Prospective Students

Listed here are some aspects of life at Birney that may not stand out in the handbook but shape the routines and rhythms of the school year.

Every Friday is Birney Pride Day

Every Friday, you'll notice students and staff wearing their Birney Bee T-shirts to show their Birney pride. T-shirts are available for sale at Family Friday and other PTA events for prices ranging from $8 and up depending on style. You can also win a shirt by participating in our Jogathon in March.

Running Club

Every morning, Coach Lord offers Running Club on the Birney track from 8:45AM until the first bell rings. Students track the number of laps they run; for every five miles they run, they get a "foot" charm. Students, families, and staff are welcome to run.

On Wednesdays, Running Club offers a timed mile run. Each student's time is tracked; every student who runs the mile gets a paper "foot" in the Running Club display case on campus with their name and personal record (PR) on it. Every time the student runs another mile, a star is added to the foot in the case. The mile starts roughly at 8:50AM, so if you're interested, be at school when the gate opens at 8:45AM.

Family Friday

One Friday every month (usually the first but not always), Birney hosts families and friends for Family Friday. Gates open at 2:15. At 2:30PM, Ms. Amanda addresses the families and answers any outstanding questions. At 3PM, all classrooms open to families and the teachers and students share information about that month's activities and units of inquiry. It's a great opportunity to get to know the school, your child's teacher, and the IB program.

Birney Pencils for IB Behavior

Birney revolves around the 10 characteristics of the IB learner profile: inquiring, knowledgeable, thinking, communicating, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-taking, balanced, and reflective. Each week, students exhibiting these traits are highlighted in the weekly newsletter, the Birney Buzz, and are eligible to win a pencil, delivered to your classroom by Ms. Amanda.

Extra Recess Friday

The top five classes in the school in attendance each week are granted an extra five minutes of recess on Friday as a reward. At one time, kids were given ice pops as a treat, but when students pointed out that ice pops were not a healthy choice, extra recess time replaced sugary treats.

Mission 2 Save

Through our relationship with Mission Federal Credit Union, students may open savings accounts with as little as 25 cents. Deposits are taken at the front gate of the school every week. The interest rate for student accounts is 5% up to the first $500.

Old Trolley Barn Park

Trolley Barn Park is the unofficial park of Birney students, since it's an easy walk from campus and is located in the heart of the Birney neighborhood. If you're looking to talk to other parents who send their kids to Birney, this is a great place to start. Trolley Barn is the site of the Universtiy Heights summer concert series and you'll often see people in Birney shirts there.

Perfect Attendance Ice Cream Trip

Attendance is a key priority at Birney. Students lose out on the educational process when they're not in school; the school itself loses funding when students stay home. To combat this, every year the Student Council ASB and the PTA jointly fund a limo ride to La Mariposa Ice Cream for all the students with perfect attendance. Since illness is unavoidable, students can make up absences and tardies via Saturday School sessions throughout the year; specifics on Saturday School will be sent home with students if and when it becomes relevant. Birney's attendance is one of the top in the district.

Application/Enrollment Process

Birney is a IB Magnet school as well as a neighborhood school. See the San Diego Unified School District's pages to determine if Birney is your home school and how to apply online if it is not.

Please keep in mind that Birney does have a waiting list for admission for the 2015-2016 school year; after neighborhood school students, siblings of current students have priority.
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