Our Principal

Welcome to McGill School of Success!

It is with great honor and enthusiasm that I serve and lead the charter begun by the late and honorable Reverend George Walker Smith, the first Black board member elected to San Diego Unified School District. Led by his desire to improve the education of low-income children (particularly Black and Latino), he inspired the creation of a public school where children would SUCCEED regardless of their ethnic or economic background.   

As a 23 year veteran critical educator and community activist I feel very blessed to be granted the opportunity to be part of Rev. Smith's vision.  Similar to Rev. Smith, I understand that children are impacted by the community that surrounds it. Hence, I am an active participant of civic engagement in San Diego, and currently serve as chair to the Citizen's Advisory Board.  McGill is by far the best match to my personal philosophy of the purpose of education.

Established in 1996 as the 95th charter in California, McGill has overcome various challenges; including the latest, COVID19.  This is particularly notable considering we are a small school.  Our small, family-friendly setting has been what sets us apart. Here, we know each student by name. Another McGill quality is our Annual Men's Reading.  On this day, our community leaders visit our classrooms to do a read-aloud and share their wisdom with a group of students.  We are thankful to the men who donate their time year after year.  

As a 94% Title I school, McGill is dedicated to providing a quality education.  Aside from our rigorous, Common Core curriculum that includes Integrated and Designated English Language Development, we enrich children with a multicultural perspective enriched with music (violin, keyboard, drums, guitar), art, Dance PE, and Spanish Enrichment. Our Extended 6-6 Day will be adding Chinese Enrichment, chess, Xgames, and ballet this fall. 

On June 2020, McGill joined the Franklin Covey family as a Leader in Me school.  The 7 Habits of Happy Kids have helped schools around the world be able to close achievement gaps and develop the leadership skills of struggling learners.  The Leader in Me aligns with the vision Reverend Smith had for McGill's children. To the loss of the San Diego community, our founder passed away this past February.  He leaves us his legacy and passion for leadership and education.  

We invite you to come see for yourself what makes McGill a small school with a BIG heart. 

With respect,

Norma Sandoval


McGill School of Success


619 629-0770 x7013