Category: academics


A Garden of Their Own

When Parker closed earlier this month in response to the escalating COVID-19 global pandemic, Upper School students Zach Dean and Tess Karras found themselves missing their time working in the Social Justice Garden on the Linda Vista Campus. So they set about creating their own garden in Zach’s backyard. 

“We decided to start this garden as a way to give us something to do during this time at home,” says Tess, Class of 2021. “We’d seen what took place in the Social Justice Garden at School and figured we’d give it a try, especially since we figured there wasn’t much that could go wrong.”

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Parker Celebrates Third Annual Poetry Week

The Middle School students gathered in Lawrence Commons rise to their feet in unison and begin to follow the instructions of their guest teacher, Elizabeth Acevedo, the New York Times bestselling author of “The Poet X” and “With the Fire on High.” 

“Plant your feet proudly,” she directs them. 

“Pull your shoulders back–that lets the audience know you are confident. 

“You make sure you are heard.” 

And with that, Elizabeth calls up the first volunteer poet. 

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Parker Football named CIF ‘All-Academic Team’

They’ve got talent–both on the field and in the classroom.

For the third consecutive season, Parker Football has been named a CIF San Diego Section All-Academic Team, CIF announced Monday afternoon. The team earned the honor with a combined 3.32 GPA, the highest among football programs in the Center City Region and only second to Santa Fe Christian (3.38) in San Diego.

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Parker lands spot on Newsweek’s ‘Top STEM High Schools 2020’ List

Parker has been ranked among the top STEM schools in the country, according to Newsweek’s “Top STEM High Schools 2020” report released earlier this month.

The School landed at No. 195 out of 500 schools ranked and grabbed the highest spot among independent schools in San Diego. The State of California had 82 schools ranked on the list, including top-ranked Stanford Online High School.

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Windows and Mirrors: Reflecting the Student Experience at Parker

On the first day of Black History Month, Upper Schoolers participated in Parker’s fourth annual Diversity Day, focusing on the intersection of race, class, and gender. The very next day, Parker hosted its first Pollyanna, a day-long diversity conference that invites local private and independent schools into one room to work towards a common goal. This year’s goal: building and sustaining a diverse community that reflects the student experience.

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