Chapter VI: Students
Criteria: The school has admissions policies and procedures consistent with its philosophy.
The school provides a nurturing environment that reflects the school’s purpose and is characterized by trust, caring, and support, a respect for differences, and high expectations for each student.
The school provides activities, opportunities, and support services which reflect the philosophy and which meet the academic and personal needs of the students.
Francis Parker School serves a wide variety of families in the San Diego area, both geographically and demographically. The School is divided into two campuses. The Mission Hills campus houses 432 students in Junior Kindergarten through fifth grade. The Linda Vista campus serves 783 students in the Middle School, grades six through eight, and Upper School, grades nine through twelve. With the completion of current major construction, the enrollment could increase to 800 students at the Linda Vista campus.
Bus service is available to both campuses in order to ease access to a greater population of families. Lunch is provided in order to insure good nutrition and is included in the tuition. Students participate, enjoy and find meaningful a wide range of co-curricular offerings.
Students are chosen to attend Francis Parker based on several articulated factors including their potential to succeed in the School’s academic program. Parents and students are interviewed as a part of the admissions process. The enrolled students form a family-oriented community that balances social, creative, emotional, and physical needs.
A carefully thought out and sequential curriculum is implemented to promote positive and meaningful relationships among peers and adults. Character education, a fundamental principle that underlies the fabric of the School, follows the tradition and philosophy of the founder, Colonel Francis Parker, and is integrated into all facets of the School. At Francis Parker, the students are taught to “do the right thing.” Each of the three divisions encourages this principle with age appropriate systems and appropriate modeling.
The Committee commends:
1. the student body for their heartfelt loyalty to the School, dedication to learning, strong ability, willingness to participate, and ease at representing their School and the Parker family.
2. the administration, faculty, and staff for their well thought out and articulated character development program for students that encompasses all levels of the School.
3. the student body for taking advantage of the Parker Learning Centers on both the Linda Vista and Mission Hills campuses.
The Committee recommends that:
1. the Head of School and the senior administration review and update strategies to increase representation of communities in San Diego County that are under-represented at Parker.
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