Education

  • Torrey Hills students get real-life insight as they design 'tiny house'

    Torrey Hills students get real-life insight as they design 'tiny house'

    Mia Roseberry, the executive director of Wounded Warrior Homes visited Torrey Hills Elementary School sixth graders on Dec. 7 to speak about how her San Marcos nonprofit is making a difference through providing transitional housing for veterans. Roseberry’s visit was meant to inspire students who...

  • Solana Highlands refresh now complete

    Solana Highlands refresh now complete

    A ribbon cutting for the new and improved Solana Highlands Elementary School will be held on Jan. 12.

  • Students speak up about classmate with BB gun at Torrey Pines

    Students speak up about classmate with BB gun at Torrey Pines

    Torrey Pines High School’s Safe Schools motto of “See something, hear something, say something” was put to effective use by students on Nov. 16 when students alerted administration that a fellow student was in possession of a BB gun on campus. “Fortunately, the safety of our students and staff...

  • San Dieguito to vote on district map Dec. 14

    San Dieguito to vote on district map Dec. 14

    San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) is now considering six maps for its transition to “by-trustee areas.” The process to draw up map options to change from an at-large election method to trustee districts is being undertaken in response to threats of costly litigation for violations...

  • Del Mar Heights team wins ‘Champions’ award at FIRST Lego League tournament

    Del Mar Heights team wins ‘Champions’ award at FIRST Lego League tournament

    All nerves and frenetic energy, nearly 300 students gathered around the stage to hear the results from Day One of the FIRST Lego League’s San Diego regional tournament. The eight 6th graders from Del Mar Heights Elementary School huddled together in their cactus-themed headgear — a nod to the research...

  • Del Mar Heights students draw inspiration from industrial designer

    Del Mar Heights students draw inspiration from industrial designer

    A real-life industrial designer paid a visit to Jasmyn Tanner’s sixth grade Quest design thinking class at Del Mar Heights School on Nov. 8, stoking some creative minds and getting kids wondering about different possibilities to explore. Michael DiTullo, founder and chief designer of his own namesake...

  • League of Amazing Programmers team takes top prize in design contest

    League of Amazing Programmers team takes top prize in design contest

    The Carmel Valley-based nonprofit League of Amazing Programmers has stayed true to its name, producing some amazing young programmers. In the recent Design for San Diego Civic Challenge, the League’s high school-aged participants took home the $5,000 prize, besting design professionals, college...

  • Solana Pacific snips ribbon on new solar panels

    Solana Pacific snips ribbon on new solar panels

    Solana Pacific Elementary School's new solar system was Solana Beach School District's first ribbon cutting ceremony for a Prop JJ-funded upgrade.

  • 'Dream come true': Torrey Pines breaks ground on new performing arts center

    'Dream come true': Torrey Pines breaks ground on new performing arts center

    For the last 27 years, theater teacher Marinee Payne has been visualizing the day when Torrey Pines High School would finally get its performing arts center, as it was the only high school campus in the district without one. Payne said she shed tears all summer after the old campus buildings came...

  • CCA grad receives National Academy of Television scholarship

    CCA grad receives National Academy of Television scholarship

    Carmel Valley’s Alyssa DeVries, 2017 graduate of Canyon Crest Academy, recently received a $10,000 scholarship from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). She was one of five students recognized nationally by the professional service organization that honors excellence in...

  • At Casa de Amistad, tutors find a second calling

    At Casa de Amistad, tutors find a second calling

    It’s not always the whiz-kids blazing a path toward college that hit John Gunther the hardest. Sometimes, it’s the kids he didn’t think wanted his help to begin with. Like Jose, for example. Gunther didn’t have the highest of hopes when he started tutoring the high school junior two years ago through...

  • San Dieguito Union High School District and Canyon Crest Academy rank #1 in Niche School Rating

    San Dieguito Union High School District and Canyon Crest Academy rank #1 in Niche School Rating

    San Dieguito Union High School District and Canyon Crest Academy continue to climb in the school ratings, recently being named the number one district and high school in San Diego County, according to a news release. Niche’s 2018 Best Public High Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of...

  • Del Mar district looks to approve new facilities master plan

    Del Mar district looks to approve new facilities master plan

    The Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) board will soon approve a new facilities master plan, a vision of how the district’s eight schools need to physically change to align with the district’s Design 2022 strategic plan and reflect its new mission: “the unrelenting pursuit of an extraordinary...

  • Back to school: Your donation is voluntary

    Back to school: Your donation is voluntary

    One of the most important lessons in public school education is that in California, all students have a “free school guarantee” – meaning no students can be charged a fee to participate in educational activities. The San Dieguito Union School District (SDUHSD) is hoping to hammer that fact home,...

  • California Department of Ed: No pay for play at Torrey Pines

    California Department of Ed: No pay for play at Torrey Pines

    The California Department of Education has found no evidence that Torrey Pines High School’s baseball program violated the law and required students to pay to play on the team. The San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) received the California Department of Education’s (CDE) decision...

  • ATP students move into new La Costa Canyon home

    ATP students move into new La Costa Canyon home

    On Friday, Aug. 25 parents and students toured the new Adult Transition Program classrooms at La Costa Canyon High School. The Adult Transition Program (ATP) supports special needs students ages 18 to 22 and helps prepare them for adult life — the meet and greet was a way for students to explore...

  • New Earl Warren Middle School ready to welcome students back

    New Earl Warren Middle School ready to welcome students back

    The San Dieguito Union School District (SDUHSD) celebrated the ribbon cutting for the new Earl Warren Middle School on Aug. 25. In two years, the 61-year-old Solana Beach campus was demolished and completely rebuilt on time and on budget. “Our oldest middle school is now our newest, but it is still...

  • San Dieguito ready to tackle special education with task force

    San Dieguito ready to tackle special education with task force

    The San Dieguito Union High School District held a special education workshop on Aug. 17, providing a general overview of the state of the program as a whole and sharing goals for the future with the board and a group of highly-engaged parents. Mark Miller, the associate superintendent of administrative...

  • Casa de Amistad recognized as a Certified Service Enterprise

    Casa de Amistad recognized as a Certified Service Enterprise

    Casa de Amistad has been certified by Points of Lights as a Service Enterprise, becoming one of the first Service Enterprises in the coastal North County area.

  • Measure JJ at work in Solana Beach School District

    Measure JJ at work in Solana Beach School District

    The Solana Beach School District has been putting Measure JJ funds to use this summer, kicking off and completing several school modernizations and improvements for its elementary school students. “We’ve had a really busy summer,” said Caroline Brown, the district’s executive director of capital...

  • San Dieguito district forms special education task force

    San Dieguito district forms special education task force

    For the last several months, parents of special education students in the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) have been working to make their voices heard. Parents have protested in front of the district office, filed a petition and often filled the district board room to advocate...

  • SDCCU Classroom Heroes honors Solana Pacific School teacher

    SDCCU Classroom Heroes honors Solana Pacific School teacher

    San Diego County Credit Union (SDCCU) Classroom Heroes recently recognized Laura Stuber, who teaches sixth grade students at Carmel Valley’s Solana Pacific Elementary School, which is in the Solana Beach School District. Her nomination for SDCCU Classroom Heroes read: “Some things that make an...

  • Del Mar school district adds director of innovation, design

    Del Mar school district adds director of innovation, design

    As the Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) continues to work on how to make education look radically different for its students, the board recently appointed Laura Spencer to the new position of executive director of innovation and design. “Laura Spencer is a dynamic leader who will bring fresh...

  • ATP program to move out of portables to La Costa Canyon

    ATP program to move out of portables to La Costa Canyon

    Facing criticism from parents over the decision to house students in the Adult Transition Program (ATP) in two portable classrooms on the new Earl Warren Middle School campus, the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) invited parents to tour the facility and participate in a special...

  • San Dieguito finds short-term solution for ATP portables

    San Dieguito finds short-term solution for ATP portables

    Facing criticism from parents over the decision to house students in the Adult Transition Program (ATP) in two portable classrooms on the new Earl Warren Middle School campus, the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) invited parents to to tour the facility and participate in a special...

  • Encinitas sports leagues eye La Costa Valley fields

    Encinitas sports leagues eye La Costa Valley fields

    The City of Carlsbad is withdrawing its offer to operate the La Costa Valley fields for the San Dieguito Union High School District. Situated on 28 acres on Calle Barcelona, the site is home to two baseball fields, a softball field and three soccer and lacrosse fields. According to the district’s...

  • Canyon Crest Academy graduate named Bank of America Student Leader

    Canyon Crest Academy graduate named Bank of America Student Leader

    CCA graduate Alexander Zhang named Bank of America Student Leader

  • SOUL charter school lands in Solana Beach

    SOUL charter school lands in Solana Beach

    The San Dieguito Union High School District’s first charter school, the School of Universal Learning (SOUL), has finally found its home. SOUL will open for its first day of school on Aug. 29 at the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito Harper Branch in Solana Beach. Securing a facility had been founders...

  • Villa Musica inspires a music community of all ages

    Villa Musica inspires a music community of all ages

    Villa Musica in Sorrento Valley offers community music education and provides several free programs in under-served areas of San Diego.

  • Canyon Crest Academy group to bring robotics to Panama

    Canyon Crest Academy group to bring robotics to Panama

    Canyon Crest Academy students have come together to form a new nonprofit called STEAM in Panama. The organization’s focus is on sponsoring a robotics team for middle school students at the Metropolitan School of Panama. Currently, Panama does not have a regional robotics representation in the FIRST...

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