Mountain View School is a learner-centered community of changemakers where children are empowered to develop the skills to become lifelong engaged learners, contributing community members, and empathic human beings with connection to purpose. Mountain View places large emphasis on family and community engagement, meaningful relationships, and social-emotional literacy as a basis for long-term, deep learning and academic growth.


Mountain View was founded in 2013 as a progressive, family cooperative charter school option for elementary students founded on the principles of whole-child, constructivist education. Co-located on the Emerson-Bandini campus, the school served students from the Mountain View, Southcrest, and Logan Heights neighborhoods as well as all over San Diego county. The school slowly grew, adding grade levels each year, until becoming a full TK-8th grade school in 2017-2018. In the summer of 2019, a group of parents and community members began working with San Diego Unified School District to become a Pilot School- a district school with additional freedom to innovate. Staff, families, and students agreed that becoming a district pilot school would best allow our school to continue to grow, innovate, and best serve our students and families. On May 12th 2020, our school was officially approved by the Board of Education to become SDUSD's first Pilot School. We are proud to provide a high-quality schooling option for the families of San Diego.

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Changemaking and Social Justice

Mountain View is a leader in innovative and transformative urban public education that supports children as changemakers - individuals with the skill set and connection to purpose that enables them to generate ideas and take initiative to effectively solve problems and drive social change.

Students develop a nuanced understanding of the complexity of social issues and learn to see themselves as agents of change who develop creative solutions to the problems they see in their communities.

Mountain View School by the Numbers
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