School Liaison ServicesNavy Region Southwest employs School Liaison Officers who serve as liaisons between the Navy installation commander, military agencies and schools by providing assistance in matters pertaining to student education. The School Liaison Officers also implement the Navy’s Strategic Planning for Education Advocacy K-12 recommendations in order to ensure Navy families have access to quality educational opportunities. School Liaison Officers level the playing field for military children by ensuring maximum educational opportunities for academic success. Visitwww.mwrtoday.com/slofor more information.
School Liaison Officers (SLO) in San Diego County
• Regional/Program Manager 619-532-4251
• San Diego Metro SLO 1 - (San Diego Unified) 619-991-2509
• San Diego Metro SLO 2 - (Coronado, South Bay, Chula Vista) 619-247-9109
•San Diego Metro SLO 3 - (Lemon Grove, La Mesa, El Cajon) 619-247-9082
• San Diego Metro SLO 4 - (San Diego Unified, West of 805/Coastal) 858-431-6482
School OptionsPublic schoolsin California are funded primarily through state funds allocated through the annual state budget process. Education funding has not increased as rapidly in California as it has in other states, and class sizes tend to be larger in all public schools in California. The average class size in San Diego for first and second graders is 25 students; at grades three to six, it is about 30 students; in middle school, the average is 34 students; and high school classrooms average 35 students. Some public school districts in San Diego offer two additional options regarding school placement; magnet or charter schools.
1. Magnet schools serve as a public school choice and offer unique opportunities for in-depth studies in specific areas of study while meeting rigorous California state curriculum standards.
2. Charter schools are public schools that are created when a group of parents, teachers and community leaders petition a local school board or county board of education for a charter to open an independent school in their community. To find out more information about charter schools, here is a list of helpful links: www.uscharterschools.org provides information about charter schools in general, along with information about laws and additional resources for parents. Also, the websitewww.sdcoe.net/business2/dfs/charter/sdcoecharter.html provides a listing of all the charter schools in San Diego County.
Private schoolsoffer many different types of programs and activities that public schools may not. They may be religious or secular and use various methods of instruction. Search online for private schools that are members of the California Association of Independent Schools atwww.caisca.org.
Homeschoolinglaws differ from state to state. It is recommended that parents review the laws in the state of California to be fully aware of the requirements for homeschooling. The correct homeschooling curriculum and support groups can help provide the best most enriching homeschooling experience for your child. Below are some websites to provide you with more information regarding homeschooling: The Homeschool Legal Defense Association has information about state laws as well as other important resources. Find out more at www.hslda.org. If you are new to homeschooling or are just looking for more resources and curriculum ideas, the homeschool website can help:www.homeschool.com.
Online schoolsare becoming more popular as family schedules become tighter. Online schools are a great way for you to offer your child the best of public school curriculum and combine it with the intensity of homeschooling. Most online programs are no cost and are generally organized as charter schools. This is an option that many military families prefer as the programs are more flexible than traditional schooling options.
Choosing the Right SchoolIf you’re new to San Diego, finding the right school can be challenging. With the help of a School Liaison Officer (SLO) who is familiar with the area, you can build a positive academic environment and ensure the growth and success for military school-age children. SLOs provide military families, educators, and installation commanders with resources as they work together in providing a supportive and positive educational environment for children of military families. Find SLO contact information and more resources at:www.mwrtoday.com/slo.
Year-round or a Traditional School Schedule
Not all schools in San Diego start in early September and end in the middle of June. There are some, including high schools, that operate on a year-round or staggered schedule. School Liaison Officers can help with information about school calendars, facilities, curriculum, resources, graduation requirements, extracurricular activities and other information that differs from district to district.
Student Online Achievement Resources (SOAR)SOAR is a program for military families and the school districts that serve them. It aims to address the unique challenges facing military children in our nation’s public schools, while benefiting the overall student population. As an interactive tool, students take an online assessment aligned to state standards and are then directed to individualized FREE tutorials to develop skills as needed. Parents can monitor their children’s progress, while receiving resources. For more information on this incredible resource for military families, visitwww.soarathome.org.
The Interstate Compact Educational Opportunity for Military Children
This program ensures that the children of military families are afforded the same opportunities for educational success as other children and are not penalized or delayed in achieving their educational goals by inflexible administrative and bureaucratic practices. Contact a School Liaison Officer for more information.
School DistrictsSan Diego County has more than 40 independent school districts that provide educational programs for elementary and secondary school children. Each school system is governed by a locally-elected board of education. School district and city boundaries are not necessarily contiguous and not all school districts are close to Navy installations.
In San Diego County, there are three types of school districts: elementary, high school and unified. Unified districts contain both elementary and secondary grades. All school districts offer basic education programs, as well as special programs and services.
Contact with an individual school district is the best way to learn about school calendars, facilities, curriculum, graduation requirements, extracurricular activities and other areas that differ from district to district. For more information, contact the San Diego County Office of Education located at 6401 Linda Vista Road, San Diego, CA 92111, 858-292-3500. Or visit www.sdcoe.net. For free comprehensive resource support and assistance in choosing the best school for you, contact a School Liaison Officer atwww.mwrtoday.com/slo.
Online area school information and school report cards
• San Diego County Office of Education:www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us
• Great Schools:www.greatschools.net
• School Wise Press:www.schoolwisepress.com
• California Education Data Partnership:www.ed-data.k12.ca.us
• California Association of Independent Schools:www.caisca.org
• Military Youth on the Move:http://apps.mhf.dod.mil/pls/psgprod/
• Military Child Education Coalition:www.militarychild.org
• Tutor.com:www.tutor.com (free for military families)
San Diego Unified School District
The San Diego Unified School District is the eighth largest urban school district in the country and provides a variety of educational programs and options for students in kindergarten through high school. The district serves most of the metropolitan area within the city limits of San Diego.
San Diego City schools operate a system of neighborhood schools, with all children eligible to attend the school serving their residential address unless the school is severely overcrowded. In overcrowded schools, the district assigns new students to a school with space and provides free transportation.
Parents also have options to send their children to schools outside the neighborhood by enrolling eligible students in the district’s magnet programs or the School Choice Program. Magnet programs in 45 schools offer specialized curriculum the district cannot afford to provide in all schools. Programs range from a strong emphasis on science, math and computers to creative and performing arts, from foreign language to Montessori.
The School Choice Program provides enrollment options for students who reside within the district boundaries and who wish to attend a school other than the school of residence. Although some schools in the district are operating at capacity and cannot accept SCP students, others have space available for interested families. The district does not provide transportation for this program.
The district also operates an extensive program for students with exceptional needs, including programs for academically gifted students and programs for students with special needs.
Most schools, including all high schools, operate on a traditional calendar with school starting in early September and ending about the middle of June. There are 48 schools operating on year-round schedules. These schools also begin their year in September, but stagger the 180 days of instruction over the entire year, rather than nine months and give students three vacation periods. For more information, visitwww.sandi.net.
Starting Public SchoolAll students must present:
1. Proof of residency, this can be a utility bill, rental
agreement, mortgage document, or military
2. Proof of immunizations against polio, measles,
mumps and rubella (MMR), diphtheria, whooping
cough, and tetanus. - or - A permanent medical
exemption or personal beliefs exemption.
Students new to California must also provide:
1. Proof of immunization against chickenpox. - or -
Proof of having had chickenpox.
Kindergarten & first-grade students new to the district or attendance area:
1. Must provide a copy of a birth certificate,
baptismal certificate or passport.
2. Must present proof of vaccination against hepatitis
B and chickenpox.
3. Children must be five years or older, on or before
December 2, to be eligible to attend Kindergarten
for the current school year.
All first-grade students:
1. Proof of recent physical examination.
2. Must be at least 6 years old by December 2 for the
current school year.
All seventh-grade students: Must provide proof of vaccination against chicken pox, hepatitis B and a second MMR vaccination. (Can be turned in at registration for new students or on the first day of school for continuing students.)
Tutoring Options and AssistanceTutoring and Academic Assistance for military children enrolled in San Diego schools is available through several programs. These programs are not available at every school site, so please consult your school to find out what tutoring options are available for your child.
Operation Hero Program (Armed Services YMCA)is an after-school program that targets children, ages 6 to 12, who have been identified by school personnel as having difficulty adjusting both academically and socially in the school environment. Curriculum is designed to help children cope with the challenges of military life, provide tools for a successful education, and promote a positive self-image. Operation Hero Program can be contacted at 858-751-5755 or visithttp://www.militaryymca.com
"Everyone A Reader" Volunteer Tutor Programprovides trained volunteers who will read one-on-one with students in grades 1-3. The students who participate are those identified by teachers as those who need extra practice and special assistance with reading. To gain further information regarding this program please contact 800-711-READ or visithttp://www.sdcoe.net/lret2/la/?loc=ear
SOAR (Student Online Achievement Resource) programis a free program for military families and the school districts that serve them. SOAR focuses on math, reading and language arts. SOAR content is most appropriate for students in grades 3-12. It is state-standards based and provides SAT and ACT prep material for high school students. Military families can gain information on state standards for their current location as well as their next duty station, thereby providing children academic support. Please visithttp://www.soarathome.orgto gain further information regarding this program.
Navy Knowledge Online (NKO) Libraryoffers resources for all children ages 3 and up. Kids have access to a live tutor, videos, eBooks, as well as Academic Skills Question Banks for grades 6-12. NKO also offers College Level Examinations Proficiency tests, Peterson’s study guides, and GED and AP Exams Prep for children preparing for college. You must register as an NKO User and create a password. Once you sign in to Navy Knowledge Online, click on the REFERENCE tab in the navigation bar. Look for the Tutor.com box in the right column and click on the links Kids and Teens or Adults to get a tutor. You are eligible as active duty military families, USNA Midshipmen, DEP personnel, and DON civilians/contractors.
Got Homework?The San Diego Public Library can help! Free online help for classroom assignments is as close as your computer. Kids and adults can access online resources remotely from any computer home, school or at the library. The following is a list of available resources through the San Diego Public Libraries:
• Library Catalog - Find books, videos, music and more at the San Diego Public Library.https://sddp.sirsi.net/uhtbin/cgisirsi/x/x/0/49/
• Services for Children, Teens, and Young Adults-http://www.sandiego.gov/public-library/services/children.shtml
• Searching the Internet: Guide to the best web resources.http://www.sandiego.gov/public-library/searching-the-net/index.shtml
After-School Academic Support Programsinitiated by your local schools – Some schools offer tutoring and after-school academic support programs. Inquire at your neighborhood school to find out if there are after-school academic support programs.
After School and Youth ProgramsOnce you decide on the type of schooling option for your child, you may be looking for enrichment programs and after school programs. There are many different types of programs to choose from, some of them are specifically for military kids.
Navy Child and Youth Programsoffer before and after-school care, day camps, teen programs, youth sports, recreational activities for youth 5-18 years of age. Check online at: www.mwrtoday.com for further information.
School Age Care (SAC)is offered at most Navy housing locations. This is a before and after school program designed to meet the needs of school-aged kids (five to twelve years old). Kids enrolled in the program are walked to the neighborhood school and picked up after school. They are able to participate in organized activities, homework help, join clubs and more. Services are provided at low cost, depending on rank and income.
The Youth Sports Programemphasizes participation for all players. Sports leagues, skills, clinics, fitness classes and special sporting events are planned throughout the year. Sports offered include: basketball, indoor soccer, tee-ball, softball, tennis, flag football and cheerleading.
A Day Camp/Intercession Programis 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.
Open Recreation Programis available for youth 10-18 (18 if still in high school) to entertain themselves with billiards, board games, movies, tournaments, arts and crafts projects and special events. Open recreation is available at your local recreation or youth centers located in military housing.
The Teen Programis designed for middle and high school age youth. Activities include special development programs and community involvement. The programs are offered at your local housing youth and recreation centers.
Check your local school district to find out if they offer before and after school programs and the eligibility criteria. Before and after school programs here in San Diego are sometimes called Extended Day Programs (EDP), Primetime, or 6 to 6 programs.
Boys and Girls Cluboffers many different types of youth and child programs in local neighborhoods. Go to their website to find the location nearest you
www.sdyouth.orgor call 866-SDYOUTH.
TheYMCAoffers many different types of youth and child programs in local neighborhoods. Go to their website to find a location near you
College Bound - Financing OptionsScholarships, student loans, and the GI Bill are some ways in which students can financially pay for college. We have listed several websites regarding financial assistance for students interested in attending college. Usually in the fall, San Diego School Districts will host a resource fair in which several college representatives are on hand to answer questions regarding their schools.
• Scholarships for Students -
• United States Department of Veterans Affairs -www.va.gov
• California Student Aid Commission -www.csac.ca.gov
• San Diego Foundation –www.sdfoundation.com/GrantsScholarships/Scholarships.aspx
• DECA Scholarship -- www.deca.org/scholarships orwww.commissaries.com/
• Navy/Marine Corps ROTC Scholarship -www.navy.com/navy/joining/education-opportunities/nrotc/
• Marine Corps Scholarship Federation -www.mcsf.org
• Navy League -www.navyleague.org/scholarship
• Navy Officer Spouses Club -www.noscsandiego.com/scholarships.html
• Miramar Officer Wives Club -www.miramar.usmc.mil/Miramar_Officers_Wives_Club/Welcome.html
• Scholarships for Military Children -www.militaryscholar.org/