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Trace High School

Preschool | Grades 9-12 | San Diego Unified
9230 Gold Coast Dr B25
San Diego, CA 92126
(858) 693-5500

About This School

Trace High School is located in San Diego, CA and is one of 58 high schools in San Diego Unified School District. It is a sp-ed school that serves 662 students in grades 9-12.

Special Education schools are public schools that provide special services for children with disabilities (special physical, mental, or learning needs). Many special education schools also provide vocational training, adapted physical education, and assistive technology for their students. See Trace High School's test results to learn more about school performance.

In 2010, Trace High School had 18 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The California average is 24 students per full-time equivalent teacher.

Student Ethnicity (2011)

Students (2011)


Students Per Teacher (2010)

Female/Male (2011)

32% 68%

Subsidized Lunch (2011)


District Spending (2010)

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Trace High School Reviews

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and helps students learn the appropriate skills to hold down a job if they choose to take that path in the future.  The Reading and Math is still practiced just not in your typical teacher in the front of the room lecturing to their students.  The program is student centered they read at their job sites and they use basic math and money skills on a daily basis.  Sitting in a classroom talking about how to go to the store and make a purchase is far less meaningful for a student with a disability then actually going to the store making the purchase, waiting for change and making sure they have received the correct change.  TRACE also helps students have a seamless transition into their adult agencies which does not happen if they stay and their high schools.  The opportunities provided by TRACE are ones that cannot be met on a high school campus.  Students who participate in TRACE are more likely to get a job and become functional adults within their communities.  TRACE is college for students with disabilities its time to stop babying them! Lets give them the opportunity to show us what they are capable of!  I will guarantee you will be surprised at what they can do if we continue to give them the opportunities that are provided by TRACE.  

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The typical TRACE student has an identified special need and spends 4 years participating in project based work skill assignments at designated work sites. I was a Job Developer for TRACE in the 2005/06 SY. My job was to assist the teachers in developing direct hire opportunities and visiting businesses with the goal of developing future work sites. I found the teachers in TRACE dedicated and hardworking. When I visited a work site I interacted with the students and talked to the teacher about each student's job ready status.
Without the TRACE Program special needs students would have no targeted support program beyond the secondary school level. Students participating in TRACE do not have a high school diploma but are given an opportunity to work at designated work sites where they learn job ready skills. The goal is to place them in a direct hire scenario. I had the pleasure of seeing many success stories as students worked hard learning skills that led to a direct hire placement.  

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Trace program san diego dont even think about it if you care for your love one with special needs dont accept trace as an educational step for your child i dont see how they can take away academics from the program and just try to replace it with worksites!!!!

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