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San Diego North County School Districts
School in CA is not legally required until age 6 by Sept. 1 of a school year: 1st Grade!
TK & Kinder are optional
Dual Language Immersion Offered
Bus Transportation Offered to All
Offers S.T.E.M. school
Offers weekly art
North County Coastal
Established in 1913, Cardiff School District is coastal and consists of 2 award winning elementary schools. It is one of the smallest districts in the county. Cardiff School is K-2 with 285 students. Ada Harris is grades 3-6 with 370 students. Students move on to San Dieguito Union High School District SDUHSD for grades 7-12 where they combine with elementary students from Del Mar, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, and Solana Beach district students. Cardiff is a basic aid district/ property tax funded. You need to live in the boundaries to attend one of these schools.
Dating back to 1958, the Carlsbad District now has 10 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 2 high schools. The district has the only K-12 district STEM path option: Calavera Elementary, Calavera Middle, and Sage Creek High School. 1 school offers International Baccalaureate (IB). Calavera Hills schools offer youth theatre starting 3rd grade. Carlsbad Education Foundation funds Robotics First LEGO League to all 2nd graders at all schools. CUSD offers High School Choice so you don't need to attend the HS you're zoned for. TK-8 also offers choice, on a space available basis, although many schools are full/impacted. This district does not have a dual language program.
Created in 1906, the Del Mar district consists of 8 K-6 schools. They also offer an infant through Pre-K Early Childhood Development Center program, for a fee, at 3 locations. Art is weekly at all schools. They have dedicated STEAM+ art, science, tech, PE teachers who have their own classrooms and are seen by the students weekly. Students move on to San Dieguito Union High School District SDUHSD for grades 7-12 where they combine with elementary students from Cardiff, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, and Solana Beach district students. Del Mar is a basic aid district/ property tax funded. You must live in the district to attend.
The district is comprised of 9 K-6 schools with a total of about 5,400 students. They offer 2 dual language immersion schools, 1 International Baccalaureate (IB)School, a STEAM school. One thing that sets Encinitas apart from other districts is their Farm Lab & DREAMS campus. Art offerings vary by school. Some have dedicated art classrooms/teacher while others have a parent volunteer. Students move on to San Dieguito Union High School District SDUHSD for grades 7-12 where they combine with elementary students from Cardiff, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, and Solana Beach district students. Encinitas is a basic aid district/ property tax funded. You need to live in the district to attend. However, Encinitas is the only district in north county that sometimes participates in the District of Choice program so this is the one way to get in from outside the district.
The most northern coastal district in the county, Oceanside Unified with 17,600 students has 22 schools: 12 elementary, 3 K-8, 4 middle schools, 2 high schools, and 1 adult transition program for ages 18-22. Oceanside has early start and late start elementary schools. They swap every 5 years. 2 elementary schools are dual language immersion, Palmquist Elementary and Lincoln Middle Schools are the district STEM schools. State preschools (income eligible) at 4 schools. Surfside Educational Academy offers distance learning & homeschool for all K-12. They offered homeschool before COVID and have a blended learning option with days onsite. Some OUSD schools are uniform wearing schools. OUSD accepts transfers from other districts. Only Oceanside HS students that live on Camp Pendleton can buy a bus pass for a fee. Bus transportation is offered to eligible special education students.
SDUHSD is grades 7-12 and comprised of students from 5 elementary districts: Cardiff, Del Mar, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, and Solana Beach. There are 5 middle schools and 4 high schools. SDUHSD offers high school choice. 2 high schools are boundary schools and 2 are academies. Canyon Crest Academy is ranked the #1 best public high school in California and #30 in America for 2021 by Niche. Torrey Pines HS includes Del Mar, Solana Beach, and most of Rancho Santa Fe Districts,. La Costa Canyon HS includes Cardiff, Encinitas and parts of RSF district. Academies are by application and lottery, if needed.
The district has 7 K-6 elementary schools. They also offer full time child development center for 18 months through Pre-K, for a fee. 1 school is a dual language immersion school. One thing that sets this district apart is their Global Education program, offering multi-age classrooms, history focus, and bilingual immersion option. Art is every other week at all schools. It's part of Discovery Labs which include Media Center, Tech, Music, Art, STREAM, and PE. It's all funded by their foundation. Students move on to San Dieguito Union High School District SDUHSD for grades 7-12 where they combine with elementary students from Cardiff, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, and Solana Beach district students. This is a basic aid district/ property tax funded. You need to live in the district to attend.
North County Inland
Bonsall is a small inland district with 5 schools: 2 elementary, 1 middle, 1 high school, and 1 charter school on the grounds of Pala Mission. The charter is a boundary school. Students from other districts would need to request an inter-district transfer as it's not open to all, like other charters. There are approximately 2400 students in the district. Bus transportation offered.
Escondido is a very large elementary school district in inland North County. They have 17 elementary schools, 1 intermediate school, 5 middle schools. They also offer homeschool, which was offered prior to COVID. With homeschool, students have optional weekly onsite workshops and monthly field trips. The intermediate school for grades 4-8 is a specialty STEAM school and runs by lottery. Del Dios Academy of Arts & Sciences is a specialty middle school where students can choose a STEM or VAPA path. 4 district schools are dual language. The district offers state preschools for those who meet the income eligibility. Each school website has a highlight video.
EUHSD has 3 comprehensive high schools, 1 specialty school, 1 continuation high school, and 1 adult school. A total of 7,257 students across all schools in 2019-2020. Del Lago Academy is the specialty school and the smallest high school in population. It is a lottery to get in. An independent study option is available to students at the 3 comprehensive high school
With approximately 4700 students in TK-8, 6 schools are in Fallbrook and 2 are on Camp Pendleton. The base schools are TK-6 and a K-8 school. The Fallbrook elementary schools are one TK-6 and three K-6, one Junior High that is 7-8. This district also has a K-6 STEM magnet school only for in district students to apply to. They offer a hybrid homeschool academy. They also have an alternative leadership academy for grades 7-8 for those with academic or behavioral challenges who didn't fit in the traditional junior high.
FUHSD has 1 comprehensive high school, 1 independent study/ homeschool high school, and 1 continuation high school. This district offers school bus transportation
Poway is a huge district, just north east of San Diego Unified. It has 25 elementary schools, 1 TK-8 lab school, 6 middle schools, 5 high schools, 1 continuation high school, 1 adult school, and an independent study/ homeschool option for all grades. They offer preschool, both a state funded program option with income eligibility and another option that is tuition based. Highlights in this district are 2 dual language elementary schools: one spanish and one mandarin, Design 39 Lab school run by lottery has ability to advance in certain subjects with multi-age classroom opportunity. Poway virtual classes for all secondary students, no matter what program you're in. Two academy middle school programs by lottery with extended days and year. GATE students who choose an Academy cannot also do GATE. Bus Transportation is offered for a fee.
Ramona is quite inland (east of Poway) and has 5 elementary schools, 1 middle school,1 high school, 1 continuation high school, 1 adult school, 1 TK-6 multi-age Montessori school run by lottery, and 1 K-12 Independent Study/ Homeschool Academy with hybrid onsite options. Bus transportation offered.
This is a 1 school district K-8. Art is offered weekly and in a dedicated classroom. Students move on to San Dieguito Union High School District SDUHSD for grades 9-12 where they combine with elementary students from Cardiff, Del Mar Encinitas, and Solana Beach district students. It is a basic aid district/ property tax funded. You need to live in the district to enroll.
A large district with 10 elementary schools, 2 K-8 schools, 3 middle schools, 2 comprehensive high schools, 1 continuation high school, 1 independent study high school. Some highlights include a Spanish dual immersion elementary school and an international baccalaureate K-8 school. Music is district funded and should be weekly at all schools. Joli-Ann Elementary receives a generous donation and has a rich music program and partners with the music museum. Double Peak K-8 offers music lessons 2 times a week, starting in TK. La Costa Meadows offers free after school choir. Art offering varies by school. Some elementary schools have a dedicated art teacher/classroom and go weekly while others rotate with other programs like science garden or drama so it's not every week of the year. Other schools have art once a month in their classroom with a parent volunteer. The district also offers an adult school and adult transition program for ages 18-22. Bus service for special education students only.
A one school district through 8th grade. Less than 600 students. Students move on to Escondido Union High School District for 9-12. Kids Club before & after care program for grades TK-8, for a fee.
A one school district, preschool through 8th grade in Rainbow, CA. The last city before entering Riverside County.
This district, east of the 15, has 1 TK-2 school, 1 3-5 school, 1 TK-5 elementary school, 1TK-8 school, 1 middle school, 1 high school, 1 continuation high school. Additionally, Valley Center Prep is an accredited K-12 Independent study school. 3 elementary schools and 1 middle school are dual language immersion. This district offers school bus transportation.
A large district that offers 16 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, 3 high schools, 1 grade 6-12 independent study academy with hybrid onsite days, 2 continuation high schools. The district has 5 magnet schools elementary through high school, including Science, Technology Engineering Math(STEM) and Visual & Performing Arts(VAPA) options that are run by lottery and accept students from outside the district as well. 2 dual language immersion schools: Grapevine Elementary & Alamosa Park Elementary. Empresa Elementary has 50% transfer students for their amazing performing arts program. Art is weekly at every elementary school. Roosevelt MS has an Artful Learning program. State income eligible preschool is offered. Bus Transportation offered free to students at select schools and who reside further than 1.5-2 miles from school
North County Mountains
The district covers 618.6 square miles and has just 1 elementary school and 1 junior high school, with a total of 273 students. Students move on to Julian Union HS district for grades 9-12. Buses are offered to all students.
Small district with 1 high school of about 100 students. Offers bus transportation. 80% of graduates attend 2 or 4 year college, 15% go to a trade or vocational school, and 5% enlist in the military. Saturday school is offered twice a month.
A very small K-8 district with 45 students. Located at the base of Vulcan Mountain and 4 miles from Julian. Classes are held in Ritchie Hall and Old Schoolhouse. Multi-age classrooms. 1 teacher for every 8 students. School hours are 8am-2:30pm. Thursday ends at 12pm. Annual 3 month Shakespeare program.
A small preschool through 12th grade district with approximately 200 students. All grades are on the same campus site. The preschool is a bilingual early learning program.
APRIL 2021 NEWS
California Mathematics Framework has been revised to remove honors and advanced math paths in middle school and putting all students in a common pathway. 9th and 10th grade will also be a common pathway where students can only branch out starting in 11th grade. If this concerns you, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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