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About our Schools

After School Programs (AS)

District middle schools receive local, state and federal funding for before- and after-school activities. Instruction beyond the school day is key to pulling students up to grade level and helping them meet academic standards. In addition, community-based organizations such as the YMCA provide enrichment/recreational activities that range from weight training and dance to leadership development and computer skill-building.

Block schedule (BL)

Extended class periods on alternate days, i.e. periods 1,3,5 one day, 2,4,6 the next.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

IB course curriculum covers subjects traditionally taught at universities. IB students take extended essay, theory of knowledge and creativity, action and service courses. IB courses are offered at Bonita Vista High and Castle Park High.

Twenty-First Century High Schools (21)

Before and after school programs are funded by the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant. The seven Sweetwater District high school sites include: Castle Park High, Chula Vista High, Mar Vista High, Montgomery High, San Ysidro High, Southwest High and Sweetwater High.

  • High Schools
  • Middle Schools
  • Adult Schools
  • Atypical Schools

Alternative Learning

MAAC Community Charter School

MAAC serves students from grade 9 through age 24. Each of its vocational pathways—Multi-Media Technology and Early Childhood Education—give students the opportunity to explore career paths while they are still in high school. The Stone Worx program was developed in collaboration with YouthBuild and a local company, Custom Cast Stone.

A factory/workshop provides students a professional setting to learn the skill of mold making, casting and staining cast stone to create outstanding quality products. Stone Worx also allows students to earn an hourly wage through the program, which gives them the security of a steady paying job.

Options Secondary School (OSS)

Options Secondary School is a warm and inviting school that offers students and families looking for a personal approach to education, one that could only be found in a smaller school setting.  Options is small, yet provides many of the opportunities students normally experience at a traditional school setting.  Most traditional schools are so large students can get lost.

Options students excel in and out of the classroom.  The school provides academic rigor with A-G curriculum for students grades 7-12.  Students are provided iPads to incorporate technology into student learning as required with Common Core.  7th grader students participate in the annual Compact For Success college visit at San Diego State University. Students are eligible for admission to SDSU via the COMPACT agreement.

Options provides a wide variety of club and school activities such as: ASB (Associated Student Body), fundraising, social clubs, dances, Senior Prom, Senior Disneyland Grad Night, Yearbook Club, Baile Folklorico Dance and Guitar classes, as well as ROP Engineering and Retail Sales courses.

Learning Center

The Sweetwater District offers the opportunity to fulfill high school graduation requirements at Learning Centers located on campuses across the district.  Offering traditional classroom settings, independent study or accelerated instruction helps the Sweetwater District meet the diverse educational needs of its students.

Learning Center students work independently on course packets, than meet with instructors once or twice  weekly to review progress and course work.  Learning Center education can help students who have failed to meet course requirements get back on track to join traditional school environments or meet graduation requirements early.

Learning Center instruction is available at:

  • Bonita Vista High Learning Center
  • Castle Park High Learning Center
  • Chula Vista High Learning Center
  • Eastlake High Learning Center
  • Hilltop High Learning Center
  • Mar Vista High Learning Center
  • Montgomery High Learning Center
  • Otay Ranch High Learning Center
  • San Ysidro High Learning Center
  • Southwest High Learning Center
  • Sweetwater High Learning Center

For more information on alternative education programs, call 619-585-7800.

Nutrition Services

The Nutrition Services Department strives to provide nutritious, appealing food and quality service to each school site. Lunch service is provided to all district schools. Breakfast and after-school supper service are available at most sites.

Meals are available at a reduced or no cost to students who qualify. Applications for free or reduced-price meals are available online and at the school cafeteria or by contacting Nutrition Services at 619-691-5510.

School to Career

The Sweetwater District is a leader in developing innovative programs that keep youth interested and connected to school. Its School-to-Career educational pathways offer academic rigor and real-world experiences that prepare district students for success in post secondary education and industry.

The district offers pathways in the following Industry Sectors – Arts, Media, and Entertainment, Building and Construction Trades, Business and Finance, Engineering and Architecture, Health Science and Medical Technology, Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation, Manufacturing and Product Development, Marketing Sales and Service, Public Services and Transportation.

We plan to expand and build programs in Energy, Environment and Utilities, Information and Communication Technology and Advanced Manufacturing.  In total, 17 career technical education programs are available to meet student needs and interests.

Students in specialized curriculum programs benefit from a host of community collaborations. Internships, externships, mentorships and professionally guided site visits highlight the opportunities district students enjoy through the various career pathways.

Hands-on experience and challenging academic requirements motivate students to fulfill their full potential.

For information on School-to-Career curriculum, call 619-796-7225.

Student Services

The Department of Student Support Services is available to assist parents/guardians with intra-district and inter-district transfers.  In addition, the department processes joint resident, caregiver, and other residency documents.

Other areas of responsibilities include student welfare and attendance, truancy intervention, student health services, and community resource centers.

Student Support Services offers a range of services to ensure students reach their fullest potential. For additional information, call 619-691-5564.

Transportation Services

The Transportation Services Department provides more than 7,751 daily rides for students across South San Diego County. Only students with district-approved passes or tickets may ride buses in the Sweetwater District.  

For one student, a two-way pass is $300 .00 per year. Single ride tickets may also be purchased through your child’s school Web site or the Transportation Department when accompanied with a permit.