MARCH ARB SCHOOLS: DAYCARE - HIGH SCHOOL
By Tracy Fuga
IntroductionMoving or starting over at a new duty station has its challenges. You have to find a new place to live, learn to navigate a new area, and figure out where your kids are attending school or what daycares are available for your children. Luckily, there will be no shortage of quality schools and childcare options for your children in Riverside County, near March Air Reserve Base (ARB). See for yourself.
Suggested Read:March Air Reserve Base: In-Depth Welcome Center
California School EnrollmentTo be enrolled in a California school for kindergarten, a child must turn 5 on or before Sept. 1 of the calendar year. Registration typically requires a birth certificate or other proof of the child’s age, documentation of residency and the child’s previous school records and immunization records. Visit the California Department of Education website for more information. Check with individual schools for additional enrollment requirements prior to arriving.
Schools in March ARBFor service personnel connected to March Air Reserve Base, you'll send your child to the district connected to your mailing address. If you’re just north of March ARB in Moreno Valley, your children will attend either Moreno Valley Unified School District or Val Verde Unified School District. If you’re living in nearby Riverside, your children will enroll in Riverside Unified School District. Wherever they attend, rest assured that they’ll have access to the finest education possible. And if your child requires extra assistance, there are a number of programs available through the school districts.
March ARB Elementary SchoolsAll elementary schools are off base and listed below.
March ARB Middle SchoolsAll middle schools are off base and listed below.
March ARB High SchoolsAll high schools are off base and listed below.
Schools Near March ARBThere are a number of public schools, charter schools, private schools and other options for school-aged children living near March ARB.
Moreno Valley Unified School District25634 Alessandro Blvd. Moreno Valley, CA 92553
Phone:1 (951) 571-7500 Moreno Valley Unified School District serves more than 33,000 students across nearly 40 schools. The district has 23 elementary schools, six middle schools, five high schools and five alternative schools to meet the needs of Moreno Valley’s residents. Many students have ties to nearby March ARB.
Val Verde Unified School District975 W. Morgan St. Perris, CA 92571
Phone:1 (951) 940-6100 Val Verde Unified School District is the neighboring district to Moreno Valley Unified School District, its larger counterpart in Moreno Valley. The district serves more than 20,000 students across 24 schools, including one early childhood center, 12 elementary schools, four middle schools, four high schools, an adult school and two academies.
Riverside Unified School District3380 14th St. Riverside, CA 92501
Phone:1 (951) 788-7135 Riverside Unified School District serves more than 42,000 students across 51 schools. The district has 29 elementary schools, eight middle schools, nine high schools and five alternative schools to meet the needs of Riverside’s nearly 327,000 residents. Although the district is roughly 30 minutes from March Air Reserve Base, many military families choose to live in the area.
Elementary Schools Near March ARB
1. Edgemont Elementary School
District:Moreno Valley Unified School District 21790 Eucalyptus Ave. Moreno Valley, CA 92553
Phone:1 (951) 571-4570 About 7 miles from March Air Reserve Base sits Edgemont Elementary School. The school uses the Common Core standards approved by the state for its 600 students in grades K-5.
2. Moreno Elementary School
District:Moreno Valley Unified School District 26700 Cottonwood Ave. Moreno Valley, CA 92555
Phone:1 (951) 571-4620 Moreno Elementary School is about 11 miles from March ARB’s front gate. The nearly 500 pre-K through fifth grade students benefit from a world-class performing arts program and an emphasis on patriotism.
3. Avalon Elementary School
District:Val Verde Unified School District 1815 E. Rider St. Perris, CA 92571
Phone:1 (951) 490-0360 Less than 8 miles from March ARB’s front gate sits Avalon Elementary School. The elementary school enrolls nearly 700 students from kindergarten through fifth grade and is one of the highest-rated schools in the area.
4. Columbia Elementary School
District:Val Verde Unified School District 21350 Rider St. Perris, CA 92570
Phone:1 (951) 443-2460 Columbia Elementary School is roughly 6 miles from March ARB, making it one of the closest and largest schools to the base, with over 700 kindergarten through fifth grade students enrolled.
Middle Schools Near March ARB
1. Badger Springs Middle School
District:Moreno Valley Unified School District 24750 Delphinium Ave. Moreno Valley, CA 92553
Phone:1 (951) 571-4200 Badger Springs Middle School sits about 8 miles from March ARB’s front gate. The middle school enrolls more than 1,200 sixth- through eighth-graders. The students benefit from opportunities to join AVID Scholars Club, ASB, clubs centered on creative writing, Spanish and music, or to participate in science fairs.
2. Lakeside Middle School
District:Val Verde Unified School District 27720 Walnut St. Perris, CA 92571
Phone:1 (951) 443-2440 Students at Lakeside Middle School are met with an array of academic offerings and clubs, from recreational to social. The nearly 1,300 students at the diverse school benefit from a focus on their academic success.
High Schools Near March ARB
1. Moreno Valley High School
District:Moreno Valley Unified School District 23300 Cottonwood Ave. Moreno Valley, CA 92553
Phone:1 (951) 571-4820 Moreno Valley High School, the home of the Vikings, enrolls over 2,300 students. The diverse school offers a variety of clubs (choir, dance, folklorico, journalism and ROTC, to name a few) and athletic programs (baseball, basketball, soccer, cheer, water polo, softball, volleyball, football track and more) to set up students for success.
2. Citrus Hill High School
District:Val Verde Unified School District 18150 Wood Road Perris, CA 92570
Phone:1 (951) 490-0400 Citrus Hill High School is the closest high school to March ARB, with more than 2,000 students in grades nine through 12. The students at Citrus Hill benefit from AP classes and a variety of athletic programs (football, volleyball, cross country, tennis, cheer, wrestling, basketball, baseball, softball and more).
Charter Schools Near March ARBCharter schools are public schools of choice that are tuition-free, serve all students and have open enrollment. There are a number of public charter schools in Riverside County; there are a couple near March ARB. For more information about the charter schools in California, visit the California Department of Education’s website.
Phone:1 (951) 571-7895
Phone:1 (951) 657-0728
Private Schools Near March ARBParents who choose to send their children to a private school near March Air Reserve Base are met with a handful of options. The private schools in the area have a religious affiliation, but they do not skimp on academics. According to Private School Review, these are the largest (and best) private schools in the area.
1. Valley Christian Academy26755 Alessandro Blvd. Moreno Valley, CA 92555
Phone:1 (951) 242-5683 Valley Christian Academy was the first preschool in Moreno Valley when it opened in 1979 and has since grown to serve 140 students in pre-K through eighth grade. The school puts a lot of emphasis on producing well-rounded students with a focus on academics, performing arts and sports.
2. Calvary Chapel Christian School28010 Ironwood Ave. Moreno Valley, CA 92555
Phone:1 (951) 485-6088 Calvary Chapel Christian School offers small class sizes and various educational programs. Students must commit to the school’s Christian standards to attend but do not discriminate based on race or ethnic origin. The co-ed school services nearly 200 students across pre-K through 12th grade.
Daycares Near March ARBLeaving your child in someone else’s care is not an easy decision. When looking for the right daycare facility, reading reviews on sites like Care.com and Yelp and visiting a few options in person when possible is the best way to make a decision about where to send your child. There is free childcare available on base to Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard personnel on UTA weekends.
ConclusionMoving so often can be difficult for you and your children, but ensuring their education is taken care of right away helps alleviate this burden. There are plenty of educational options near March Air Reserve Base to make sure your children’s mental and physical well-being will be well taken care of. Use the above information to help narrow down the choices so you can rest easy and spend your time on something else, like finding new restaurants to try, shopping at the nearby outlets or discovering everything there is to love about living in Southern California.
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