La Jolla Cluster

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2010 October Cluster Update - by Lisa Bonebrake


LJCA Mission Statement

The La Jolla Cluster Association is to promote and support excellence in education in all La Jolla public schools by:

  • Working collaboratively to meet the needs of our diverse student population through the K-12 school experience.
  • Preparing our students for college, careers and life by providing a rigorous, comprehensive, standards-based curriculum that includes technology, the visual and performing arts, physical education, and character education.

LJCA is an organization that serves the five La Jolla public schools: La Jolla High, Muirlands Middle, and Birdrock, La Jolla and Torrey Pines elementaries. The executive board consists of 10 parents (2 from each school), 10 teachers (2 from each school), and five principals. There are three non-voting members at large. The board held its first meeting on April 6, 2010.

In creating the cluster association, the parent founders cited the following goals:

  • to share ideas and resources.
  • to identify common goals for K through 12.
  • to build bridges between schools to ease transitions.
  • to determine spending priorities.
  • to have a unified voice when working with the district.
  • to create an environment of unity instead of competition in our community.
  • to help shape how clusters are formed and utilized throughout the district.

Committee structure The cluster association has six committees: Curriculum, Finance, Safety, Technology, PR/Communications, and Legal.

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