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ABUS Spotlight – The O’Farrell Charter School

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The O’Farrell Charter School

San Diego, CA

Grades: K – 12

2015 America’s Best Urban Schools Award Winner

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The O’Farrell School Website

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Enrollment 1,782
Socioeconomically disadvantaged73%
African American17%
Hispanic 54%
English Learners22%

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In The News


US News & World Report Gives The O’Farrell High School a Silver National Award

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