Abraham Lincoln High School in southeastern San Diego. Photo courtesy San Diego Unified
Abraham Lincoln High School in southeastern San Diego. Photo courtesy San Diego Unified

Classes begin Tuesday for nearly 131,000 students in the San Diego Unified School District, the nation’s 20th-largest school district.

The number includes 110,000 in traditional schools and more than 20,000 in a growing number of charter schools.

Superintendent Cindy Marten, Board of Education President Kevin Beiser and Vice President Marne Foster will be greeting students  at Abraham Lincoln High School, which has been transformed into a combined high school and community college.

Lincoln students can take college-credit classes — and in some cases earn associate degrees— before graduation from high school. The San Diego Community College District is providing the college” portion of the work, and the emphasis at the campus will be the “STEAM” subjects: science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

“After months of planning, it’s exciting to see the first group of students actually start the new program,” said Principal John Ross earlier this year. “These students are the first to have the opportunity to take college credit classes right here on campus. They are getting a head-start on their future success in college and career.”

San Diego Unified reminds parents that students entering grade 7 and those new to the district in grades 8-12 must show proof of their Tdap immunization against pertussis, or whooping cough. The disease is infecting a record number of children this year.

On Friday, the district opened what it calls a one-stop shop for parents, students, staff and community members to share concerns related to the district, its policies or its schools, and receive objective, timely responses. The Quality Assurance Office is located at district headquarters in University Heights, Annex 10.

City News Service contributed to this article.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.