The Poway Unified School District, which serves most of the Diamond Gateway communities, is known for its excellent programs and teachers. More than half its teachers have advanced degrees, and five have been named San Diego County Teacher of the Year in the past five years. The district has a very low dropout rate (less than one percent in 2002).
More than 90 percent of Poway graduates go on to college, and many take advanced courses to earn college credit while still in high school. In 2002, Poway graduates were awarded more than $5 million in academic scholarships, and 14 seniors were semi-finalists for National Merit Scholar awards. For more information on Poway schools, log on to powayusd.sdcoe.k12.ca.us.
Diamond Gateway communities are also served by the San Diego Unified School District, the state’s second largest. The district’s focus on improved student achievement through a renewed focus on basic skills has resulted in steady improvement in test scores.
The district is committed to supporting schools and enhancing learning by providing modernized facilities and resources. In 1998, voters approved Proposition MM — a $1.5 billion bond issue that is being used to build 13 new schools and upgrade existing facilities.
San Diego schools encourage and support community and parental involvement on many levels. One element of this effort, the Superintendent’s Parent Congress, gives parents an opportunity to work with district employees to advance reforms and improvements. To learn more about San Diego schools, log on to www.sdcs.k12.ca.us.
The I-15 Diamond Gateway Chamber of Commerce contributes to educational excellence through the “Making a Difference” Education Project. This program supports educational needs from preschool through college, provides scholarships and school supplies, and encourages partnerships between schools and business.
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