Mission, Vision & Core Values
Integrity Charter School’s mission is to provide educational choice to parents of children in grades K-8 in National City, CA and the neighboring area. Integrity Charter School equips students with strong skills in State Content Standards and core curriculum, emphasizing skills in reading, writing, and mathematics as well as the skills necessary to become caring, courteous, responsible, respectful, and civic-minded adults. By providing a small school environment and through partnerships with the home and community, Integrity Charter School enables students to be successful leaders of their family, school and community.
Integrity Charter School opened on September 15, 2003, as the first charter school approved in National City, California. The purpose for opening this school was to provide an alternative educational opportunity to the community; a small school setting with an emphasis on academic excellence as well as character development and growth.
Integrity Charter School began with 85 students and 4 teachers in the basement of a church. The school now serves students in Kindergarten to eighth grade and has grown to 315 students, 18 teachers, and has a waiting list!
Character Education Focus and its Integration into the Curriculum
Our Character Education focus is integrated into the curriculum as we continue to implement Caring School Community which is a curriculum developed through Developmental Studies Center (DSC) a non-profit organization dedicated to children’s academic, ethical, and social development. We have set high expectations for all children, provide important and engaging learning opportunities and have created a caring community of learners. The learning environment at Integrity is one of physical and psychological safety.
Integrity Charter School students are exposed to a standards-based curriculum with focus on the essential skills including language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. Physical education, health and art are also offered. The school has implemented comprehensive K-8 Common Core Standards and benchmarks that define the essential knowledge and skills that students should acquire in every subject area. Through our after school program, all students have opportunities to participate in a wide range of extracurricular activities.