Education

  • RSF School considers 2018 bond effort, facilities plan update

    RSF School considers 2018 bond effort, facilities plan update

    The Rancho Santa Fe School board has given direction for the district to explore the feasibility of pursuing a potential general obligation bond in 2018. Additionally, the board approved issuing a request for qualifications and proposals for an architectural firm to review and update the district’s...

  • RSF School District 'committed to reaching agreement' with teachers

    RSF School District 'committed to reaching agreement' with teachers

    R. Roger Rowe teachers again spoke out about their continuing contract negotiations at the Rancho Santa Fe School board meeting on Oct. 12. Many teachers in attendance wore black buttons that read “Respect.” Teachers spoke about the importance of feeling valued, respected and competitively compensated...

  • SDUHSD to split into trustee areas for elections

    SDUHSD to split into trustee areas for elections

    The San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) has begun the process of changing the method in which its trustees are elected. At a Sept. 27 special meeting, the board passed a resolution to transition from an “at large” election system to a “by-trustee area” election system — meaning the...

  • Rancho Santa Fe teachers march to shed light on contract talks

    Rancho Santa Fe teachers march to shed light on contract talks

    Rancho Santa Fe School District teachers wore red and marched into school together in solidarity on Wednesday, Sept. 20 as contract negotiations continue between the Rancho Santa Fe Faculty Association and the district. A negotiating session was held later in the day. The meeting marked the fourth...

  • Torrey Pines batting cages donations receive delayed approval

    Torrey Pines batting cages donations receive delayed approval

    On Sept. 14, the San Dieguito Union High School District board approved a donation for the Torrey Pines High School batting cages, correcting an error brought to light by a parent complaint. The cages have been in use since they were installed back in 2013, thanks to a $400,000 donation by an anonymous...

  • High school foundation members defend themselves against accusations

    High school foundation members defend themselves against accusations

    San Dieguito Union High School District foundations united against recent accusations The San Dieguito Union High School District board heard from a room full of passionate boosters of its four high school foundations at its Sept. 14 meeting, speaking out after months filled with accusations about...

  • RSF School to appoint new board member Oct. 23

    RSF School to appoint new board member Oct. 23

    At a special meeting on Sept. 15, the Rancho Santa Fe School District board agreed to a five-week process to appoint a new member to fill a board vacancy. After Marti Ritto resigned, the board had the option to appoint a new member or call for a special election, estimated to cost $50,000 to $100,000....

  • RSF School survey results point to potential areas of improvement

    RSF School survey results point to potential areas of improvement

    At the Sept. 7 Rancho Santa Fe School District board meeting, Superintendent David Jaffe shared the results of a parent survey given at the end of the school year. Of the 259 respondents, Jaffe said the results showed “people are pretty darn happy” but there are areas they can look to improve. ...

  • Contract negotiations continue in RSF School District

    Contract negotiations continue in RSF School District

    Contract negotiations continue between the Rancho Santa Fe Faculty Association and the Rancho Santa Fe School District, with another negotiating session set for Sept. 20. “I am, as always, hopeful that the faculty association and the district can come to a compromise,” said Mandy Valentine, fourth...

  • Marti Ritto resigns from RSF School board

    Marti Ritto resigns from RSF School board

    There is a vacancy on the Rancho Santa Fe School District Board of Trustees as Marti Ritto has resigned, effective Sept. 13. At the Sept. 7 meeting, RSF School Board President Todd Frank read Ritto’s letter of resignation to the board. “It has been my honor and privilege to serve the community...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 is hoping to hammer that fact home, holding...

  • 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...

  • New Earl Warren Middle School ready for students

    New Earl Warren Middle School ready for students

    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 parents, district ready to tackle special education

    San Dieguito parents, district ready to tackle special education

    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...

  • 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...

  • Rancho Santa Fe School District crafting an action plan for continuous growth

    Rancho Santa Fe School District crafting an action plan for continuous growth

    The Rancho Santa Fe School District is embarking on a “self-study” process as Superintendent David Jaffe looks to develop an accountability and action plan for the district. An initial parent meeting was held on May 25 to discuss the steps necessary in “developing an organization that embraces...

  • 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...

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