Area 5 Schools

High Schools

La JollaSan Diego High School of Business and Leadership
San Diego High School of International Studies  San Diego High School of Science and Technology (SciTech)

Middle Schools

Memorial PrepMuirlands

K-8 Schools
Golden HillGrant

Elementary Schools

BirneyBird Rock
La Jolla ESMcKinley
 Rodriguez Sherman 
Torrey PinesWashington

Atypical Schools

Language Academy


Area 5 Superintendent 

La Jolla and San Diego Clusters

Mitzi Merino

Mitzi Merino

Before becoming Area 5 Superintendent, Mitzi Merino was principal at Carson, Euclid and Hancock elementary schools. She also served as a School Improvement Officer, overseeing as many as to 21 elementary schools throughout the district.

She received her bachelor's degree at UCLA, teaching credential from UCSD and a master's degree in education from SDSU.

She is dedicated to making sure every student succeeds with the help of the entire school community -- families, faculty, staff and local supporters, as well as the Cluster Committees in each high school area.

She believes it is important to provide a strong educational foundation and create a love for learning. In order to support this effort, she spends as much time as possible at schools, working side-by-side with principals, teachers and students. She ensures everyone will do everything necessary to make sure that students meet and exceed academic standards. As Area Superintendent, she also helps plan and will sometimes lead professional development designed to strengthen our teaching practice.


4100 Normal St., Rm. 2018
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 725-7232
(619) 725-7236 (fax)
Mitzi Merino
Area 5 Superintendent
Reneé Spykes
Admin Asst II