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 K-12 student education. The SLO’s primary function is to serve as a conduit between parents, educators and the command so that military-connected children experience a seamless transition during the transfer between schools. The SLOs can offer information on area schools and help facilitate communication between the military family on matters relating to regional public and private schools as well as home school and alternative modes of education.
The SLO provides information and resources for military families on internal organizations including, but not limited to, Fleet & Family Support Programs (FFSP), Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP), Child & Youth Program (CYP) activities as well as some external organizations, such as but not limited to, the Armed Services YMCA, Military Family Collaborative, and Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. They also serve as a subject matter expert in education-related issues such as the Interstate Compact for Military Children, Department of Education, local school districts and other education related organizations.
SLOs level the playing field for military children by ensuring maximum educational opportunities for academic success. 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. Visit www.navylifesw.com/slo for more information or review the following Navy installation SLOs’ area of responsibility.
Navy School Liaison Officers in San Diego County
Navy Region Southwest 619-532-1034
Naval Base Coronado
Serving: Coronado, South Bay,
Imperial Beach, San Ysidro 619-991-2509
Naval Base Point Loma
Serving: Coastal area west of Interstate 5 619-553-8290
Naval Base San Diego
Serving: Murphy Canyon, Downtown, Naval Medical Center 858-349-7678
Naval Base San Diego and Naval Air Facility El Centro
Serving: East County, Lemon Grove, Chula Vista, Santee, El Centro 619-247-9082
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.
The San Diego County Office of Education is at 6401 Linda Vista Road, San Diego, CA 92111. Its website, www.sdcoe.net, provides an overview of services and resources for the 42 independent school districts. Contacting an individual school district is the best way to learn about school calendars, facilities, curriculum, graduation requirements, extracurricular activities and other concerns 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 who might not believe 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 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 websites provide 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 also may vary by district and by school site within the same district.
Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission
The goal of the Compact is to replace the widely varying policies affecting transitioning military students. The Compact leverages consistency: It uses a comprehensive approach that provides a consistent policy in every school district and in every state that chooses to join.
The Compact addresses key educational transition issues encountered by military families including enrollment, placement, attendance, eligibility and graduation. Children of active duty members of the uniformed services, National Guard and Reserve on active duty orders, commissioned officers of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Unites States Public Health Service (USPHS), and members or veterans who are medically discharged or retired for one year are eligible for assistance under the Compact.
Contact a School Liaison Officer, or visit www.mic3.net for more information.
Murphy Canyon, 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 the option 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.sandiegounified.org
Coronado Unified, South Bay and Imperial Beach
Coronado Unified School District is comprised of about 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 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 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 pre-K through sixth grade. 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.
Online Area School Information
• San Diego County Office of Education: www.sdcoe.net
• Great Schools: www.greatschools.org
• 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://public.militaryonesource.mil/family-and-relationships/military-youth-on-the-move
• Military Child Education Coalition: www.militarychild.org
• Facebook: www.facebook.com/navy.school.liasion.officer
• Tutor.com: www.tutor.com/military
(free for military families)
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.
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.
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 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 chickenpox, 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. Contact the Operation Hero Program at 858-751-5755 or visit www.asymca.org.
“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. For more information about this program, call 800-711-READ or visit www.sdcoe.net/lls/ccr/lms/pages/everyone-a-reader.aspx.
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 and 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: www.sandiego.gov/public-library
• 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 are 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 to 18 years of age. Check online at www.militarychildcare.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, receive 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, summer vacation and intercession periods. Day camp activities include arts and crafts, sports, games, swimming, field trips, outdoor recreation, cultural programs and special events.
An Open Recreation Program is available for youth 10 to 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 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: www.scholarships4students.com
• United States Department of Veterans Affairs: www.va.gov
• California Student Aid Commission: www.csac.ca.gov
• San Diego Foundation: www.sdfoundation.org/Scholarships.aspx
• DECA Scholarship: www.deca.org/high-school-programs/scholarships
• Navy/Marine Corps ROTCScholarship: www.navy.com/joining/college-options/nrotc.html
• Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation: www.mcsf.org
• Navy League: www.navyleague.org
• Navy Officers’ Spouses’ Club: www.noscsandiego.com/scholarships/guidelines
• Scholarships for Military Children: www.militaryscholar.org