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United States Marine Corps
School Liaison Office
Building 6E (1st Floor)
San Diego, CA 92140-5000
Each installation provides information about the types of schools and programs offered on or near your installation for your child. Learn about the types of programs, guidelines and requirements for each school. Whether you choose to send your child to a Department of Defense School, a private school or public school, your installation can help you explore all of your options to make the right decision for you and your child.
There are no DoD schools aboard MCRD San Diego or in the greater San Diego area. San Diego County is home to more than 40 K-12 public school districts as well as private and parochial schools. As such, it is to your distinct advantage to utilize the services of the School Liaison Office aboard MCRD San Diego (Bldg. 6E, Tel. 619-524-8032 or 619-524-8104) to obtain information regarding attendance areas as well as specific immunization and admissions requirements.
There are no DoD schools serving MCRD San Diego. Children attend the local public schools in their community. The School Liaison Office, 619-524-8032/8104 (DSN) 312-524-8032/8104, helps parents in making their child's educational transition a smooth one in and out of San Diego by providing information on local schools and boundaries, assistance with school choice, and access to other educational resources.
The school your child attends is determined by where you live. If you choose to live outside the city of San Diego, contact the San Diego County Office of Education. A huge range of private schools and alternative options exist.
School calendar schedules vary widely. Depending on where you decide to live, your child may attend a school on a regular September-June calendar schedule, or year-round, or 4-track system. Please remember that when you see listings of "UNIFIED" school districts, it means that those districts educate both elementary and secondary school students; Kindergarten through 12th grade.
Federal and State laws require all public school districts to provide a "free, appropriate and individualized education for all handicapped children". Both Federal and State legislation mandate time lines for referral, assessment, certification, placement, and provisions of appropriate services to all students with exceptional needs.
The California Master Plan for Special Education is implemented in each district through a variety of educational programs for the learning handicapped, communicatively handicapped, physically handicapped, and severely handicapped. Instruction is given according to the needs of the student based on an individualized education plan. Parents participate in planning the specific educational program for their special education child.
In San Diego City Schools, about 10 percent of the total student enrollment, or over 12,000 students, receive some kind of special education services. Handicapping conditions range from the very mild, requiring only the occasional involvement of a resource teacher, to the severely impaired student who needs constant attention and care.
An individualized educational program is written for each special education student. The program is developed with the participation of the student's parents or guardian, who must approve the program. All special education teachers must be certified by the State of California for the specific instruction or services they provide to handicapped children.
The Special Education Parent Facilitator Program (SEPF) has been developed by San Diego City Schools to help parents of handicapped children, and facilitators are employed by the District to provide the education. The SEPF Program provides an important link between the home and the school for the purpose of improving services for the child.
San Diego County Office of Education Programs
Among the special or focused educational options available to students in the San Diego County Office of Education jurisdiction are:
San Diego County is home to more than 200 private primary and secondary schools, each one having its own academic curriculum, special programs, tuition, and fees. These alternatives to public schools offer families a learning atmosphere tailored to their own philosophies and their children's specific needs. For information about scholarships, entrance requirements and waiting lists check with the private school of your choice to obtain further information or contact MCRD School Liaison Office for list of private schools for children in the San Diego area.