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These Are San Diego County’s Largest School Districts

Some quick stats on the big three

By Jennifer McEntee

#1: San Diego Unified School District

Size it up: SDUSD is the largest school district in the county and the second largest in California behind Los Angeles Unified. It covers 354 square miles! SDUSD supports a student body of 131,000 in pre-K through high school on 226 campuses.

Standout stuff: This urban, ethnically diverse school district achieved a record 91 percent graduation rate for the class of 2016. Beyond academics, SDUSD has initiatives in anti-bullying and school safety; and in health and wellness, with an emphasis on nutrition education, physical activity, and social and emotional wellness.

#2: Sweetwater Union High School District

Size it up: Chula Vista–based SUHSD is the second largest district in San Diego County and the 17th largest in the state, with 32 campuses spanning from National City to San Ysidro, and from Imperial Beach to Eastlake. Roll call: That’s over 42,000 students in grades 7 through 12 and another 32,000 adult learners.

Standout stuff: SUHSD is one of the southernmost districts in the county, and about half of its students speak a language other than English at home. The district is acclaimed for its Compact for Success partnership with San Diego State University, which gives students who meet rigorous academic requirements guaranteed admission to SDSU. The award-winning program has reportedly increased SUHSD’s college-bound population by 120 percent.

#3: Poway Unified School District

Size it up: PUSD is third in the county by size, and 21st in California. It has 39 campuses for 35,500 students in kindergarten through adult school in the cities of San Diego and Poway.

Standout stuff: This northern district has some of the best standardized test scores in the county and state. In spring 2017, 74 percent of PUSD students met or exceeded state assessment standards in English language arts and 67 percent achieved that goal in mathematics.

These Are San Diego County’s Largest School Districts

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