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A Guide to Schools in Downtown San Diego

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Downtown San Diego School Guide

Although Downtown San Diego is often thought of as a place for young professionals, plenty of families prefer city living and want their children to experience the benefits of an urban lifestyle. If you and your family are thinking of buying a Downtown San Diego penthouse, loft, or condo but you’re unsure about the school system, here’s a handy guide to get you started.

Elementary Schools

Washington Elementary (Public) –Washington Elementary is one of two public schools for K-5 in the Downtown San Diego area (Sherman Elementary is the other). Washington Elementary is a STEAM school, meaning it promotes educational opportunities for students to improve their understanding of science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

Urban Discovery Academy (Charter) – Urban Discovery Academy is a privately run school chartered through the San Diego Unified School District and boasts an eight out of ten rating. The school prides itself on project-based learning (encouraging children to learn through experience) and promotes physical education as well as visual and performing arts.

Middle Schools

KIPP Adelante Preparatory Academy (Charter) – KIPP is a small college-prep school just north of Cortez Hill Downtown San Diego. The school utilizes the Knowledge is Power Program to help students develop the character traits, intellectual habits, and academic skills to be successful in college and beyond.

Roosevelt International Middle School (Public) – As a community school, Roosevelt has partnerships in place with local businesses, social service organizations, educational services, and other community resources that benefit both students and staff. This three-year middle school is also just one of two International Baccalaureate schools in San Diego. IB schools emphasize creative and critical thinking and encourage students to challenge themselves by being responsible for their own learning.

High Schools

e3 Civic High School (Charter) – Recently opened in the new San Diego Public Library in East Village Downtown San Diego, e3 (engage, educate, empower) embraces the surrounding community to help students prepare for life-long learning. The school features rooms of varying sizes, modular glass walls, and easy-to-move furniture all designed to promote collaboration between students and teachers. Students can also graduate with both a diploma as well as a community college degree.

Balboa City School (Private, K-12) – The goal of Balboa City School is to help students enjoy learning, develop positive self-esteem, and push them to explore their potential. The school also emphasizes cultural diversity, creativity, social leadership, and STEAM. The curriculum is fully accredited, class sizes are small, and tuition is a little over $15,000 for students in grades 9 to 12.

Although this list features a handful of local schools, it’s important to remember that students can attend any school within the district. For more information or to find real estate in Downtown San Diego near a preferred school, reach out to the experts at 92101 Urban Living by calling (619) 649-0368. With more than a decade of experience, they’ll help you find a condo, loft, or penthouse perfectly suited to your family’s needs. ')}