Friday, December 7, 2012

Spotlight on Success

Schools throughout San Diego Unified continue to make significant progress in the area of student achievement, supporting the district’s mission to make sure all students graduate with the skills, motivation, curiosity and resilience to succeed in their choice of college and career. A Board of Education workshop held Nov. 27 recognized and celebrated 13 schools representing all areas of the district for their increases in student achievement. Spotlighted schools demonstrated a combination of best practices, academic growth, steady progress over time, and closing achievement gaps.   

Many of the schools are described as "beating the odds."  Common threads across spotlighted schools include a strong, ongoing focus on quality teaching, personalization or "knowing" their students, differentiated intervention strategies, and a shift in school culture.  We are pleased to see these diverse schools setting the standard for our Quality Neighborhood School Initiative.  Congratulations to Cadman, Green, and Perry elementary schools; Challenger, Clark, Memorial Preparatory, and Pacific Beach middle schools; Kearny School of International Business, Morse, Point Loma, Scripps Ranch and Twain high schools; and Riley/New Dawn.  

To watch the school presentation videos and read the PowerPoint presentation, visit