Dehesa School District joined Live Well San Diego as a recognized partner on June 25, 2015. Dehesa School District became a Live Well San Diego partner by promoting the link between student well-being, leadership and learning.
Dehesa School District has established a wellness policy, which includes guidelines for health education, nutrition services, physical education and health promotion for staff and students. Their primary grade students participate in The Green Machine - A day where students rotate to various stations to learn about seed-to-table agricultural programs. This day teaches students where food comes from, helps them make healthier food choices and gives them a greater understanding of natural systems.
The Dehesa School District promotes leadership and learning through their philosophy of college readiness for every student. They became a “No Excuses University” School in 2013 and formalized their commitment to the Six Exceptional Systems. Each classroom has adopted a university and inspirational murals are exhibited all over the campus. Students learn grade level appropriate college vocabulary, ensuring familiarity and fluency with the path to a university. Teachers and staff work collaboratively to also offer parent universities several times a year in which teachers present to parents on a variety of helpful topics.
To further promote leadership development, Dehesa School District uses the Character Counts character education program and teaches students The 7 Habits of Happy Kids as a guide for lifelong good habits. Each year the school district does a Kindness Challenge for one week where they encourage students to do a variety of kind acts at school, home, and in their communities. Fourth and Fifth grade students get the opportunity to participate in the Peace Patrol program that patrols primary recess helping students to resolve conflicts peacefully by talking out their problems and helping them come to a mutual solution. In addition, they partner with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in Alpine by performing plays and sending cards and letters to Veterans. The Alpine VFW has reciprocated by giving donations to the school.
Dehesa School District is committed to continuing its health and leadership development programs that support students, staff and families to create a healthy, safe and thriving community.