A Parent's Guide to Public Schools 2019 - Voice of San Diego

A Parent's Guide to Public Schools 2019

A Parent's Guide to Public Schools
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Voice of San Diego is pleased to publish the 2019 edition of A Parent’s Guide to Public Schools. The guide was created to provide a tool for families to use when making decisions about a child’s education. Not only does it provide an overview of every public school’s performance in easy-to-read charts, the guide also answers questions about local public school options, including information on school choice, charter schools and transitional kindergarten. It also showcases several innovative approaches some schools are trying, and includes a checklist to support you as you explore your options. 

Voice of San Diego has distributed 50,000 copies of the guide throughout the county. Check your local library to obtain a copy. Copies are also available through these community partners:

Or download a copy here. It’s available in English and Spanish.

We’ve also created an interactive map that allows you to explore schools by geographic location. The map incorporates the school data from the guide.

Thinking about which school is right for your child? Join us for an overview of our Parent’s Guide to Public Schools. Our experts will answer questions about the Guide, school choice, and public school options.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at the City Heights Library

Saturday, September 28, 2019 at the Linda Vista Library

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at the San Ysidro Library

Most of the data in the guide comes from the California Department of Education as of December 2018. We included demographic information about each school’s students, like the percent of students who are eligible for free or reduced lunch, which is a commonly used indicator of poverty in education.

Other data comes from the state’s new California Schools Dashboard, which reports information about the level and trend-line of the test results of each school. We’ve taken the step of converting the state’s color codes to special symbols. And owe have also indicated which schools offer popular programs like dual-language immersion and the International Baccalaureate program.

You can download the raw data here.

Laura Kohn, the director of Communications and the Center for Local Income Mobility at the San Diego Workforce Partnership, was instrumental in pulling this together. UC San Diego Extension’s Center for Research on the Regional Economy helped us organize the data. Map and data visualization was done by Ashley Lewis.

If you have questions or comments about the guide, email info@voiceofsandiego.org. We look forward to your feedback.

Voice of San Diego is a nonprofit news organization. Our work, like the Parent’s Guide to Public Schools, would not be possible without the support of our members, corporate and community partners, and foundations. We’d like to recognize our sponsors for the guide:


Girard Foundation

Weil Family Foundation

Nordson Foundation