At San Diego Cooperative Charter School (SDCCS) there are so many reasons why our TK-8 students are thriving at our tuition-free charter school. Here are our top 10!
1. Knowledge Starts Here
We inspire all TK-8 learners through a foundational constructivist learning model that develops knowledge through cross-curriculum connections. Younger grades utilize our Writers Workshop curriculum – an innovative program that inspires students to love writing by writing in class every day. Unique cross-age middle school classrooms bring students from different grades together to work on projects. And hands-on learning through on-site gardens and campus animals teach students about biology and ecology in a real-world setting.
2. We’re a Co-op!
SDCCS is one of only two TK-8 cooperative schools in the state of California. We were founded with the vision to be a hands-on partner with families in their children’s education. Our unique and effective “co-op” model relies on the involvement of parents – both inside and outside the classroom. From helping with in-class teacher support and field trip chaperones; attending teacher conferences or book fairs; or coordinating off-campus clothing drives and trash pick up, there are lots of ways to be involved at SDCCS.
3. We Raise World Citizens
At SDCCS, students learn about the challenges facing our world – from global warming in the Arctic to food scarcity in San Diego – and are encouraged to get involved. We take learning outside of our classrooms and volunteer in neighborhood cleanup efforts, food drives, and more. Our students reach out to our sister schools in Mexico to arrange donations of supplies and materials. And each year our entire school community celebrates the International Day of Peace with a family-friendly march through neighboring Linda Vista.
4. Parents are Partners
At San Diego Coop, we understand that parent involvement is key to student success. When parents visit our school, they are welcomed on a first name basis and encouraged to get involved in the life of our campus. San Diego Coop teachers partner with all caregivers through honest and frequent communication about their child’s school experience, and we offer positive and creative solutions for any challenging issues.
5. Encouraging Empathy
SDCCS nurtures our students to be well rounded, empathetic, and passionate learners.
Our community of students, parents, and educators take the time to understand one another with empathy and respect. When they leave SDCCS, our graduates have the tools to navigate their own paths with compassion, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. By cultivating empathy, we are truly nurturing tomorrow’s leaders today!
6. A Thriving Arts Program
In a time when many public school art programs have been cut or eliminated, SDCCS is known for our robust art and enrichment programs. From in-school elective dance and art classes to winter break and spring break camps, opportunities for creative expression are available to all students. We support designated art, dance and music teachers that work with all grades. And throughout the year, we invite families on campus to enjoy exhibits of student work and performances, and take field trips to area museums and theaters.
7. A Commitment to Social Justice
Our progressive school is the only school in our area that challenges students to dream their futures through a lens of social justice. Age-appropriate social justice curriculum engages every grade in understanding the roles that empathy, responsibility and courage can take in standing up for moral beliefs. Our younger students practice intentional kindness and gratitude. SDCCS older grades study the impact of bias and injustice on the world, and our middle schoolers can choose a year-long elective that partners with local businesses and nonprofits on school-day volunteer opportunities.
8. We Know Our Students
Our small-school setting is a tight knit community! We prioritize close connections between staff and students and maintain a warm and supportive school culture. SDCCS uses an innovative “looping” teaching model that helps us better understand and support each students’ academic strengths and challenges by enabling our teachers to stay with each classroom of students in grades 1-2 and 3-4 for two years, and grades 6-8 humanities students stay together for three years.
9. Earth First
We care about our planet and incorporate environmental education into every grade. From campus gardens to recycling and energy conservation, our students are hands-on caring for our world. Every year our community comes together to celebrate Arbor Day with tree planting and beautification activities on our campus.
10. Support for All Learners
All learners are welcome at SDCCS. Our teachers’ skilled knowledge of brain development, multiple intelligences, and learning styles help them develop strategies for instruction that can reach every student. For learners who need extra support, we offer free in-class and after-school tutoring as well as full-time counselors and a designated SEL specialist. Our blended project-based learning curriculum encourages academically motivated students to explore topics at a pace and depth that they determine.
These are just some of the ways that San Diego Cooperative Charter School serves our students with top-notch whole child education in a tuition-free charter school environment. Is your child ready to thrive? Contact us and learn more today!
About San Diego Cooperative Charter School
San Diego Cooperative Charter School is a tuition-free charter school serving TK-8 grade students in the San Diego, CA area. Our warm learning atmosphere and excellent academics inspire empathetic, engaged lifelong learners. Students are supported by a unique co-op model of family engagement. Join our public charter school today! Enrolling now.