A Message from the Executive Director

It has been said that the true measure of a society is how it treats its weakest members. I believe that the true measure of a school is how often students are at the heart of every adult decision… or said in another way…

To what degree does the school adjust to the individual needs of every student (academic, social-emotional, and physical)?

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

The San Diego Cooperative Charter Schools represent a phenomenal choice for children.  Students are at that heart of every decision we make.

SDCCS – Linda Vista and SDCCS – Mountain View both stand for learning that is student-driven, project-based with great structure and facilitated lessons.  SDCCS was founded with parental involvement/ engagement as a central theme. Simply put, parents are learning partners. We believe in the importance of the “whole-child” providing art, music and movement (PE and dance) with teachers 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 his/ her gifts to share with and serve the world.  Did you know we are Ashoka Changemaker school?

We are the only elementary, middle or high school in San Diego County! Learn more here.

In 2019-2020, we are working on the systems to support children.  This includes enhanced systems for English learners and any child that needs an extra boost.  Equally important is our preparation to align and expand our opportunities for all students to learn math with new tools and techniques.  Our math focus includes a math leadership team that will work across our three campuses and technology to help students see math in the world around us toggling back and forth between real-world math understanding (conceptual skills) and operational skills that will allow our students to translate mathematical understanding to high performance on high school and college entrance exams (8th grade math placement assessments, ACT and SAT).  Lastly, many of our teachers are receiving extensive training in a research-based methodology to teach reading that will help students pick up this complex skill more easily.

At the executive director level, I am looking for ways to enhance total compensation for our teachers and staff, leading our WASC visit and re-accreditation process, continuously upping communication from school to home and back, coordinating with our PSA, SDCCS Foundation and Gala teams to enhance our parent and community partnerships.    

Personalized education cannot be done alone.  At SDCCS, teachers, students, parents, school leaders, support staff and the community all strive together and serve together to create a progressive school culture where adults are committed to learning new ways to help students learn deeply.

Come join us as we work to perfect what we and many parents believe is the best educational environment available.

Whether you are a current parent or a prospect, 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
San Diego Cooperative Charter School