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Monday, July 18, 2005 | Staff and students at Keiller Leadership Academy have been busy since July 1, the day the school officially became a charter school. Formerly Keiller Middle School, KLA was granted charter status by the San Diego Unified School District’s Board of Education after a contentious board meeting on March 1.

Twenty-five KLA students are currently participating in a pilot summer program that teaches academic and leadership skills. The program is designed and taught by Keiller staff and by professors and graduate students from the University of San Diego, which is partnering with Keiller as it restructures as a new California charter school.

On July 11, Patricia Ladd, executive director of KLA, hosted the first community meeting. Another community meeting is scheduled for Aug. 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The community meetings focus on the school’s vision and culture of work and learning, academic programs, staff recruitment updates, student recruitment update and registration procedures, school calendar and hours, before- and after-school programs, the partnership with the University of San Diego, school uniforms (colors, styles and purchasing information), electives and upcoming events leading to opening day on Sept. 6.

“Staff, parents and students are working together this summer as we prepare to open our doors on Sept. 6 to an incredible group of children,” Ladd said. “The school is the result of hard work and perseverance by dedicated adults who always put children’s needs above all else. The mission of Keiller Leadership Academy is to create student leaders who value quality education and embrace their role as contributing members of our community.”

Keiller is open for student registration every weekday this summer between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Informational packets are available, and parents and their students can make an appointment with a school counselor for an individual orientation meeting.

Special events, including campus tours, are planned, by grade levels, for families and students entering Keiller Leadership Academy in the fall. The dates and times are as follows, with a light dinner provided:

– Aug. 22 – Sixth Grade – 6 – 7:30 p.m.

marsha.sutton@voiceofsandiego.org

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