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Charter Renewal Information



We recognize that this is a fast-moving and confusing time for our community. Our goal is to use this page to provide the most up-to-date information regarding Thrive’s status and planned next steps.  



Important Update - Change of Last Day of School:


Given the financial impact of certain CDE actions to significantly delay and withdraw Thrive grant funds, the needs of our staff, and the possible closure of our school, we will be changing the end of our school year to match SDUSD's. This means that the last day of school will be on Wednesday, June 12 (TK-8) and Friday, June 14 (High School)



Current Status:

  1. We have initiated legal action to attempt to keep Thrive open. Our hearing date will be on June 14. We will communicate the result to you as soon as we can after the hearing.
  2. Should Thrive not be able to continue, our Linda Vista K-8 building will be leased to The Learning Choice Academy (TLC). Please see below for more details. 
  3. We want to support Thrive families as they explore back-up plans. We know it’s always smart to have a back-up plan and want to be totally supportive of our families as they explore their options. See below for information on other school options. 

Alternative Option for the 2019-20 School Year:


Our Board has decided that should our lawsuit not allow Thrive to continue, our Linda Vista K-8 building will be leased to the The Learning Choice Academy (TLC). TLC is a trusted K-12 public charter school that offers students personalized instruction, collaborative classroom experiences, social-emotional learning, and more. You can read more about TLC by clicking on the brochure link below. 

We feel fortunate that multiple great schools were interested in leasing our Linda Vista school. Our decision to lease the school to TLC came down to a few key points: 

  • TLC has a successful history of serving K-12 students. They have been doing this work for the past 15 years and all their existing sites are WASC accredited. 
  • TLC has a recently renewed charter. They renewed their charter last April and received a full five-year term without conditions or concerns from SDUSD. They also have charters with two other districts (Chula Vista and Grossmont). 
  • TLC has an aligned model and vision. We find their vision for the community as a classroom to be inspiring, and in alignment with what we have attempted to create for children at Thrive. With TLC you will have 4-days a week of strong project-based and personalized learning, coupled with the opportunity to take learning outside the classroom walls and into the community for the fifth day of the week. 
  • Thrive families have shown a strong interest in TLC. Ultimately we listened to you, the experts, on what your children need. Based on your overwhelming interest in TLC, the choice was easy. 
For more information or questions about TLC, please contact: Malinda Sarmiento: 844-468-6852 / 
While we of course hope that Thrive will be able to serve you next year, we know that if we cannot, you will be in good hands with TLC. And should Thrive's lawsuit not be successful, we will continue to explore options to serve our Mid-City community at 54th St., either with TLC or another aligned charter school


PBL Summer Camp:

Thrive teachers will be hosting a FREE 6-week summer camp in partnership with Learn4Life. This camp will be filled with Project Based Learning and fun! 

The camp will run Monday-Thursday from July 1st through August 9th, 9am-2pm, with a possible hour of before and after care.
Space is limited to 50 current Thrive students, so please 
sign up on our google form today! (For multiple children, please sign up each child separately).
For more information and questions, please join us for one of the following informational meetings:

  • Wednesday, May 15 at 12:30pm - Linda Vista K-8 (2202 Comstock St., 92111)
  • Tuesday, May 21 at 4:00pm - Juanita St. (3251 Juanita St., 92105)

Additional Camp Options:


We want to support families in finding options for their kids earlier in the summer, during the time they would have otherwise been in school. We have compiled information on some available camp options, all of which offer scholarships. This list can be found on the pdf link below. In addition, some of our teachers may also be looking to offer classes or camps to Thrive students for the remaining week of June, for which school was initially scheduled. We will continue to update you and share this information as it becomes available. 


How We Got Here:


As a charter school, Thrive has to go through a standard process every 5 years to have our charter renewed. We first attempted to be renewed locally, through the San Diego Unified School District. We were denied through this process because the San Diego Unified Board felt they were bound to deny us based on an outdated law valuing proficiency over student’s actual growth. We appealed this decision through a series of steps that culminated before the State Board of Education on March 14, 2019 for a final vote. At this vote, the Board had only 7 voting members present. The law stipulated that regardless of how many members were present, 6 votes were needed for any motion to pass. There were not enough votes to pass any motion and therefore the State Board took “no action.” This means that for right now, the San Diego Unified School District’s decision to not renew Thrive’s charter stands.



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Other School Options:


We asked families to indicate their interest to “re-enroll” with Thrive to help us prepare for next year should we be successful with our lawsuit. We want to remind all families that even if you have “re-enrolled” with Thrive, you still need to create a back-up plan. Below is information on options for other schools that you may find helpful. This has been compiled based on information provided to Thrive from these schools. This is only meant as a guide and by no means contains information on all other schools. 


For a list of Public Charter, Private and Independent School friends of Thrive, see the links below (which will be updated regularly). You can also view this google map to see which schools are located where.


For information on San Diego Unified School District, call the hotline at 619-260-2420


How to Help: 

Thrive parents across campuses have formed a Parent Action Group. This group is entirely parent-led. 

Email Chris at to express your interest and find out more details.



Email our Director of External Relations at anytime with questions.