The History of Our Schools
Elementary SchoolIn early 2000, a small group of dedicated parents and professionals discussed the development of an independent charter school that would have a dual instructional focus of German-English immersion within the context of a rigorous academic instructional model. After more than two years of preparation and research, this group submitted a formal charter proposal to the San Diego Unified School District for approval. The charter was approved in May 2002 with a unanimous vote of 5-0.
The Albert Einstein Academy Charter School opened its doors to San Diego children in September 2002. The school opened with an enrollment of approximately 30 children in grades K-3 and was initially housed in a church near San Diego State University.
By Fall 2004, the school had over 200 students and had expanded to include grades K-5. Our Academic Performance Index (API) ranking for the 2003-2004 school year was "10" with a score of 868 which met all of our Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) goals. Given our success in recruiting families and in providing strong educational outcomes, the school community dedicated itself to working with the San Diego Unified School District to find a permanent home for the school.
On March 8, 2005, the San Diego Unified School District awarded our school our own site at an available school campus located at Ash and 30th on the edge of Balboa Park. This site is within 1 1/2 miles from the zoo, multiple museums, the symphony hall, and downtown San Diego and provides an outstanding location for the school's multi-lingual, multi-cultural focus.
Middle SchoolThe dreams and hard work of a dedicated team of AE parents and staff were finally realized in February, 2006 when the Albert Einstein Academy Charter Middle School (AEACMS) was officially approved as a charter.
Hiring of the Principal, teachers, and staff commenced immediately, as did student recruitment. When the doors officially opened in September, 2006, about 110 6th and 7th graders eagerly awaited the start of a new school experience.
In 2008, AEACMS received accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and in Spring 2010 was formally authorized as an International Baccalaureate World School.
Now in its sixth year of operation and with a newly-authorized charter, AEACMS is a California Distinguished School and the highest performing public middle school in the metro San Diego area.