Albert Einstein Academy Charter School
Albert Einstein Academy Charter School is an IB Primary Years Programme-certified charter school within the San Diego Unified School District. Established in 2002, it is the only school in the district authorized as an IB-PYP school. The school serves grades kindergarten through 8th grade. It is actually chartered as two schools: an elementary school (K-5) of about 300 students and a middle school (6-8) of about 250 students. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
The school teaches via a language immersion program in which classes are taught partly in English and partly in German. Spanish was later added to the mix. The German-English immersion program has attracted visits from members of the German Parliament.
As with all charter schools in San Diego, the school is free; admission is by application and a lottery. Originally, preference was given to students who speak German. However, that policy was challenged by the school board as possibly discriminatory and is no longer in place.
- Albert Einstein Academy Charter School, International Baccalaureate Organization, retrieved 2008-04-21
- San Diego Union Tribune, November 16, 2002
- North County Times, January 23, 2009
- School website: history
- San Diego Union Tribune, April 22, 2008
- San Diego Union Tribune, February 27, 2007
- School website: enrollment