The plan to tear down and rebuild the Memorial Preparatory Academy campus in Logan Heights is moving forward on a delayed timeline and larger scale.
Rather than close an elementary school that shares the campus to accommodate the rebuilt middle school and a new high school, the working plan now appears to preserve the campus’ mini-schools feel and expand to serve students in every grade.
“Through engagement with the community the district adjusted the project scope to create the current TK-12 plan which rebuilds most of the campus to accommodate all grades,” said district spokesman Samer Naji. “The TK-12 education complex will likely have one name and two principals.”
Memorial Prep had the distinction of being the school most avoided by local students in the 2014-15 school year. Out of the 2,020 middle school-aged kids who lived near Memorial Prep, more than 80 percent chose to go elsewhere, district data showed.
The campus housed Memorial Prep middle school, district-run Logan K-8 school and King Chavez Academy of Excellence K-8 charter school last year. The nearly 330-student charter school will relocate to the district-owned Marcy Avenue complex less than a half-mile away starting this fall, district officials said.
“We are happy with it. We understood from the beginning that that was not a permanent home for our students,” said Gabe Collins, principal of King Chavez Academy of Excellence. “The challenges of being on a shared campus, it became clear that long term, in order for us to be able to grow our program, being on our own site made the most sense.”
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I would like to see it called the Ramon "Chunky" Sanchez Educational Campus. Chunky High.
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- Chunky Sanchez
San Diego Unified has completely failed the students of Logan Heights and Barrio Logan for decades. Shameful what's been done. Better yet what hasn't been done. From terrible administrators to bad teachers. Year after year this has gone on. I live blocks from Memorial and would not send my school age child there. Even with a shiny new campus with all of the amenities. The district has never and will never commit to giving that school good, dedicated, bilingual teachers. Like Lincoln High Memorial will forever be neglected by the district.