by the school district for its Positive School Environment, as well as its character development program and extra support for math students. UC High, has national recognition with its Silver Medal rating by US News. It has college and career pathways that include biomedical, IT, visual arts and child development. All of the schools have outstanding music programs.

As a district we have an increasing number of students across the city successfully entering college and technical careers. Outcomes have improved significantly for the underperforming groups in a district which celebrates its diversity. We are proud to serve a diverse population in University City at a time of increasing national polarization. In the coming year there will be an increased focus on students with disabilities and English Learners. We will continue to develop a growth and development model to improve results for students and teachers. We will give priority attention to high priority schools, so that in San Diego students will succeed no matter their zip code.

We also realize the connection between student health and academic achievement. First, vaccination requirements prevent the spread of disease in our schools. Second, breakfast programs ensure that all students are able to learn with proper nutrition. Third, next year we will implement healthy start times in all of our high schools, as recommended by the Centers of Disease Control and all major medical associations, with all high schools starting between 8:30 and 9:00am.

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