Thousands of kids across the county started school Tuesday, including the inaugural class at e³ Civic High School.
e³ is located on the sixth and seventh floors of the new central library in San Diego’s East Village.
On Tuesday morning, students, staff, parents and community leaders attended a ribbon cutting. Then, everyone toured the new facility.
"In every classroom, there’s technology that has the Internet and writing and studies right on the board. They can then touch the wall, and it shows up on their tablet," board chair Mel Katz explained. "Every student will have their own tablet to take home with them."
Besides state-of-the-art technology, the school will also feature a “healthy eating kitchen” and internships for students in the downtown area.
"They are going to be learning in a civic environment, right in the middle of our downtown, with the opportunity to use our new library and all of its resources," Interim Mayor Todd Gloria said.
"These children are going to be world-class learners able to compete in a world-class economy," Gloria said.
e³ is a public charter school; tuition is free, but students have to apply for spots. This year, the school is only teaching 9th and 10th grades, but will expand to 11th and 12th grades in the coming years. 260 kids are currently enrolled.
This is the first school in the country located inside a library, according to school officials.
The new library opens at the end of the month.