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In Kings and Fresno Counties

NAS Lemoore Education and Academics in Kings and Fresno Counties

 

Finding the right schools and educational opportunities for each family member is an important part of any move. This chapter outlines Kings and Fresno counties’ 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 at least 5 years old by Sept. 1 of the school year. Those wishing to register their child in school should bring the following to the school office: a birth certificate or other proof of the child’s age and the child’s previous school records and immunization records. For more details on California’s minimum vaccine requirements for students in grades K-12, please visit the California Department of Education’s website at www.cde.ca.gov. Check with the school for additional requirements.

In 2010, California, along with the majority of 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 though California has state standards across the full curriculum. For more information, visit www.corestandards.org.

CHARTER SCHOOLS

Charter schools are public schools of choice that are tuition-free, serve all students and have open enrollment. For more information or a list of charter schools in California, visit the California Department of Education’s website at www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cs.

HOME SCHOOLING

For an introduction to home schooling in California, visit the California Department of Education’s website at www.cde.ca.gov/sp/ps/homeschool.asp. Here you will find information on home-school rules and regulations, curriculum frameworks and more.

California Homeschool Network

2166 W. Broadway, No. 266 Anaheim, CA 92804........................800-327-5339

www.californiahomeschool.net 

The California Homeschool Network monitors and responds to legislation that may pose a threat to home schooling. The network also informs and empowers home schooling families, educates the public and fosters community among home educators in the state of California. Visit the network’s website for resources, support groups, events and more.

HomeSchool Association of California

P.O. Box 77873 Corona, CA 92877............................................888-472-4440

www.hsc.org 

The HomeSchool Association of California helps those who are new to home schooling connect with parents who are experienced home-schoolers. The association has information about resources and support groups along with in-depth legal information.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

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 very 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 to learn about a school district’s 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 liked 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.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Kings and Fresno counties are home to 45 school districts. For a full listing of school districts in Kings County, visit the Kings County Office of Education website at www.kings.k12.ca.us and select “Kings County School Directory” from the “Kings County Office of Ed” drop-down menu. The website has links to each district, which can provide information on individual schools and enrollment. The website also has information on education services like after-school programs and the county’s preschool program. For a full listing of Fresno County school districts, visit the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools website at https://fcoe.org and select “Districts.”

Universities/Higher Education

NAS Lemoore Education and Academics Universities Higher Education

 

Kings and Fresno counties offer plenty of opportunity for continuing education. Four universities are represented on station — Brandman University, Columbia College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and West Hills College — offering undergraduate and graduate programs. Use the following contact information to start your search for the school that is right for you.

Brandman University

325 Mall Drive Hanford, CA 93230............................................................800-746-0082

Building 824, Suite 101, Hancock Circle NAS Lemoore, CA 93246.................559-998-6891

www.brandman.edu 

Brightwood College

44 Shaw Ave. Clovis, CA 93612..............................................................559-325-5100

www.brightwood.edu/locations/fresno-ca 

California Christian College

5364 E. Belmont Ave. Fresno, CA 93727.................................................559-251-4215

www.calchristiancollege.edu 

California Health Sciences University

120 N. Clovis Ave. Clovis, CA 93612......................................................559-325-3600

https://chsu.org 

California State University, Fresno

5241 N. Maple Ave. Fresno, CA 93740...................................................559-278-4240

www.csufresno.edu 

Clovis Community College

10309 N. Willow Ridge Court Fresno, CA 93730......................................559-325-5200

www.cloviscollege.edu 

College of the Sequoias Hanford Educational Center

925 13th Ave. Hanford, CA 93230........................................................559-583-2500

www.cos.edu/Hanford 

Columbia College

Building 826, Hancock Circle NAS Lemoore, CA 93246............................559-998-8570

www.ccis.edu/nationwide/lemoore.aspx 

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

824 Hancock Circle, Room 103 NAS Lemoore, CA 93246........................559-998-6026

https://erau.edu 

Fresno City College

1101 E. University Ave. Fresno, CA 93741.............................................559-442-4600

www.fresnocitycollege.edu 

Fresno Pacific University

5 River Park Place W., Suite 303 Fresno, CA 93720................................559-573-7800

1717 S. Chestnut Ave. Fresno, CA 93702..............................................559-453-2000

www.fresno.edu 

Reedley College

995 N. Reed Ave. Reedley, CA 93654....................................................559-638-0300

www.reedleycollege.edu 

San Joaquin College of Law

901 Fifth St. Clovis, CA 93612.............................................................559-323-2100

www.sjcl.edu 

San Joaquin Valley College

295 E. Sierra Ave. Fresno, CA 93710....................................................559-448-8282

4985 E. Andersen Ave. Fresno, CA 93727.............................................559-453-0123

215 W. Seventh St. Hanford, CA 93230................................................559-584-8840

www.sjvc.edu 

UEI Vocational & Trade School

3602 N. Blackstone Ave., Suite 0268 Fresno, CA 93726.........................559-761-1442

www.uei.edu/trade-school-programs/ca/fresno 

West Hills College

9900 Cody St. Coalinga, CA 93210.....................................................559-934-2100

1511 Ninth St. Firebaugh, CA 93622...................................................559-934-2977

555 College Ave. Lemoore, CA 93245.................................................559-925-3000

824 Hancock Circle, Suite 101 NAS Lemoore, CA 93245........................559-925-3350

www.westhillscollege.com 

 

Libraries

NAS Lemoore Education and Academics Libraries

 

Public libraries in Kings and Fresno counties offer learning, recreation, distance education, internet connections and other resources for users — all for free. In addition, school libraries that support the curriculum and offer internet access and other resources are in most public and private schools, and academic and special libraries are found in colleges and universities. The California State Library, www.library.ca.gov, supports libraries in the state with resources, interlibrary loan and other assistance.

Residents can enjoy and make use of more than 45 public libraries in Kings and Fresno counties. Get information about services, hours and events by visiting the branches’ websites. For a full list of libraries in each county, visit the following library system websites.

Kings County Library

401 N. Douty St. Hanford, CA 93230.................................559-582-0261

www.kingscountylibrary.org 

The Kings County Library is a member of the San Joaquin Valley Library System, a cooperative network of 10 public library jurisdictions in the counties of Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced and Tulare. It is also a member of the Heartland Regional Library Network of the Library of California. Kings County Library has seven branches.

Fresno County Public Library

2420 Mariposa St. Fresno, CA 93721.................................559-600-7323

www.fresnolibrary.org 

The Fresno County Public Library provides collections and services through its Central Resource Library and 34 branches. It is also part of the San Joaquin Valley Library System.

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