When will the school open?
e³ Civic High is scheduled to open in September 2013 with a freshman and a sophomore class of approximately 125 students in each class.
How many students will attend and what is the class size?
Once fully enrolled, e³ Civic High will serve approximately 500 students in the 9th – 12th grade. The target class size ratio of students to teachers is 28:1.
Where is the school located?
e³ Civic High will be located on the sixth and seventh floors of the New San Diego Central Library in downtown San Diego at 395 11th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101.
What will the facilities be like?
e³ Civic High will have a separate entrance and elevators to the sixth and seventh floor. The facilities will include all the necessary elements for a high quality educational experience, including state-of-the art science labs and the latest computer technology.
e³ Civic High students will also be learning alongside a 21st century library. By virtue of its co-location and aligned mission with the New San Diego Central Library, e³ Civic High offers unique and progressive educational opportunities. Students and teachers will enjoy unprecedented access to the library’s technological, research and educational resources, including:
Who can attend?
Enrollment at e³ Civic High is open to all high school students in the area. If more students wish to attend the school then available spots, a lottery will be held. Part of the enrollment process will also include mandatory attendance at a parent/student enrollment orientation.
How can my student apply?
EFFECTIVE MAY 1, 2013
Enrollment applications are completed at one of the Parent-Student orientation sessions. As of May 3rd, we will conduct weekly orientation/informational sessions at the Jacobs Center.
Details for the sessions are as follows:
Jacobs Center Community Room
404 Euclid Avenue San Diego, 92114
3:00 - 4:30 pm
May 3, 10, 17, 24. 31
June 7, 14, 21, 28
Families must attend ONE session and can apply during any of the Friday sessions at the Jacobs Center. Once the both classes have been filled (9th and 10th graders), we will discontinue orientation sessions for the 2013-14 school year.
Will there be physical education and athletics?
e³ Civic High will have a group fitness room inside the facility called the "Rhythm Studio". The studio will support the California State Physical Education standards in addition to using Park on the Park at Petco and training for San Diego Fun runs. e³ will develop community partnerships for physical education opportunities in the downtown area and will pursue the possibilities for athletic team participation.
What are the internships about?
Each year, e³ students will participate in career and service learning exploration. Explorations will be intensive learning experiences that focus on specific professional, civic, and service-related fields and will be developed by the staff and students. Explorations will take place at both the school site and at related businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. Internships will be coordinated by the e³ Civic High Community Classroom Coordinator and will respond to the National Academy Foundation’s Gold Standards for high school internships.
What does “personalization” mean?
We believe that an educated person in the 21st Century is someone who can demonstrate competency in the in the following interrelated five areas: 1) Literacy and communication; 2) Creativity and innovation; 3) Career readiness; 4) Civic engagement; and 5) Global engagement. Our three core organizational principles at e³Civic High support the development of an educated person: Personalization, Authentic Curriculum, and High Standards for All.
The first principle is Personalization:
e³ Civic High will personalize education by supporting the development of meaningful, sustained relationships between faculty, students, and the students’ family. These relationships will allow the teachers and support staff at e³ Civic High to nurture students’ individual strengths and interests and encourage each student to invest in his or her education. Central to the development of meaningful and on-going relationships is the advisory groups. Advisory groups will meet once per week throughout the school year with a target advisory group size of 15. Moreover, personalization will also be supported through a target academic class size of 28:1 and will allow teachers to tailor projects and activities to respond to student interests.
Beginning with participation in the e³ Summer Bridge program, students will be assessed to determine their learning styles (dominant multiple intelligences); career interests and aptitudes; personality traits; gifts, talents and abilities. Students will use this learning experience to further develop their abilities, gifts, and talents as they explore projects, solve real-world problems, and work in their internship site. This data will also help students enhance their career investigation and guide their college exploration.
What does Authentic Curriculum mean?
The second principle is Authentic Curriculum:
e³ Civic High will engage students in intellectually challenging work that focuses on deep understanding of core concepts, active learning, and real world application. Extended class periods, interdisciplinary teaming, and connections with community resources will support project-based learning and inquiry-driven instruction in all content areas. In addition, teachers will integrate specific student interests within the curriculum facilitating a deeper level of engagement and content mastery.
What does High Standards for All mean?
The third principle is High Standards for All:
e³ Civic High will engage all students in a rigorous curriculum designed to prepare intellectually curious and engaged problem-solvers. All students will be expected to meet the University of California and the California State University's A-G requirements and learn the 21st century skills required in today’s career fields. Support will be individualized to respond to the needs of each student. However, there will not be tracking or ability grouping. Students will be allowed to self-select into advanced or AP course offerings. All upper grade students will have access to college coursework through on-line learning opportunities and concurrent enrollment through a partnership agreement with San Diego City College.
What is 21st Century literacy?
Woven across all content courses and learning experience will be significant opportunities for students to develop as critical readers, writers, thinkers, and problem solvers. To ensure that students develop the literacy skills necessary for success in college, career, and civic participation, e³ Civic High teachers will work collaboratively across grade levels and content areas to identify common literacy objectives, develop universal literacy practices, and regularly review and assess student literacy achievement. e³ Civic High views literacy in its broadest sense including traditional literacy (math, reading and writing literacy), but also digital literacy (using the internet and computer with knowledge and wisdom), social literacy (learning within the context of the community; honoring the culture of the students) and second language literacy.
Will there be world language?
e³ Civic High will have a three-year world language requirement. A Language and Literacy Lab will allow students a variety of ways in which to fulfill the requirement including traditional instruction and on-line learning.
What about Advanced Placement classes, honors classes, or college-level work?
It is the intent to offer Advanced Placement classes as part of the core curriculum. In addition, college level courses will be offered concurrently on the e³ campus and off-site at the college. A large part of the school’s educational design is creating a personalized and flexible learning experience. Accordingly, the school will allow students to pursue higher level courses of their choosing through online courses.