San Diego Schools
San Diego’s schools are among the many reasons people choose to live in America’s Finest City. The 43 school districts in San Diego County continually rank among the best in California, and the average ratio of 20 students per teacher means that your child will receive the individual attention that he or she needs to succeed at any level, from K-12 through college.
In addition to the more than 425 elementary schools, 95 middle schools, and 95 high schools serving over 500,000 students, the area also offers many charter and private schools. The county of San Diego and cities within the area make education a top priority and a recent emphasis by the state of California on putting money back into education means that the quality of schools in the area will continue to rise and attract education professionals.
Because of the high standard of living in San Diego, the area attracts school teachers and administrators from across the nation. There are more than 15,000 jobs in education in the county, and many teachers have been the recipients of state and national grants and awards for excellence in education.
San Diego schools demand that K-12 students learn through a rigorous curriculum that hones skills in critical-thinking, higher math, and communications. Because of the area’s growing science and technology sectors, great importance is placed on computer use in the classroom. With an average ratio of 4.3 students per computer, the area ranks above the state average for computer access. Community and parental support of schools is high throughout the area. The arts, as well as sciences, are considered of value with many programs for music, art, and drama.
The San Diego area ranks well above others in California for several academic indicators including the Academic Performance Index (API), which measures the academic growth of schools. This indicator has ranked San Diego schools above 700 (on a scale from 200 to 1000) for five consecutive years, with many districts above 800. SAT scores are also among the highest in California, and San Diego boasts a high percentage of high school seniors who go on to college.
Post-secondary education is strong in San Diego. The University of California San Diego is recognized as one of the preeminent research universities in the nation, specializing in science and technology with graduate programs in departments such as the Jacobs School of Engineering, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and a widely respected School of Medicine. In 2006, US News and World Report ranked UCSD as the seventh best school in the country for public university undergraduate programs. San Diego State University is the fifth largest university in the state and has a student population of over 35,000. It is the only university in the California State system to rank in the national listings of best colleges. Other universities of high standing such as the University of San Diego and many community colleges give the area a diverse and attractive environment for educators, administrators, and students alike.