San Diego Unified, San Diego Foundation, Partner for Level Up SD Program

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The San Diego Unified School District and The San Diego Foundation announced Wednesday that more than 65 nonprofits will help deliver the newly created Level Up SD program to tens of thousands of San Diego Unified students who will have free access to in-person morning classroom instruction and afternoon summer activities.

Earlier this month, registration began for morning coursework. On Wednesday, registration began for opportunities beyond the classroom at

Summer school generally is offered to a select group of students who need additional academic support. Level Up SD is open to all K-12 students in San Diego Unified, meaning thousands of local students can now take advantage of summer school and free activities like learning to kayak or learning to fly a drone for the first time.

“I’ve embraced Level Up SD because of its focus on and commitment to equity,” SDUSD board Vice President Sharon Whitehurst-Payne said at a news conference at the Elementary Institute of Science — one of the participating nonprofits — in southeast San Diego.

“A broad and diverse range of nonprofits was selected to make sure all our students receive equal opportunities, and we have ensured that students who need these programs the most are at the front of the line,” she said.