Travis AFB Community
In Solano County
Finding the right schools and educational opportunities for each family member is an important part of any move. This chapter outlines Solano County’s public schools system, private schools, charter schools and home schooling criteria, as well as local libraries and higher education institutions.
To be enrolled in a California school, a child must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 of the school year. California law requires that all schoolchildren be immunized against polio, diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus (DPT), measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), and varicella. Kindergarten students are also required to have hepatitis B immunizations. Students entering seventh grade must show proof of having received the hepatitis B series and/or a second MMR. Varicella is required for all out-of-state entrants from grades one through 12 unless they can show physician’s documentation of having had the disease. All seventh- through 12th-grade students must receive a whooping cough booster shot (Tdap) before entering school. Students must submit an up-to-date immunization record.
In 2010, California, along with 42 other states, the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. At present, national Common Core State Standards exist only for English language arts and mathematics, with science and social studies in development, though California has state standards across the full curriculum. For more information, visit www.corestandards.org.
Charter schools are public schools of choice that are tuition-free, serve all students and have open enrollment. For more information or a listing of charter schools in California, visit the California Department of Education, Charter School Division’s website at www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cs.
California statutes do not explicitly authorize home schooling. Whether a home-schooled child is attending a private school and therefore exempt from public school attendance is a decision made by local school districts and law enforcement authorities.
However, many public schools offer independent study or home-based study as an option. California has a growing number of charter schools that offer different types of schooling in nontraditional settings. For assistance in determining the best public school option, go to www.cde.ca.gov/sp/eo/hh. You can also call the Educational Options Office at 916-323-2568.
2166 W. Broadway #266
Anaheim, CA 92804 800-327-5339
California Homeschool Network (CHN) is a statewide grassroots organization dedicated to protecting the fundamental right of parents to educate their children. CHN’s website provides information about the organization, current state and federal legislation affecting home-schooling families, and how to get started educating your children at home.
To search for local private schools in California, visit the National Center for Education Statistics website and use the private school search tool at www.nces.ed.gov/surveys/pss/privateschoolsearch. Users may search by location, religious affiliation, school type and more.
Choosing a School
Choosing the right school is important, so be sure to research each one before deciding. Contact the school by phone or by visiting its website, which is a valuable source for school district statistics and curriculum. Talk to people in the area, especially friends and colleagues who already live there.
If the school shows promise, schedule a visit and bring a list of written questions about student-teacher ratios, computer availability, extracurricular activities, sports programs, music programs, gifted programs and grading standards.
Discuss the potential school with your child: what they like and what they didn’t like. Your family’s ability to readily adapt to a move and to find happiness in your new home may depend, in part, on how happy your children are in their new school.
Dixon Unified School District
180 S. First St.
Dixon, CA 95620 707-693-6300
Dixon Unified School District has three elementary schools, one middle school and two high schools. The district has an enrollment of approximately 3,800.
Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District
2490 Hilborn Road
Fairfield, CA 94534 707-399-5000
Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District has 11 elementary schools, three K-8 schools, three middle schools, four high schools, one adult school and two alternative schools. The district has an enrollment of about 21,500 students.
Travis Unified School District
2751 De Ronde Drive
Fairfield, CA 94533 707-437-4604
Travis Unified School District is adjacent to and serves Travis Air Force Base, portions of Vacaville and Fairfield, and portions of unincorporated Solano County. The district includes five elementary schools, two of which are located within the perimeter of Travis Air Force Base, and a middle school, comprehensive high school, alternative high school and a community day school, all of which are on the same block adjacent to the district office. Approximately
5,500 students attend school in the district.
Vacaville Unified School District
401 Nut Tree Road
Vacaville, CA 95687 707-453-6117
Vacaville Unified School District serves about 12,400 students from the suburban area as well as a significant rural area north of the city. The district serves 10 elementary and charter schools, one K-8 school, two middle schools, four high schools and an adult education program.
Vallejo City Unified School District
665 Walnut Ave.
Vallejo, CA 94592 707-556-8921
The Vallejo City Unified School District serves approximately 14,000 students. The district is composed of 13 elementary schools, three K-8 schools, three middle schools, two comprehensive high schools, a continuation school, a community day school and a unique school which provides support to families who choose an independent study/home study option. In addition, the district has an extensive child development and preschool program and an adult school which serves 4,000 adults.