Mission and Vision, The Caver Way!


San Diego High School is one of the largest and most diverse high schools in the city. Our mission is to foster an engaging and collaborative educational community that supports and celebrates the diversity, achievements, and aspirations of all students while preparing them for college, careers, and the global community.

SDHS Unity Mural

One of many murals on our campus


We envision the students of San Diego High School becoming thriving, contributing members of their local and global communities by:

  • Developing critical thinking and communication skills for self-advocacy and leadership.
  • Advancing in 21st century skills such as collaboration, scientific and technological literacy, and problem solving.
  • Achieving educational excellence through mastery of district, state, and International Baccalaureate (IB) standards.
  • Advocating for positive and ethical change.Embodying the principles of the IB Learner Profile: The Caver Way.

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The Caver Way

At San Diego High School, we embody the characteristics of the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile: 



We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.



We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.



We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.



We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.



We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.



We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience. 



We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.



We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.



We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.



We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.



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