Five years after San Diego Unified made quality neighborhood schools its No. 1 priority, those schools aren’t holding on to any more kids than they did when the effort began, a new report shows.
The San Diego Unified school board set a goal in 2011 that would come to define its big, overarching vision for the decade: By the year 2020, every neighborhood will have a quality school.
One way to measure that: More students would choose their closest neighborhood schools instead of opting into schools in other neighborhoods. The district would not end the choice program, which allows students to attend schools farther away from their homes. Rather, neighborhood schools would become so attractive that parents would want their kids to attend.
That was the hope. But a new study from University of San Diego’s Center for Education Policy and Law shows 42 percent of parents across the district choose to send their kids to schools outside their neighborhoods. That’s about the same percentage of students as 2011.