Kate Sessions is a small neighborhood school serving northern Pacific Beach. Our learning community is a blend of local students, students who live in military housing, those who attend through enrollment options and Special Education students who choose our school because of its programs.
Our vision is to become a world-class school where we create learning experiences that foster student inquiry by promoting critical thinking, problem-solving and developing moral integrity to support decision making and actions based upon honesty, fairness, justice and respect.
We are an authorized International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. Our instructional program is an inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. The state standards are the foundation of our curriculum. Teachers incorporate a global perspective, along with a real world application of concepts and skills.
Our Parent-Teacher Organization supports our academic program by funding a vocal music teacher, art teacher and a librarian. We offer Spanish language instruction for all grades kidnergarten through 5th grade and computer literacy classes for grades 3-5. Our GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) programs are infused with International Baccalaureate elements that bring the real world into the classroom.
What is particularly encouraging about these improvements is that our teachers are not following a model that “teaches to the test.” Instead, our teachers focus on mastering IB teaching methodologies, which allows students to learn through a model of inquiry. In this paradigm, information is not merely memorized and quizzed for short-term knowledge, but rather it is absorbed into long-term understanding through exploration, hands-on experimentation, group discussions, and classroom projects.