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Why Bishop's?

What a wonderful thing it is to be part of the Bishop’s community.

The School has a long history and delightful traditions, yet – under Head of School Ron’s Kim leadership – is moving forward, focused on providing the essential foundation for students to learn, grow, and be their best. Our Strategic Plan places well-being at the core of everything we do, and our Episcopal values align with my own values as an educator and as a parent. 

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My family and I moved here from the east coast in the summer of 2021, and since I had interviewed for and accepted my job sight unseen, I was frankly unsure about the kind of community I was joining. Once I arrived, I was immediately struck by how warm and welcoming everyone was–from the students and colleagues who quickly learned my name and patiently answered my many questions, to the kitchen staff who were so accommodating of my food allergy and even learned how to make my favorite Filipino dish (pork adobo!), to the parent and guardian community whose support of the School and spirit of volunteerism is simply incredible. Now that I’ve been here for a few years, I feel right at home on Bishop’s beautiful campus. I love having walking-and-talking meetings down at the beach with my admissions teammates and coaching from the sideline of Hunte Field. 

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As a parent of two Bishop’s students, I am grateful for the dedicated and passionate faculty who are here. My colleagues have really gotten to know my children – their strengths and areas for growth – and are so kind and supportive. Learning about Bishop’s students through my children's friends has reaffirmed what this community is all about: young people who love learning, genuinely care about others and want to make a difference. 

I understand the costs associated with independent school may seem daunting. I did not have the opportunity to attend an independent school myself, and I would not have been able to attend college and graduate school without the support of financial aid. My family and I are grateful for the financial support that my own children have received from the independent schools they have attended. I feel fortunate to work for a school that seeks to provide access and affordability to all qualified students regardless of family background or financial ability. If you are interested in a Bishop’s education for your child, please know that we are committed to enrolling a socioeconomically diverse student body, one that is representative of all of San Diego County. Our annual financial aid budget is $5.2 million, and 20 percent of students receive financial aid, including support for tuition, books, uniforms and transportation

As you consider your educational options, I invite you to further explore our website, reach out and ask questions of the admissions team and/or our student Head Ambassadors and visit us in person. When you’re ready to apply, my team and I will look forward to getting to know you.

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Go Knights!
Vivien Valenzuela Mallick 
Director of Admissions & Financial Aid


Bishop’s is an inclusive community that believes our differences are a source of strength. We are committed to the pursuit of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice. We respect the dignity of every human being and aspire to be a school where all are known, cared for and feel that they belong.