By MyBaseGuide Staff Member

San Diego County has more than 40 independent school districts that provide educational programs for elementary and secondary school children. Each school system 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.

In San Diego County, there are three types of school districts: elementary, high school and unified. Unified districts contain both elementary and secondary grades. All school districts offer basic education programs, as well as special programs and services.

Contact with an individual school district is the best way to learn about school calendars, facilities, curriculum, graduation requirements, extracurricular activities and other areas that differ from district to district. For more information, contact the San Diego County Office of Education located at 6401 Linda Vista Road, San Diego, CA 92111, 858-292-3500, or visit www.sdcoe.net. For free, comprehensive resource support and assistance in choosing the best school for you, contact a School Liaison Officer at www.navylifesw.com/sandiego/families/cyp/schoolliaison.

Online Area School Information

San Diego County Office of
Education: www.sdcoe.net

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School Wise Press:

California Education
Data Partnership:

California Association of
Independent Schools:


Military Youth on the Move: http://apps.militaryonesource.mil/MOS/f?p=MYOM:HOME2:0

Military Child Education Coalition:

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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 options 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.sandi.net.

Coronado Unified/South Bay

Coronado Unified School District is comprised of roughly 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.

East County

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 the 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 grades 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 grades pre-K through sixth. 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. 




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