First day of school for SDUSD students: New high school in downtown San Diego opens
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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.
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Among 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 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, where 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 can be found online at e3civichigh.com.
Once the 11th and 12th grades are added in a couple of years, enrollment at the school will be about 500 students.
The school year is the first for new Superintendent Cindy Marten, former principal at Central Elementary School, who succeeded Bill Kowba.
She told a local TV station that students and parents will need to understand California's newly adopted Common Core Standards, which focuses on critical thinking.
"It's more than just an assessment system. The focus of San Diego Unified is on our students, making sure -- not that they're ready for a test -- but making sure they're ready for the workplace and to be contributing members of society," Marten said.
The new standards support those goals, she said.
Out of around 200 schools in the district, 40 have new principals, Marten said.
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