School Liaison Services
Navy Region Southwest employs School Liaison Officers (SLOs) who serve as liaisons between the Navy installation commander, military agencies and schools by providing assistance in matters pertaining to student education. The SLOs 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. SLOs level the playing field for military children by ensuring maximum educational opportunities for academic success. Visit www.navylifesw.com/sandiego/families/cyp/schoolliaison for more information. The San Diego Metro Navy SLO Team is comprised of one regional SLO and four installation SLOs. The installation SLOs are each assigned an area in San Diego in which they actively engage with the military families, school districts and their installation commanding officer. Every SLO maintains an office located on their assigned installation and is actively engaged in school districts with high concentrations of enrolled military children. If you are new to San Diego, deciding on what district and school site your children will attend can be overwhelming. Your installation SLO can assist you in locating and provide information regarding your neighborhood school district. Please visit www.navylifesw.com/sandiego/families/cyp/schoolliaison for more information or review the following Navy installation SLOs’ area of responsibility.
Navy School Liaison Officers in
San Diego County
Navy Region Southwest
Naval Base Coronado
Serving: Coronado, South Bay,
Naval Base Point Loma
Serving: Coastal area west of
Naval Base San Diego
Serving: Murphy Canyon, Downtown, Naval Medical Center
Naval Base San Diego and
Naval Air Facility El Centro
Serving: East County, Lemon Grove, Chula Vista, Santee, El Centro
San Diego County has 42 independent school districts that provide educational programs for elementary and secondary school children. Each school district 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. Of the 42 independent school districts in San Diego County, the San Diego Metro Navy School Liaison Officers are responsible for implementing military support and resources for military children in 12 of those school districts.
The San Diego County Office of Education is located at 6401 Linda Vista Road, San Diego, CA 92111. Their website, www.sdcoe.net, will provide you with an overview of services and resources they provide to the 42 independent school districts. 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.
In San Diego County, academic instruction provided to students in grades preschool through 12th varies district to district. A unified school district provides academic instruction to students in grades preschool through 12th. Other school districts will offer academic instruction to students enrolled strictly in a particular grade level, such as an elementary, middle or high school. In some cases the academic instruction provided by the district will be a combination of grade levels, such as an elementary/middle school or a middle/high school. All school districts offer basic education programs, as well as special programs and services.
Additionally, some public school districts offer alternative school options such as magnet schools, charter schools, virtual schools or even home schooling to parents that might not feel their neighborhood school is a proper fit for their children. It is important to note that not all school districts in the San Diego County have all of these options. Private schools do not fall within the policies and procedures of a public school district and often require tuition fees. General descriptions regarding these school options are listed in the following paragraphs.
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.
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.charterschoolcenter.org provides information about charter schools in general, along with information about laws and additional resources for parents; www.sdcoe.net/business-services/financial-services/Pages/charter-schools-san-diego-county.aspx provides a listing of all the charter schools in San Diego County.
Private schools offer 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 at www.caisca.org.
Home schooling laws 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 home schooling. The correct home schooling curriculum and support groups can help provide the best, most enriching home schooling experience for your child. The following are websites to provide you with more information regarding home schooling: the Home School 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 home schooling or are just looking for more resources and curriculum ideas, the home schooling website can help: www.homeschool.com.
Online schools are 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 home schooling. 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.
School Calendars, Hours and Schedules
Due to the school districts in the San Diego County being independent of one another, the school calendars will also vary by district. Not all schools in San Diego start in early September and end in the middle of June. There are some districts, including high school districts, that operate on a year-round or staggered schedule. Hours will also vary by district and they might also vary by school site within the same district.
Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission
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, and please visit www.mic3.net for more information.
San 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 at www.navylifesw.com/sandiego/families/cyp/schoolliaison.
Online Area School Information
San Diego County Office of
School Wise Press:
California Association of
Military Youth on the Move: http://apps.militaryonesource.mil/MOS/f?p=MYOM:HOME2:0
Military Child Education Coalition:
(free for military families)
Point Loma, and Bay View Area
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.
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. For more information, visit www.sandi.net.
Coronado Unified/South Bay
Coronado Unified School District is comprised of roughly 3,100 students spread across five schools: Coronado High School, Palm Academy, Coronado Middle School, Silver Strand Elementary and Village Elementary. There is also a preschool program for 3- to 4-year-olds, as well as adult education classes. For more information, visit www.coronadousd.net.
South Bay Union School District is an elementary (pre-K and up) school district. The district is comprised of nine K-6 schools, two charter schools and one preschool. South Bay Union School District feeds into Sweetwater Union High School District. The Sweetwater Union High School District consists of 32 campuses and encompasses Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City, San Ysidro and South San Diego.
The East County of San Diego is comprised of the Lemon Grove School District, La Mesa Spring Valley School District, Lakeside Union School District, Santee School District and the Cajon Valley Union School District. These five independent school districts, which consist of 74 elementary and middle school sites, provide academic instruction to students in grades pre-K through eighth grade. Students attending high school enroll in the Grossmont Union High School District. The Grossmont Union High School District consists of nine comprehensive high schools, two charter schools, one continuation high school, two alternative education sites, four special education facilities, a middle college high school program, a Regional Occupational Program (ROP) and an adult education program.
Chula Vista Elementary School District consists of 45 schools to include five dependent charter schools and two independent charter schools. National City School District consists of 11 schools that provide instruction to students in grades pre-K through sixth. Both the Chula Vista Elementary and National City School districts’ students attend middle school and high school in the Sweetwater Union High School District. The Sweetwater Union High School District consists of 32 campuses and encompasses Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City, San Ysidro and South San Diego.
Starting Public School
Upon enrolling your child in any school site, parents must present the following documentation:
Proof of residency. This can be a utility bill, rental agreement, mortgage document or Lincoln Military Housing Agreement.
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:
Proof of immunization against chickenpox or proof of having had chickenpox.
Kindergarten and first-grade students new to the district or attendance area:
Must provide a copy of a birth certificate, baptismal certificate or passport.
Must present proof of vaccination against hepatitis B and chickenpox.
Children must be 5 years of age or older, on or before Sept. 1, to be eligible to attend kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year.
A transitional kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate. Pursuant to law (EC 48000[c]), a child is eligible for transitional kindergarten if a child will have his or her fifth birthday between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2. For more information on transitional kindergarten in the state of California, go to www.cde.ca.gov/ci/gs/em/kinderfaq.asp#E3.
All first-grade students:
Must provide proof of recent physical examination.
Must be at least 6 years old by Sept. 1 of the school year.
All seventh-grade students:
Must provide proof of vaccination against chicken pox, hepatitis B and a second MMR vaccination. (This can be turned in at registration for new students or on the first day of school for continuing students.)
Tutoring Options and Assistance
Tutoring 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 visit www.militaryymca.com.
“Everyone a Reader” Volunteer Tutor Program provides trained volunteers who will read one-on-one with students in first through third grade. 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 visit www.sdcoe.net/lret2/media/?loc=ear.
SOAR (Student Online Achievement Resource) Program is 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 third through 12th grade. It is based on state standards 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 visit www.soarathome.org to gain further information regarding this program.
Navy Knowledge Online (NKO) Library offers resources for all children ages 3 and up. Kids have access to a live tutor, videos and e-books, as well as Academic Skills Question Banks for grades six through 12. NKO also offers College-Level Examination Program 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 NKO, 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. Visit https://www.nko.navy.mil for more information.
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 at home, at 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.
Kid’s Corner — www.sandiego.gov/public-library/kidsandteens.
Services for Children, Teens and Young Adults — www.sandiego.gov/public-library/kidsandteens.
Searching the Internet: Guide to the best Web resources: www.sandiego.gov/public-library/services/specialresources/internet.
After-school Academic Support Programs initiated 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 Programs
Once you decide on the type of schooling 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 Programs offer before- and after-school care, day camps, teen programs, youth sports and recreational activities for youth 5-18 years of age. Check online at www.navylifesw.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 (5 to 12 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 Program emphasizes 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, T-ball, softball, tennis, flag football and cheerleading.
A Day Camp/Intercession Program is offered for youth between the ages of 5 and 12 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 Program is 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 Program is 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 & Girls Clubs offer many different types of youth and child programs in local neighborhoods. Go to their website, www.sdyouth.org, to find the location nearest you or call 866-SDYOUTH.
The YMCA offers many different types of youth and child programs in local neighborhoods. Go to their website to find a location near you: www.ymca.org.
College Bound - Financing Options
Scholarships, 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 or www.militaryscholar.org
ROTC Scholarship —
Marine Corps Scholarship
Foundation — www.mcsf.org
Navy League —
Navy Officers’ Spouses’ Club — www.noscsandiego.com/Default.aspx?pageId=1435990
Miramar Officers’ Spouses’ Club — www.miramarowc.org/giving-back/scholarships
Scholarships for Military Children — www.militaryscholar.org