A Parent's Guide to San Diego Schools

A Parent's Guide to San Diego Schools

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Voice of San Diego is pleased to publish the 2021 edition of A Parent’s Guide to San Diego Schools. The guide was created to provide a tool for families to use when making decisions about a child’s education.

The guide provides an overview of every public school’s performance in easy-to-read charts, and it’s full of stories that explain education jargon, online learning, independent study options as well as charter and private schools.

Voice of San Diego has distributed 50,000 copies of the guide throughout the county. Check your local library to obtain a hard copy.

Copies are available through our community partners. Click here to find a location near you.

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We are hosting free events to answer your questions about local schools and walk you through the guide. Click any of the dates below to register for your preferred event.

Thursday, Oct. 7, 5:00 p.m. | Online

Saturday, Oct. 9, 3:00 p.m. | Malcom X Library

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 5:00 p.m. | Online



Stories From the Guide

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Students and Teachers Got Better at Online Learning. Now It’s Here to Stay.

The pandemic forced teachers and students to get better at teaching and learning online. Now that remote learning has been involuntarily driven into the bedrock of educational practice, it appears here to stay.

They’re Going Back! (Or Are They?)

Schools across San Diego will be reopening their campuses in person. But a lot of students never went back last spring, and many of them will have more options than ever.

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Once Niche, Independent Study Programs Are Now Expanding

The pandemic gave students and parents a taste of how more flexible, home-based schooling works, and some may not be fully ready to give it up.

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Charters Are Mixed on Learning Options for 2021-22 School Year

Some charter schools are still planning to offer virtual options to students into the next year even as others take the opposite route.


Private Schools Are Filling Up

Some private schools adapted rapidly to COVID-19-related restrictions and rules, and saw an uptick in demand in the 2020-2021 school year.

A New Testing Metric That Controls for School Poverty

For this year’s guide, we created a metric that puts test scores in a new and revealing light.

San Diego 101: Choosing a School

Choosing the right school for your child can be daunting. Where do you start? What’s the difference between a charter school and a magnet school? What data should you consider? In this episode of our explainer series San Diego 101, we walk you through the basics of school choice and explain what information is available for you to consider.

Dig Through the Data

Search for a school, city or district. You can also sort all columns to help make sense of the data. Scroll to the right to see test scores, graduation rates, average teaching years and more.

Ask Us Anything

If you have questions or comments about the guide, email info@voiceofsandiego.org.

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Thank You

Voice of San Diego is a member supported nonprofit news organization. We thank the corporate and community partners, foundations and members who make our work possible.

A special thanks to the following for their sponsorship of this guide:

Girard Foundation

Weil Family Foundation

Nordson Foundation