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San Ysidro School District

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  • 4350 Otay Mesa Road, San Ysidro, CA 92173 • (619) 428-4476
  • With seven schools and a preschool, the San Ysidro School District serves more than 5,230 students. It offers a rigorous and engaging instructional program, with the strong belief that every child deserves a high-quality education that effectively prepares them for life beyond its classrooms.

  • Superintendent: Dr. Julio Fonseca
  • Board of Trustees: Rosaleah Pallasigue, president; Irene Lopez, vice president; Marcos A. Diaz, clerk; Rodolfo Linares, member; Antonio Martinez, member;

San Ysidro School District Celebrates Renovated Elementary Schools

Follow-up Story: The San Ysidro School District community celebrated the completion of a $27.9 million renovation project at La Mirada and Smythe elementary schools with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 31. The event, held at Smythe Elementary, was attended by students, alumni, parents, teachers, staff, administrators and community members. Visitors toured Smythe, then walked about a block to view the finished project at La Mirada. Photos are available Media Contact: Valerie Martinez, Katie Rucke 909.445.1001 (office)

San Ysidro School District to Celebrate Completion of School Renovations at Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

San Ysidro School District Superintendent Dr. Julio Fonseca and Board of Education will celebrate renovation of La Mirada and Smythe elementary schools at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 at Smythe Elementary, 1880 Smythe Ave., San Ysidro. Over summer, the two schools received $27.9 million in upgrades funded chiefly by Proposition C. Crews gutted each school and replaced drywall, air conditioning ducts, ceiling tiles, lighting, doors, carpet, furniture and more. Tours of both schools – located about a block from each other – will follow. Media Contact: Valerie Martinez, Katie Rucke 909.445.1001 (office)Read More

Luis Ramos Named Principal at La Mirada Elementary

Luis Ramos, a lifelong San Ysidro community member, was named principal of La Mirada Elementary School on Aug. 10 after serving in an interim capacity over the last year. Ramos joined the San Ysidro School District in 2005 as a sixth-grade teacher at La Mirada. He taught eighth grade and served as an assistant principal at San Ysidro Middle School before becoming assistant principal at La Mirada. Ramos was raised in the South Bay and graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in education. Media Contact: Katie Rucke, 858-371-4260(office)Read More Photos

San Ysidro School District Hosts 3rd Annual Families First Resource Fair

San Ysidro School District will host its third annual District-wide resource fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 at the District Office, 4350 Otay Mesa Road, San Ysidro. Backpacks filled with supplies will be provided for K-8 students in need. Free food and drinks will be available for all attendees. Additional resources for community members will include job assistance programs, housing and food programs and information on county benefits. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)

San Ysidro School District Welcomes Students Back on Aug. 17

The San Ysidro School District will kick off the 2017-18 school year on Thursday, Aug. 17 with newly reconfigured schools to better meet the needs of its nearly 5,000 students, families and staff. By restructuring grade-level offerings, the District will enhance teacher collaboration, expand educational opportunities and distribute enrollment equally across its schools. SYSD’s focus on a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) inspired curriculum will include coding classes for kindergarten students as well as an expansion of courses designed by Project Lead The Way. Actor Tony Plana’s musical theater program will also be offered to students District-wide. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)

San Ysidro Offers Summer Math Class to Bridge AP Gap

Nearly 90 San Ysidro School District students entering seventh grade this fall are getting a jumpstart on the academic 2017-18 school year by studying algebra and geometry during summer break. The goal of SYSD’s inaugural Summer Bridge Program – inspired by the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) college-readiness program – is to provide students with an opportunity to accelerate their math skills so they can later take Advanced Placement math courses in high school. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More

Free Adult ESL Classes Now Offered at San Ysidro Schools

Follow-up Story: Spanish-speaking parents in the San Ysidro School District learned fundamental English skills – alphabet, numbers, how to tell time, days of the week, colors and more – through a free class offered this spring by the District. Now, following the success of the inaugural English as a Second Language (ESL) class, SYSD will work with partner Southwestern College to offer two introductory English classes this fall at La Mirada and Willow elementary school parent centers, and a second-level ESL class at the District parent center. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More Photos

San Ysidro Schools’ Local Control Plan Highlights Gains in ELA and Math

San Ysidro School District’s Board of Education has approved a 2017-20 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) that establishes a District coordinator of English language services for the 2017-18 school year and continues programs that have led to gains in English language arts and math state tests. The LCAP describes how San Ysidro will spend $56 million to promote achievement, school climate and parent engagement, with an emphasis on professional development and student/family well-being. The District will also update its technology plan, adopt new math textbooks and review new English language arts textbooks. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)

State Superintendent Tours San Ysidro School, Hails District as Model for Management of Water Quality Issue

Follow-up Story: State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson visited the San Ysidro School District to discuss water quality issues facing California school districts and how the District successfully addressed the problem locally on June 1. Torlakson, who was joined by a representative of Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher’s office, toured La Mirada Elementary, where the District has replaced aging water fixtures to ensure high-quality, safe drinking water for students. Board members and administrators shared information about initiatives and programs that are improving student achievement at San Ysidro schools. Media Contact: Maritza Fairfield, 909-445-1001 (office) or 909-816-7722 (cell)Read More Photos

Parents Graduate from PIQE Program at San Ysidro Schools

Parents are graduating this week from a nine-week workshop that seeks to educate, empower and inspire parents of K–12 students to take an active role in encouraging and enabling their children to: stay in school; improve their academic performance; develop healthy and constructive relationships with their parents, teachers and counselors; and prepare themselves for a post-secondary education. Media Contact: Leslie Reilly, 858-371-3738 (office) or 619-818-4922 (cell)Read More