City schools kick off new school year

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SAN DIEGO — The fall semester began Tuesday for nearly 133,000 students in the San Diego Unified School District, the state’s second-largest.

back to schoolAmong them are freshmen and sophomores entering the district’s newest charter school, e3 Civic High, which occupies the two highest floors in the new Central Library. The seven-story building doesn’t open to the public until later this month.

The arrangement with the district provided $20 million to the financing package used to construct the new library, located in the East Village near Petco Park.

“We are committed to providing a dynamic personalized college and career preparatory education that is a model for 21st century learning,” said Helen Griffith, the school’s executive director.

“Our students will study a real-world, relevant curriculum and be exposed to civic and world issues, early college courses, and exciting internships that will shape their lives.”

Students will be provided with tablet computers and be able to use the library, for which a grand opening celebration is scheduled for Sept. 28.

School officials said the freshman class is full, but the sophomore class group has some spots open, although they expect to create a waiting list of applicants. Information about applying is online at

Once the 11th and 12th grades are added in a couple of years, enrollment at the school will be 500 students.

The school year will be the first for new Superintendent Cindy Marten. The former principal at Central Elementary School succeeded Bill Kowba.


  • Lesley

    I just viewed this story. As a teacher AND a parent, I see both sides of this story. I wish this story would have added teachers into the mix. Believe me, no teacher wants to have to ask for donations for basic school supplies. Every district is different, but all have a budget and a very small amount is alloted to teachers for classroom supplies. I spent close to $200 of my own money, just to get the school year started for my third grade classroom. I have to buy my own kleenex, hand sanitizer, dixie cups (no water in my class, so we have dispenser), etc., I work in a very low income area, so donations do not come readily. I spend about $500+ of my own money annually for basic school supplies. Currently, my school has no copy paper so I am having to purchase that as well. I am not writing to complain, but to give a more realistic picture of what is happening. Teachers are asking for donations because our schools do not have adequate resources to completely equip classrooms for the entire year. So, if anyone can donate a box of pencils, awesome. For a parent it may cost only $1, but for a teacher, he/she has to multipy that times 30+ It adds up fast.

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