The San Diego Cooperative Charter Schools was founded by a group of parents and educators from a variety of professions and backgrounds, who initially came together through a parent cooperative preschool. This community desired a higher standard and quality education that would not only prepare their students for academic success, but also mold them to be well rounded, empathetic, and passionate learners. The experience of being a significant part of our children’s education led us to feel that a school that emphasized parent involvement and respect for each child’s learning style was an ideal educational option for all children. After three years of hard work, our vision was realized and our school was opened on September 3, 2002.

SDCCS is a tuition-free charter school that accepts children from anywhere in San Diego County. We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, that works in conjunction with the Parent Staff Association to set school policy.

We are distinctive for our small class size, the growing diversity of faculty and students, the high quality of our teachers, and the strength of our curriculum. We believe that a spirited, hands-on education gives students the space to grow, challenge themselves, and become inspired. The school’ s goal for each student is always the same: to provide significant experiences that will start students on a lifelong process of curiosity and discovery leading to a richly rewarding and happy life.

Our principal heads a staff of 18 classroom teachers, five specialists and the supervisor of the Extended Day Program. To learn more about their teaching styles, visit their Classroom pages or our Curriculum web page.

The San Diego Cooperative Charter Schools (SDCCS) is a tuition-free TK-8 public school. As a charter school, we are a school of choice. SDCCS does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, gender, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, political belief or activity, or status as a veteran. We encourage a diverse student base and, since we are a charter school, can accept children from anywhere in San Diego County. However, as we are a part of San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD), students who live within SDUSD’ s boundaries receive priority.

To check the district boundaries, visit SDUSD’s School Finder.

We receive funding through the State of California based on how many children we serve (called Average Daily Attendance or ADA). We are part of the California Charter School Association and must comply with the State of California curriculum standards, but we are given leeway in how we teach those standards. We also participate in the California Standardized Testing and Common Core CAASPP testing.


The San Diego Cooperative Charter Schools support progressive, developmentally based, child-centered communities for active and collaborative student learning where shared values of family, diversity, relationship, creativity and academic excellence flourish.


We respect that which makes each child unique and promote the cognitive, imaginative, creative, social, emotional, and physical development of all students. In order to provide high quality educational services, we have built a supportive, empathetic community—a true collaboration where students, parents, and educators take the time to embrace and understand one another. We embrace diversity and honor the unique contributions of each individual. This environment is intended to enhance the joy of learning for all and to inspire discovery, creativity, and a commitment to lifelong education. At San Diego Cooperative Charter all members of the school community work together to promote the success of each student.

Our vision is to cultivate academic greatness through immersive curriculum and educational methods that meet each child’ s needs, enable the student to participate collaboratively in their own learning, and make connections between the curriculum and the outside world. We provide students with the academic, social and emotional tools to discover their own paths through today’ s challenges with compassion, collaborative, creativity, and critical thinking.

Knowledge of brain development, multiple intelligences, learning styles, and strategies for differentiation inform instruction in all classes. Service and environmental stewardship are integrated into the curriculum in order to promote a socially conscious student population. Our students are encouraged to explore the world around them with a lens of justice and equality, engaging their whole selves in the challenges and questions of today for a more compassionate and just future.

Our staff is highly skilled and supported in their endeavors to refine their craft. We continuously monitor our progress toward achieving our goals in order to ensure that we are effectively utilizing all available resources to maximize student growth and performance while exceeding district and statewide standards. We know that the best foundation for inspired learning and academic excellence is cultivating meaningful relationships and introducing alternative ways of schooling.

A Message from the Executive Director

I believe that the truest measure of a school is how often students are at the heart of every adult decision. That’ s why it is so important to us at SDCCS Linda Vista to anticipate and adjust to the individual academic, social-emotional, and physical needs of every single one of our students.

For centuries, including the days of Socrates, only the wealthy had an individualized education. Today, with the advent of charter schools that depart from the cookie-cutter approach to education,all parents have the choice for a higher quality education for their children.

The San Diego Cooperative Charter Schools represent a phenomenal choice for students and their families. Our students are honored and respected with the freedom to form their own opinions and the powerful capability to learn in their own way. They are at the heart of every decision our team of educators make.

SDCCS Linda Vista and SDCCS Mountain View both stand for learning that is student-driven, project-based and facilitated by classroom teachers who genuinely care about their education. We believe in the importance of building up the “whole-child,” providing art, music and movement (PE and dance) with instructors that specialize in these areas. We value every child for who he or she is, and meet students where they are so we can help each child uncover their gifts and passions to share with and serve the world.

SDCCS was founded with parental involvement and engagement as a central theme. Simply put, parents are essential learning partners. Personalized education cannot be done alone; teachers, students, parents, school leaders, support staff and the community all strive and serve together to create a progressive school culture where adults are committed to discovering new ways to help students grow and transform into thought-leaders and change-makers.

This is proven by our recognition as an Ashoka Changemaker School. We are part of a network that is empowering students with the skills and confidence to change the world for the good of all.We are the only elementary, middle or high school in San Diego County with that recognition!

In 2019-2020, we will continue to strive to create better opportunities for our students and community. We are working on the Growth Mindset and the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles to engage every child (high, middle and emerging)! And we are forming a learning design council that will explore how to design a high school that is in line with our school’ s kinder thru 8th grade core values. Lastly, all of our teachers are receiving extensive training by Fuel Ed to understand more about the social and emotional competencies to build quality relationships with students.

Come join us as we work to perfect what our parents and we believe to be the best educational environment available. Whether you are a current or prospective parent, I look forward to meeting you on campus to discuss how we can work together to help every child love school, learn audaciously, and change the world.


Tom Pellegrino,

Executive Director
The CoOP Schools
Tom@sdccs (.org)