Education

  • RSF Superintendent leads effort for action plan for growth

    RSF Superintendent leads effort for action plan for growth

    Entering his second school year as the leader of the Rancho Santa Fe School District, Superintendent David Jaffe has his eyes focused on the future and on setting up an action plan for the continuous growth. As he announced in spring, Jaffe plans to take the district through a “self-study” process...

  • Rancho Santa Fe School District crafts strategic plan for the arts

    Rancho Santa Fe School District crafts strategic plan for the arts

    After a year of reflection, thoughtfulness and hard work to determine the best path for the visual and performing arts at R. Roger Rowe School, the Rancho Santa Fe School District board approved the new strategic plan for the arts at its Aug. 3 meeting. To help develop the plan, Superintendent...

  • San Dieguito district forms special education task force

    San Dieguito district forms special education task force

    In response to feedback received at a July 28 tour of the Adult Transition Program (ATP) facilities, the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) informed parents on Aug. 1 that the entire program will be moved to La Costa Canyon High School from the Earl Warren campus for the coming school...

  • Foundation to host Newcomers’ events for R. Roger Rowe School

    Foundation to host Newcomers’ events for R. Roger Rowe School

    The Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation will host its annual Newcomers’ Welcome Pool Parties for new families to the Rancho Santa Fe School District. These parties are an opportunity to meet others and make new friends prior to the beginning of the school year. Parents of current students host...

  • San Dieguito's ATP program to move to La Costa Canyon

    San Dieguito's ATP program to move 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 to tour the facility and participate in a special...

  • 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...

  • Policy on temporary residency outside Rancho Santa Fe School District boundaries renewed

    Policy on temporary residency outside Rancho Santa Fe School District boundaries renewed

    The Rancho Santa Fe School District board approved the renewal of a policy July 6 on continued enrollment of children whose parents are temporarily not residing in the district. The policy was adopted by the board in 2008 to address a very limited exception to the rule set forth by the California...

  • Demetri Brizolis delivers UCLA Mathematics Department commencement address

    Demetri Brizolis delivers UCLA Mathematics Department commencement address

    Demetri Brizolis, a longtime resident of Rancho Santa Fe, addressed the UCLA Department of Mathematics graduating class of 2017 on Father’s Day, June 18. The department, ranked 7th in the world, graduated over 400 students, including 34 doctoral students, in pure and applied mathematics before...

  • New Pacific Highlands Ranch homes assigned to Solana Santa Fe

    New Pacific Highlands Ranch homes assigned to Solana Santa Fe

    The Solana Beach School District has set attendance boundaries for students generated by new homes being built in Pacific Highlands Ranch — some students will be heading to Solana Ranch Elementary School while some will be attending Solana Santa Fe Elementary School in Rancho Santa Fe. The new...

  • Solana Beach School District takes stance on youth access to marijuana

    Solana Beach School District takes stance on youth access to marijuana

    The Solana Beach School District (SBSD) board passed a resolution June 29 opposing youth access to marijuana storefronts and commercial cultivation, seeking to protect its students and all children from the “harmful effects of marijuana” at a young age. The resolution states that the commercialization...

  • Special education parents continue to advocate for inclusion

    Special education parents continue to advocate for inclusion

    The San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) board approved its Local Control Accountability Plan for the 2017-18 school year at its June 22 board meeting. The LCAP depicts district goals and actions to address state priorities and details how the district will utilize state Local Control...

  • San Dieguito approves budget with $7.4 million deficit

    San Dieguito approves budget with $7.4 million deficit

    At the June 22 San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) board meeting, the district adopted the 2017-18 budget in a 3-1 vote, with John Salazar voting against it (board member Mo Muir was absent from the meeting). The budget reflects revenues of $95.9 million and expenditures of $103 million,...

  • Parents, coaches express support for TPHS Foundation

    Parents, coaches express support for TPHS Foundation

    When Nicole Baril’s children got to Torrey Pines High School, she had no idea what a foundation was. She thought the Torrey Pines High School Foundation had nothing to do with her, it did not impact her kids and it wasn’t something she needed to be a part of. But as her kids moved through the school...

  • RSF School to purchase new iPads to replace Chromebooks

    RSF School to purchase new iPads to replace Chromebooks

    Rancho Santa Fe School students will be making the switch from Chromebooks to iPads next year. At the June 22 school board meeting, the RSF School District board approved $352,174 to purchase 820 iPads. The cost includes trade-ins of current iPads the district owns. Six years ago, the district...

  • Report finds no evidence of 'pay to play' at Torrey Pines

    Report finds no evidence of 'pay to play' at Torrey Pines

    The San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) recently completed its response to allegations that the Torrey Pines High School (TPHS) baseball team was in violation of district policies and state law. After an independent investigation by the Sobel Group, the district sent a response to...

  • Overparenting Anonymous

    Overparenting Anonymous

    R. Roger Rowe School hosted Dr. Wendy Mogel, author of the best-selling parenting books “The Blessing of a Skinned Knee” and “The Blessing of a B Minus” on May 10.

  • High school district to review costs of College Fair

    High school district to review costs of College Fair

    As the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) begins planning for next year’s College Fair Night, it will look at ways to scale back and reduce where possible due to concerns about the cost of hosting the event at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. At the May 11 SDUHSD board meeting, board member...

  • Student wellness a priority for San Dieguito district

    Student wellness a priority for San Dieguito district

    Throughout last week, a memorial grew in the parking lot in front of Torrey Pines High School, where in the early hours of Saturday, May 6, a 15-year-old Torrey Pines student was fatally shot by police officers after brandishing a BB gun. The student had a suicide note in his pocket. Coming together...

  • San Dieguito passes resolution opposing youth marijuana access

    San Dieguito passes resolution opposing youth marijuana access

    At the May 11 board meeting, the San Dieguito Union School District (SDUHSD) board approved a resolution opposing youth access to marijuana through commercial storefronts and commercial cultivation. Since the passage of Proposition 64, public agencies have been working on establishing regulations...

  • WIT showcase highlights teen entrepreneurs on May 18

    WIT showcase highlights teen entrepreneurs on May 18

    Whatever It Takes (WIT), a local nonprofit with a mission to foster social entrepreneurship and leadership in teens

  • Parent-led committee urges SDUHSD to build high school pools

    Parent-led committee urges SDUHSD to build high school pools

    The San Dieguito Union School District (SDUHSD) board has agreed to do a deeper dive into exploring the possibility of building a district pool or pools to support its high school aquatics programs. A parent-led pool steering committee provided a report to the school board on April 6 in front...

  • Rowe student a soloist in SD Gay Men’s Chorus ‘Broadway Now’

    Rowe student a soloist in SD Gay Men’s Chorus ‘Broadway Now’

    R. Roger Rowe School sixth grade singer Sofie Brown will take center stage with San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus’ “Broadway Now” on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23 at the Balboa Theatre. The show will feature the best of Broadway with music from “Hamilton,” “Wicked,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Mary...

  • Yellow Ribbon Week shines light on mental wellness

    Yellow Ribbon Week shines light on mental wellness

    Torrey Pines High School hosted another powerful Yellow Ribbon Week March 13-17, promoting mental health awareness and suicide prevention. Teacher Katie Bayliss said she is proud to work in a school that has something like Yellow Ribbon Week, as suicide affected her personally when she lost her...

  • Torrey Pines High School dance team wins national championship

    Torrey Pines High School dance team wins national championship

    The Torrey Pines High School dance team won the national championship at the West Coast Elite National Competition in Long Beach on March 18. At the grand finale gala event, two Torrey Pines dances competed for the title. The Small Hip Hop crew won first place in the gold category, earning the...

  • Author urges teen writers to heed ‘the Whispers of Story’ at CCA Writers’ Conference

    Author urges teen writers to heed ‘the Whispers of Story’ at CCA Writers’ Conference

    Reality, we know, can be a tangled, chaotic mess. Mary E. Pearson’s words carried out over the auditorium at Canyon Crest Academy on Saturday morning, March 11, an ingot of truth carefully molded for the 200 teenagers who hung on her every word. The New York Times best-selling author — by way of...

  • SDUHSD board passes resolution declaring all schools a ‘safe place’

    SDUHSD board passes resolution declaring all schools a ‘safe place’

    Speaking at the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) board meeting March 9, San Dieguito High School Academy teacher Rob Ross said that a few weeks ago he noticed that one of his students seemed stressed in class. When he asked if she was OK, she burst into tears. The student told him...

  • Parents voice concerns about SDUHSD coach selection process

    Parents voice concerns about SDUHSD coach selection process

    As the San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) board was set to approve a number of contract coaches for school athletic teams at its March 9 meeting, some parents wanted assurances that all coaches are being properly vetted. Parent Wendy Gumb said she believed that in the case of some...

  • SDUHSD looking to close $9.2 million deficit by June

    SDUHSD looking to close $9.2 million deficit by June

    The San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) board approved its second interim budget for the 2016-17 school year at its March 9 meeting, a projected income of $131,982,190 and projected expenditures at $141,226,363. Over the next few months, the board will look at ways to chip away at...

  • Rancho Santa Fe School to create strategic plan for arts program

    Rancho Santa Fe School to create strategic plan for arts program

    The Rancho Santa Fe School District will move forward on developing a strategic plan for enriching its visual and performing arts curriculum, approving a contract with independent consultant Ashley Adams at its March 2 meeting. The RSF School District board unanimously approved a $9,000 contract...

  • Rowe School’s David Warner receives award at robotics championship

    Rowe School’s David Warner receives award at robotics championship

    Saturday, Feb. 25 was an exciting day for the two R. Roger Rowe School’s FTC Robotics teams that made it to the Greater San Diego Regional Championship at Francis Parker High School. Intergalactic Dragons and Singularity competed throughout the day, which was a culmination for the two teams of...

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