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Our Charter

Darnall Charter School students will embrace learning, opportunity, and responsibility, explore their unlimited potential, and create positive change. 

Our students will learn:

  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Initiative, self-direction, and persistence
  • Social and cross-cultural skills
  • Effective communication and collaboration
  • Responsible and strategic use of technology
  • Productivity and accountability
  • Leadership and responsibility

Our Core Beliefs

Every child deserves

  • High quality instruction based on standards
  • High expectations for academic achievement
  • Personalized learning opportunities to meet his or her unique needs
  • Opportunities to think critically and creatively
  • A safe and caring learning environment
  • Decisions informed by data

Darnall is a public charter school.
A charter school is a public school, and it may provide instruction in any of grades K-12. A charter school is usually created or organized by a group of teachers, parents and community leaders or a community-based organization, and it is usually sponsored by an existing local public school board or county board of education. Specific goals and operating procedures for the charter school are detailed in an agreement (or "charter") between the sponsoring board and charter organizers.
A charter school is generally exempt from most laws governing school districts, except where specifically noted in the law. California public charter schools are required to participate in the statewide assessment test, called the STAR (Standardized Testing and Reporting) program. The law also requires that a public charter school be nonsectarian in its programs, admission policies, employment practices, and all other operations and prohibits the conversion of a private school to a charter school. Public charter schools may not charge tuition and may not discriminate against any pupil on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, gender, or disability. [source: CDE]
The School’s first charter was approved by the San Diego Unified School District on July 27, 1993 making it one of the first charter schools in the District.  With subsequent approval by the California Department of Education on September 10, 1993, Darnall Charter School became the 33rd charter school in California.
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