Kearny High School
Features at a glance
Foreign language instruction
Career technical education courses
An organic garden on campus
AVID college preparedness school
Ecology and environment learning programs
School-based sports and athletics clubs
Parent involvement programs, including a parent center
Supports for LGBTQIA students, including a GSA club
Wellness programs and onsite wellness coordinator
Safe and inclusive anti-bullying leadership programs
Community and business partnerships
Internships with local companies in STEAM fields
Dual college enrollment enabling students to earn college credits
Military JROTC school offering leadership development
Opportunities for internships and apprenticeships
Before and after school care
Additional Visual and Performing Arts clubs, partnerships, and opportunities
Gifted and Talented Education
Integrated project-based learning
The Kearny High Educational Complex is home to four small autonomous high schools: the School of Biomedical Science and Technology (BST), the School of College Connections (SCC), the School of Digital Media & Design (DMD), and the Stanley E. Foster School of Engineering, Design, and Innovation (EID).
Each small school is focused on a college and career pathway and has developed its own educational philosophy. The Kearny High Educational Complex serves the Linda Vista, Serra Mesa, and Kearny Mesa communities of San Diego and is nationally recognized as one of the most successful implementations of high school reform.
Kearny High School of Biomedical Science and Technology (BST)
At BST, all students experience hands-on science and technology through a nationally-recognized Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences and district Information Technology (IT) pathway. Students explore Principles of Biomedical Science, study Human Body Systems, Biomedical Interventions, and Biomedical Innovations alongside Foundations of Information Technology, Geographic Information Systems, & AP Computer Science Principles. Students also enjoy multiple field trips, guest speakers, and collaborative partnerships with local universities and industries through experiences such as "Doctor for a Day" at UCSD, Ted Talks with USD bioethics students, hackathons, coding events, and presenting at industry conferences. Students' culminating experience includes a medical internship at Rady's Children's Hospital, which introduces the medical field in major medical disciplines such as surgery, psychiatry, dermatology and pharmacology. At BST, students are able to enroll in Advanced Placement & Mesa Community College courses through our partnership that includes dual enrollment/dual credit for both high school and college classes.
Kearny High School of College Connections (SCC)
SCC provides students with unique access to college courses and college preparation. Our students can beginning taking Mesa College courses starting the 10th grade. Students have access to a wider curriculum than is traditionally available in high school, and they are able to earn high school and college credit simultaneously. Our students also have access to AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) courses that prepare them for the rigors of college. Many of our students graduate high school with the equivalent of one year of college credits already completed.
Partnership with Mesa Community College
- Legacy course - Beginning sophomore year, students may enroll in one or two Mesa College courses taught on the Kearny campus
- Fast Track - Beginning junior year, Fast Track students take one course a semester at Mesa College with a wide selection of choices
- Early graduation - Since most students complete high graduation requirements in fall semester of their senior year, they can elect to attend Mesa College in the spring full-time.
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Courses
These course prepare students to attend a competitive 4-year university after high school. Through the elective course, students receive:
- Guidance completing college applications, financial aid documents, and scholarship applications
- Preparation for college entrance exams - SAT, ACT, and EAP
- Academic and college planning
- Organizational and academic skills for success
Kearny High School of Digital Media & Design (DMD)
Kearny Digital Media and Design is one of four small autonomous schools in the Kearny High Educational Complex. Kearny DMD’s mission is to prepare students for college and career by developing exemplary communication skills through authentic media-based experiences in an environment of high academic and social expectations. We demonstrate a personal commitment to the academic success and general well-being of all students, and provide ongoing academic and social support for all students. DMD’s CTE Multimedia Production Pathway engages and motivates students as they are supported to master grade-level standards in the academic content areas. DMD students enter their post-secondary experience having developed proficiency in critical thinking, innovation, the production process, civic engagement, and college/career preparation.
Stanley E. Foster School of Engineering, Design, and Innovation (EID)
The Stanley E. Foster School of Engineering, Innovation, and Design (Kearny EID) is a public high school located in San Diego and within San Diego Unified School District. EID has been in operation since 2002 (formerly as Construction Tech Academy) offering students an innovative state-of-the-art high school program and is one of Southern California's last remaining high school machine shops. EID offers students a number of college credit, articulated and industry-recognized courses in the pathways of Engineering, Manufacturing, and Product Design.
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