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San Diego, CA 92016
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 in the San Diego Area. In all, San Diego County has 47 independent school districts, according to the San Diego County Office of Education.
For more information on accreditation visit the website location in the contact section.
The San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) is the eighth largest U.S. urban district and California's second largest school district, educating 131,000 pre-school through 12th grade students.
The district's student population is extremely diverse, representing more than 15 ethnic groups with more than 60 languages and dialects spoken at home.
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.
Calendar years for most schools vary, but most start in early August and end around the middle of June. There are 176 schools operating on year-round schedules. Depending on the school district, these schools begin their year in July or September but stagger the 180 days of instruction over the entire year, rather than nine months. Most students receive a minimum of three vacation periods during the year.
Each district determines what, if any, bus transportation it provides to students within its boundaries. Students and their families are responsible for transportation if attending a school other than their assigned school. In some areas, fees for bus service may apply. Families can apply to have the transportation fee reduced or eliminated by submitting a waiver. Reduced or eliminated fees are based on family income.
Meals are served to students through the federally-funded USDA National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. Food is also served during the summer through the Summer Food Service Program. Some school districts will designate locations for students to participate in the Summer Food Service Program. Children from families whose income satisfies specific criteria may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals. To apply, contact your child's school to request a confidential Certification Application.
All students are also encouraged to take advantage of the Kid's Choice Café program, which provides healthy, nutritious meals developed by registered dietitians.
For more information contact Food Services at 858-627-7340.
Before and After School
Most San Diego area schools offer a Before and/or After School Program for children. Program name vary by school district. Some are called 6-to-6, PrimeTime, DASH or Extended School Services.
PrimeTime Extended Day Program, which is available in the San Diego Unified School District, provides academic support and enrichment activities before and/or after school for students at the middle and elementary level at 127 school sites. These services are available at no cost to participating families through the After School Education and Safety state grant funds. Please contact the San Diego Unified School District Extended Learning Opportunities Department Instructional Media Center at 858-503-1870. However, if you choose to live outside of the San Diego Unified School District there may be a fee for these services. For more information contact the San Diego County of Education, at 858-292-3500.
The CNRSW Child & Youth Programs operates eight housing area recreation centers and offers a wide variety of recreation programs for children ages three to seventeen. Some of these programs include open recreation, field trips, teen programs, and special events, as well as the programs listed below. For additional information on any of these programs or services, contact your local Housing Area Recreation Center or call the Murphy Canyon Youth Center at 858-268-2828.
Before and After School Program -- This program is designed to meet the needs of school-aged youth (five to twelve years) in the hours before and after school. Organized and supervised activities are conducted at specific times before and after regular school hours.
Day Camp/Intercession/School Holidays -- This program is offered for youth between the ages of five and twelve and is conducted during school holidays and summer vacation/intercession periods. Day camp activities include arts and crafts, sports, games, swimming, field trips, outdoor recreation, cultural programs and special events.
Tiny Tot Program -- Tiny Tot classes are offered to children ages three to five years old. This part-time program provides an open environment where your child can participate in arts and crafts, music and rhythm, story time, social games, movement and much more.
Each school district in the County of San Diego has its own specialized sports program. Contact the San Diego County of Education at 858-292-3500 for more information. Don't forget to check out MWR Youth Programs as well, for additional sport programs. Visit the CYP website for more information.
Special Needs/Exceptional Children Programs
The California Education Code is compliant with the federal code that provides for the least restrictive environment for any children with special needs. The goal is always to keep students with special needs in regular classrooms. When appropriate, students may need to supplement their studies with the assistance of a resource specialist, speech pathologist or speech therapist that can work in or outside the classroom with them. Children with severe learning disabilities may be placed in separate classrooms that can better accommodate their individual learning needs. Each school district in San Diego County has a school psychologist who conducts an individual assessment of students to determine eligibility for a special needs program. That psychologist works in conjunction with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team that is composed of both education professionals, and parents to develop a custom plan, which is regularly reviewed and updated.
For information on local schooling options and transfers, please contact a School Liaison Officer.
There are no DoD Schools in the San Diego area.
To encourage the highest achievement of every student, each school district has similar content standards, which define the knowledge, concepts, and skills that students should acquire at each grade level. Each district's curriculum, student-level assessment, textbooks, instructional materials, and professional development activities are all aligned with the standards. This ensures, among other benefits, that the knowledge students acquire in the classroom is directly related to the statewide assessments they take each year. For more information on your particular district, contact the San Diego County Office of Education at 858-292-3500 or visit their website.
Grading scales vary widely, check with the individual school districts for more specific information.
Achievement Test Scores
Students enrolled in any of the school districts in San Diego County will take a variety of tests each school year. Some tests are required by the state and the district; others are required to sample student performance across the country. State-Mandated Tests show how students are doing in meeting academic standards.
For more information on the variety of achievement test, visit any school district's website or the CA Department of Education's website.
School Accountability Report Card (SARC)
California state law requires every public school and school district to issue an annual School Accountability Report Card (SARC).A SARC report will provide information pertaining to testing results, student/teacher ratio, demographics, suspensions/expulsions, salaries, condition of the school and more.
All school districts in San Diego County have school accountability report cards posted on their webpages.
There are 121 elementary schools, 36 middle or junior high schools, 27 high schools, 18 atypical or alternative schools, and 51 charter schools. To view a list of schools, or for information about a specific school, visit the district's School directory and click on the name of the school.
The enrollment process might differ by each district. The majority of school districts have an online registration process, which allows parents to begin enrolling in the school site/district. To complete the enrollment process, parents and students will have to be present at the school site and bring the following with them:
1) Proof of age
2) Proof of residency - utility bill, lease agreement or govt. documentation
3) Immunization records
4) Previous school records if available
5) IEP/504 documents if applicable
CNRSW School Liaison Officers
School Liaison Officers for Navy Region Southwest support military dependent children in grades K through 12.
Qualified professionals assist military families in achieving success during their transfer and transition into a new school. Advising students and parents, making referrals regarding all issues related to the students’ academics and facilitating communication between the local school district educators and military families.
In San Diego County, there are a variety of school district types that provide instruction to students in grades Pre-K-12th. Most often if a school district has "unified" in their name, they provide instruction to students in grades Pre-K-12th. Otherwise the school district will focus primarily on a specific grade level. For example; Pre-K-6th or 7th - 12th or 9th-12th. School district and city boundaries are not necessarily contiguous. Pupil/teacher ratios are maintained and followed by California Education Codes.
Unified school districts contain both elementary and secondary grades. All school districts offer education programs focusing on state academic standards and curriculum. Special programs and services are also available in most school districts. Personal contact with an individual school district is the best way to learn about school calendars, facilities, curriculum, graduation requirements, extracurricular activities and other areas.
The San Diego Unified School District is the largest in the county, and the eighth largest urban school district in the nation. The district serves most of the metropolitan area within the San Diego city limits and provides a variety of educational programs and options for students in kindergarten through high school. It operates as a system of neighborhood schools with all children eligible to attend the school serving their residential address. School districts in San Diego allow families to transfer from one school to another within the same school district or transfer to another school district. Timelines should be noted if parents are considering transferring their children.
San Diego County is home to more than 200 private primary and secondary schools. These alternatives to public schools offer families a learning atmosphere tailored to their own philosophies and their children's specific needs.
Accreditation by independent agencies is available to private schools. Schools volunteer to have their programs inspected and evaluated. Tuition varies by each school.
Private schools vary widely, from highly structured to self-directed learning environments, to college prep and curriculum strong in artistic expression. Most private schools are church affiliated, however, they often accept students of any religious background.
For information about scholarships, entrance requirements and waiting lists, parents should direct inquiries to the desired school.
Each state has different laws governing home schooling. Many communities have organizations that assist home schooling families with curriculum and opportunities to meet other home school students. Options for homeschooling your child include:
· The local school district
· Online programs
· Private companies
· Independently (by filing an affidavit with the State of California)
If homeschooling your child is provided through the local school district, online program or private company your child should be provided a standard curriculum to follow and assigned a teacher who will monitor your child’s progress.
If you wish to home school independently, you must file a private school affidavit with the State of California. You, as the parent, will then be responsible for creating your own curriculum and submitting all documentation and testing to the state.
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Parents also have options to send their children to schools outside the neighborhood by enrolling eligible students in the district's magnet programs.
Magnet Programs are special learning opportunities for all students living in and around the San Diego Unified School District area. Magnet Programs attract students by offering unique opportunities for in-depth studies in specific areas of study while meeting rigorous California State curriculum standards. Magnet Programs also offer a variety of special features to students, which may include:
Many magnet schools work closely with universities and businesses to provide exposure to higher education and career opportunities.
For general magnet questions and the application directions, call Enrollment Options at 619-725-5672.
School districts generally set their own policies for intra-district transfers (from one school in the district to another) and inter-district transfers (to a school outside the district). Preferences are often given to children whose childcare provider is near a particular school, or whose parents work in the city where the school is located. Most school districts have an appeals process if your request is denied. Space limitations often make transfers difficult and each district's process has its own regulations, so be sure to check with your local district for specific requirements.
Charter schools are public schools that may provide instruction in grades kindergarten through 12. Charter schools are usually created or organized by a group of parents, teachers and other educators, and community leaders or community-based organizations. The specific goals and operating procedures for a charter school are detailed in the agreement (or "charter") between the board and the organizers.
Key objectives are to:
To meet these objectives, charter schools are granted increased autonomy in exchange for increased accountability for results. The school must meet all the student performance and operational goals listed in its charter, or the charter may be revoked.
These are generally schools whose educational philosophies are different from traditional programs. Typically, alternative schools have small classes, social and emotional development curriculum, and self-paced academic curriculum. This title is used officially as well as informally to describe a wide range of schools, so it's important to ask specific schools why they are classified as "alternative."