JACKSON DRIVE – College Preparatory Middle School, the newest charter school in La Mesa, opened today with 100 students, uniforms, and teachers and, like all schools, a parking lot full of cars on the first day.
School co-director Mitchell Miller said the attendance was not as high as they had originally hoped, but the 100 sixth and seventh graders were enough to get the school off to a good start. The school plans to add an eighth grade next year. So far, the students enrolled have come from Lemon Grove, Jamul, Santee, San Diego, La Mesa and Spring Valley.
The school was founded by Miller and co-director Christina Callaway and chartered through the Mountain Empire School District in Alpine. The ultimate goal is 300 students and, for now, is being operated out of the basement classrooms of a local Church.
The school is focusing on basic skills required for college admission with a special emphasis on reading throughout the curriculum. The school’s website – http://mycpms.net
– outlines the program, including the uniform code, and introduces teachers who will teach a variety of subjects, including Mandarin.