|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (September 2007)|
|Francis Parker School|
|San Diego, CA
|Head of school||Kevin Yaley|
|Number of students||1,237|
|Color(s)||Brown and gold|
Francis Parker School, also known simply as Parker, is an elite college preparatory independent day school in San Diego, California, serving students from junior kindergarten through twelfth grade. Parker was founded in 1912 by Clara Sturges Johnson and William Templeton Johnson, themselves recent arrivals to the West Coast. The Johnsons' nieces had attended the original Francis W. Parker School in Chicago, founded eleven years earlier, and sought to recreate the same progressive education standards at the original institution.
The original Parker campus was established in 1912 at its current location in Mission Hills ; a second campus, containing a middle and upper school, was established subsequently in Linda Vista . The upper and middle school campuses underwent a complete $45 million renovation, which was completed in 2010.
Francis Parker is a highly selective school, with admission rates for the Upper School under 25% for matriculation into the 2013-2014 school year. Parker's main academic rivals are The Bishop's School as well as La Jolla Country Day School both located in La Jolla.
In 2008, Francis Parker was recognized in the Wall Street Journal for being a top school that sends its students to prestigious colleges and in 2011, CBS Moneywatch named it one of the best Ivy League feeder schools on the West Coast.
Francis Parker student Snigdha Nandipati won the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee title with the French word guetapens.
There are over 75 clubs at Parker. Many of them, such as Robotics, Academic League, Science Olympiad, History Day, Improv, and Math Team, compete against other school across San Diego County. Both Parker's Academic League and robotics teams went to national championships in 2013, with the robotics team attending the FIRST Championship in St. Louis and the Academic League team attending the Quizbowl National Championships. Parker also boasts over 10 clubs dedicated to community service, such as the Francis Parker Interact, a division of Rotary International. The scope of clubs also extends into casual hobbies and pursuits.
The school has three official student publications: The Scribe, the student magazine, The Calvacade, the yearbook, and BEMA, a literary magazine.
- Francis Parker School History, Official Website Retrieved 24 April 2007.
- Parker Mission Statement, Official Website Retrieved 24 April 2007.
- http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/info-COLLEGE0711-sort.html Retrieve 2 July 2008
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