Albert Einstein Academy Charter School

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For other schools named for Albert Einstein, see Albert Einstein School.

Albert Einstein Academy Charter School is an IB Primary Years Programme-certified charter school[1] within the San Diego Unified School District. Established in 2002,[2] it is the only school in the district authorized as an IB-PYP school.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] The German-English immersion program has attracted visits from members of the German Parliament.[6]

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[7] and is no longer in place.[8]

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Coordinates: 32°43′13″N 117°07′46″W / 32.720189°N 117.129337°W / 32.720189; -117.129337