San Diego Unified School District

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San Diego Unified School District
4100 Normal Street
San Diego
, California, 92103
United States
District information
GradesPreschool - 12
EstablishedJuly 1, 1854; 169 years ago (1854-07-01)
SuperintendentLamont Jackson (2022 - present)
Budget$2,309,589,000 (2019-2020)[1]
NCES District ID0634320 [1]
Students and staff
Students95,233 (2021–2022)[1]
Teachers4,289.35 (FTE) (2021-2022)[1]
Staff5783.98 (FTE) (2021-2022)[1]
Student–teacher ratio22.20:1 (2021-2022)[1]
Other information

San Diego Unified School District (formerly known as San Diego City Schools[2]) is the school district based in San Diego, California, United States. It was founded in 1854. As of 2005 it represents over 200 institutions and has over 15,800 employees. The average teacher in the district makes around $67,000 a year, with a benefit package worth around $24,000 a year.[3] The district includes 113 elementary schools, 24 middle schools, 4 atypical schools, 10 alternative schools, 27 high schools and 25 charter schools.

School board[edit]

The district is governed by a seven-member elected board of education; 5 adults and 2 preferential-voting Student Board Members.[4] Adult board members are elected by district for four-year terms. Student Board Members are elected annually by high school students.


The superintendent is appointed by the school board. From 2010 through 2013 the superintendent was Bill Kowba, a retired Navy rear admiral. On February 26, 2013, Kowba announced his retirement, effective June 30.[5] The next day, February 27, the school board unanimously appointed elementary school principal Cindy Marten as the new superintendent.[6] The quick appointment, without a search process or community input, was described as "highly unusual - virtually unheard of" by the San Diego Union Tribune.[7] On May 18, 2021, Marten left her job as superintendent to become the United States deputy secretary of education, with Lamont Jackson replacing her as the interim superintendent.


List of primary and secondary schools in San Diego organized by district

Partnership with Ocean Discovery Institute[edit]

In 2017, the district partnered with the Ocean Discovery Institute, a nonprofit that works to teach kids about science and conservation, to bring a $15 million tuition-free learning and research center to the City Heights neighborhood. The building will be a permanent campus for the nonprofit and will include two laboratories, a garden, a community kitchen and a residence for a live-in staff member. The Living Lab allows the nonprofit to reach all 10,000 students that attend and feed into Hoover High School.[8]

Farm to School Program[edit]

In 2010, the district launched a farm to school program in an effort to bring locally grown produce to schools.[9] The program seeks to provide students access to as much local, regional, and California grown produce as possible.[10] In addition to produce grown at farms, the district has a Garden to Café program which allows schools to be certified by the San Diego Department of Environmental Health allowing the school to grow and serve their own produce.[11]

See also[edit]

San Diego Unified School district is the second largest school district in California and the largest in San Diego County. The district covers most of San Diego with the exception of San Ysidro, which is served by San Ysidro Elementary School District and Sweetwater Union High School District.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for San Diego Unified". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 2022-03-05.
  2. ^ Hall, Peter M. (1 January 1997). Race, Ethnicity, and Multiculturalism: Policy and Practice. Taylor & Francis. p. 118. ISBN 978-0-8153-2442-3.
  3. ^ Will Carless (4 February 2013). "What the Average San Diego Teacher Makes: Fact Check". Voice of San Diego. Archived from the original on 16 April 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Board of Education". San Diego Unified School District. Archived from the original on 23 May 2023. Retrieved 22 May 2023.
  5. ^ "San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Bill Kowba to retire". ABC 10 News. February 27, 2013. Archived from the original on 7 April 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  6. ^ "SDUSD Names New Superintendent". 7 San Diego. February 28, 2013. Archived from the original on 3 March 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  7. ^ Magee, Maureen (February 27, 2013). "Board picks principal as Unified's new leader". San Diego Union Tribune. Archived from the original on 14 August 2021. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  8. ^ Mento, Tarryn. "Nonprofit, School Board Invest $15 Million In Scientific Future Of City Heights Students". KPBS Public Media. Archived from the original on 2017-05-07. Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  9. ^ Marshall, Courtney; Feenstra, Gail; Zajfen, Vanessa (August 2012). "Increasing Access to Fresh, Local Produce: Building Values-Based Supply Chains in San Diego Unified School District". Childhood Obesity. 8 (4): 388–391. doi:10.1089/chi.2012.0032.
  10. ^ "Farm to School". San Diego Unified School District. Archived from the original on 6 October 2017. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Garden to Café". San Diego Unified School District. Archived from the original on 5 March 2018. Retrieved 5 October 2017.

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