By Kevin Lankes


Moving to a new area can be very stressful, and having to deal with every aspect of family life as it changes adds layers of complication that most people can find frustrating. Our guide will run you through the school options located on Fort Irwin and the surrounding areas so that you have at least one aspect of your PCS taken care of. Choosing the best school districts is a big factor in making your next housing decision. And if you’re still in the process of buying a house, there are loads of great listings for Fort Irwin on AHRN.com.

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Schools in Fort Irwin

The Fort Irwin school district is served by the Silver Valley Unified School District. Silver Valley is composed of an elementary school, an intermediate school, and a middle school, in addition to a second elementary school and a high school off post. Parents can also have their children attend schools in the nearby Barstow Unified School District. Busing is available for students to Silver Valley schools from post, but not to Barstow. There are other school districts in the surrounding area for those living outside of post. And there are other choices for private schools and nontraditional schooling.

Silver Valley Unified School District

PO Box 847 Yermo, CA 92398-0847


1 (760) 254-2916

Child and Youth Services

You’ll find nationally accredited and certified childcare on post at Fort Irwin. The options here for affordable care at convenient locations will take some weight off your shoulders. The Cactus Corner Child Development Center at 4150 Barstow Road and the Family Child Care Center at 1323 Pork Chop Hill are both great places with loads of childcare options for families. You’ll be able to enroll your child in full or partial day programs. Preschool programs are open for 2, 3, and 5 day schedules. After school programs for children in Kindergarten are also available. A program called Strong Beginnings will take your 4-year-old through school readiness prep every weekday for 3 hours per day. Centers are also available to parents on a flexible basis, providing hourly care for an affordable price. For older children, there are more advanced after school programs available, camps, and more. Babysitting referral is a service that childcare centers offer as well. Overall, Fort Irwin has you covered here, but if you’re looking to branch out into the outside area, they can also help you find childcare services that are up to snuff.

Irwin Elementary

1. Fort Irwin Lewis Elementary School

1800 Blackhawk Drive Fort Irwin, CA 92310


1 (760) 386-1900

Fort Irwin Middle Schools

1. Tiefort View Intermediate

8700 Anzio St. Fort Irwin, CA 92310


: 1 (760) 386-3123

Fort Irwin High Schools

Students in grades 9-12 will need to attend off-post schools which are listed below. Schools Near Fort Irwin

Schools Near Fort Irwin

Two nearby districts include Barstow Unified and Helendale. Barstow Unified School District maintains several elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and 2 high schools. Helendale supports an elementary school, a middle school, and 2 charter schools.

Elementary Schools Near Fort Irwin

1. Newberry Springs

33713 Newberry Road Newberry Springs, CA 92365


1 (760) 386-1900 Not on the base proper, Newberry Springs is the alternate elementary school belonging to Silver Springs Unified School District which serves Fort Irwin children.

2. Cameron Elementary School

801 Muriel Drive Barstow, CA 92311


1 (760) 255-6260

3. Crestline Elementary School

2020 Monterey Ave. Barstow, CA 92311


: 1 (760) 252-5121

4. Henderson Elementary School

400 South Avenue E Barstow, CA 92311


: 1 (760) 255-6250

5. Lenwood Elementary School

34374 Ash Road Barstow, CA 92311


: 1 (760) 253-7713

6. Montara Elementary School

700 Montara Road Barstow, CA 92311


: 1 (760) 252-5150

7. Skyline North Elementary School

36968 Camarillo Ave. Barstow, CA 92311


: 1 (760) 255-6090

8. Helendale Elementary School

27274 Peach Tree Lane Helendale, CA 92342


: 1 (760) 952-1204 Middle Schools Near Fort Irwin

Middle Schools Near Fort Irwin

1. Barstow Junior High School

1000 Armory Road Barstow, CA 92311


: 1 (760) 255-6200

2. Barstow STEM Academy

310 W. Mountain View Barstow, CA 92311


: 1 (760) 255-6150

3. Riverview Middle School

13943 Rivers Edge Road Helendale, CA 92342


: 1 (760) 952-1266 High Schools Near Fort Irwin

High Schools Near Fort Irwin

1. Silver Valley High School

35484 Daggett-Yermo Road Dagget, CA 92310


: 1 (760) 254-2963 The Silver Valley High School that serves Fort Irwin high schoolers is located off post in nearby Dagget, California.

2. Barstow High School

430 South First Ave. Barstow, CA 92311


: 1 (760) 255-6105

3. Central High School

405 North Second Ave. Barstow, CA 92311


: 1 (760) 255-6063

4. Ace Charter School

13943 Rivers Edge Road Helendale, CA 92342


: 1 (760) 952-1266

Charter Schools Near Fort Irwin

1. Independence Charter Academy

15350 Riverview Road Helendale, CA 92342


: 1 (760) 952-1760 Independence Charter Academy enrolls children from grades K-12.


There are a surprising amount of options for schooling in the middle of the Mojave Desert. But children from post and the surrounding community have to find their education somewhere, and so the three districts that make up the local school facilities in the area are prepared for parents PCSing to base with high expectations for their little ones. With schools on post, in the area, and charter options available, there should be something to suit everyone’s particular educational needs here.  

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