Unlike every other school in San Diego, Lincoln High School has no neighborhood middle school that automatically feeds teens into the local high school.
That longstanding problem could loom even larger as San Diego Unified embarks on a new set of school reforms based around bringing neighborhood schools together.
The idea is that if kids struggle with writing in middle schools, teachers can turn to the elementary schools to figure out better ways to prepare them and build on what they’ve learned. Middle and high schools work together to smooth the transition, ensuring that lessons and methods match up.
But Lincoln has a muddle in the middle.
Roughly half of local students leave the neighborhood when middle school rolls around, taking buses north to other schools. What were once the neighborhood middle schools have converted into independent charter schools. Because charters are separate from the school district, their students don’t automatically feed into the local high schools — and two of the closest charters are now forming high schools of their own.
The result is a mishmash.