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Supporting San Diego's Growing Number of Homeless Students

In 2006, San Diego Unified knew of about 400 homeless students in its schools. Today, better identification and the economic downturn have brought the number of students who are doubling up with extended family, living in shelters or on the street has grown to nearly 3,500. A small team of school district staff work to make sure these students get to school and can succeed academically.

Courtney Medlin, 16, Junior Scripps High School

Courtney Medlin, 16, Junior Scripps High School

Photo by Kyla Calvert

David Rammer with San Diego Unified staff working with homeless students. Left to Right: Pamela Hosmer, Dianne Collins, Dave Rammer, Susan Kellett, Holly Doolith, Vanessa Peter and Amy Hines.

David Rammer with San Diego Unified staff working with homeless students. Left to Right: Pamela Hosmer, Dianne Collins, Dave Rammer, Susan Kellett, Holly Doolith, Vanessa Peter and Amy Hines.

David Rammer with Lavelle Johnson, 17, and counselor Elizabeth Curran. Johnson is enrolling in the Oracle program at Garfield High School.

David Rammer with Lavelle Johnson, 17, and counselor Elizabeth Curran. Johnson is enrolling in the Oracle program at Garfield High School.

Photo by Kyla Calvert

Courtney Medlin, 16, a junior at Scripps Ranch High School, is one of an unknown number of "unaccompanied minors" - children who are not living with a parent or guardian and have avoided the foster care system.

Courtney Medlin, 16, a junior at Scripps Ranch High School, is one of an unknown number of "unaccompanied minors" - children who are not living with a parent or guardian and have avoided the foster care system.

Photo by Kyla Calvert

David Rammer, a traveling teachers with San Diego Unified's Office of Children and Youth in Transition, drops off food and supplies for homeless students at Garfield High School.

David Rammer, a traveling teachers with San Diego Unified's Office of Children and Youth in Transition, drops off food and supplies for homeless students at Garfield High School.

Photo by Kyla Calvert

Tom Sides, with his first grade math and English class at Sherman Elementary. Between 40 and 50 students, or about 8 percent of Sherman students are experiencing homelessness.

Tom Sides, with his first grade math and English class at Sherman Elementary. Between 40 and 50 students, or about 8 percent of Sherman students are experiencing homelessness.

Photo by Kyla Calvert

Yolanda Riquelme with her first grade science class, giving a science lesson, in Spanish, with toothpaste on hand. About 8 percent of Sherman Elementary students are doubling up with extended family, living in shelters or on the street. Riquelme works with these students in transition and other during before-school tutoring sessions.

Yolanda Riquelme with her first grade science class, giving a science lesson, in Spanish, with toothpaste on hand. About 8 percent of Sherman Elementary students are doubling up with extended family, living in shelters or on the street. Riquelme works with these students in transition and other during before-school tutoring sessions.

Photo by Kyla Calvert