Education | Schools



The public school system in San Diego County serves over 450,000 students. In addition to academic excellence, area schools offer extensive vocational training, special education for the handicapped, remedial studies and programs for children with learning disabilities, special education resources for gifted and exceptionally talented students, career centers, and outstanding educational opportunities for adult continuing studies.

In 2012, The Preuss Middle and High School, UCSD, was named the top charter school in California.

Private and Parochial Schools
San Diego County has over 200 private and parochial schools, ranging from neighborhood preschools to nationally recognized college preparatory academies.

Public School Requirements
Enrollment and transfer requirements for all public school students in California are: birth certificate, last report card and transcripts from previous school, plus proof of immunizations. A child must be 5 years of age on or before December 1 to be eligible for kindergarten.

Day Care
For a referral of state approved family day care providers, contact the YMCA Child Care Resources Service at 800-481-2151 or visit www.ymca.crs.org.

PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS



Central
  • Coronado Unified K-12
    650 D Avenue
    Coronado CA 92118
    619-522-8907
  • Website
  • San Diego Unified K-12
    4100 Normal Street
    San Diego CA 92103-2682
    619-725-8000
  • Website

North County Coastal

  • Cardiff Elementary K-6
    1888 Montgomery Avenue
    Cardiff CA 92007
    760-632-5892
    Website
  • Carlsbad Unified K-12
    6225 El Camino Real
    Carlsbad CA 92009
    760-331-5000
    Website
  • Del Mar Union U.S.D K-12
    11232 El Camino Real
    San Diego CA 92130
    858-755-9301
    Website
  • Encinitas Union K-12
    101 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road
    Encinitas CA 92024
    760-944-4300
    Website
  • Oceanside City Unified K-12
    2111 Mission Avenue
    Oceanside CA 92054
    760-966-4000
    Website
  • Rancho Santa Fe Schools K-8
    5927 La Granada Street
    Rancho Santa Fe CA 92067
    858-756-1141
    Website
  • San Dieguito Union High 7-12
    710 Encinitas Boulevard
    Encinitas CA 92024
    760-753-6491
    Website
  • Solana Beach Schools K-12
    309 N. Rios Avenue
    Solana Beach CA 92075
    858-794-7100
    Website

North County Inland
  • Bonsall Union School K-12
    31555 Old River Road
    Bonsall CA 92003
    760-631-5200
    Website
  • Borrego Springs Unified Pre-12
    2281 Diegueno Road
    Borrego Springs 92004
    760-767-5357
    Website
  • Escondido Union Elementary K-8
    1330 E. Grand Ave Escondido 92027
    760-432-2400
    Website
  • Escondido Union High K-8
    2310 Aldergrove Ave
    Escondido 92029
    760-432-2400
    Website
  • Fallbrook Union Elementary K-8
    321 N. Iowa Street Fallbrook 92028
    760-731-5400
    Website
  • Poway Unified K-8
    15250 Avenue of Science
    Poway CA 92064
    858-521-2800
    Website
  • San Marcos Unified K-12
    255 Pico Ave 250
    San Marcos CA 92069-2952
    760-752-1299
    Website
  • San Pasqual Union K-12
    3300 Bear Valley Pkwy
    Escondido CA 92025
    760-291-6000
    Website
  • Vallecitos K-8
    5211 Fifth Street
    Rainbow CA 92028
    760-728-7092
    Website
  • Valley Center-Pauma Union K-12
    28751 Cole Grade
    Valley Center CA 92082-6599
    760-749-0464
    Website
  • Vista Unified K-12
    1234 Arcadia Avenue
    Vista CA 92084
    760-726-2170
    Website
  • Warner Unified K-12
    30951 Highway 79
    Warner Springs CA 92086
    760-782-3517
    Website

East County
  • Alpine Union K-8
    1323 Administration Way
    Alpine CA 91901
    619-445-3236
    Website
  • Cajon Valley Union K-8
    189 Roanoke Road
    El Cajon CA 92020
    619-588-3000
    Website
  • Dehesa K-6
    4612 Dehesa Road
    El Cajon A 92019
    619-444-2161
    Website
  • Grossmont Union High 9-12
    PO Box 1043
    La Mesa CA 91944
    619-644-8000
    Website
  • Jamul-Dulzura Union K-12
    14581 Lyons Valley Rd
    Jamul CA 91935
    619-669-7700
    Website
  • Julian Union K-8
    PO Box 337
    Julian CA 92036
    760-765-0661
    Website
  • Julian Union High 9-12
    1656 Highway 78
    Julian CA 92036
    760-765-0606
    Website
  • La Mesa-Spring Valley K-8
    4750 Date Avenue
    La Mesa CA 91941
    619-668-5700
    Website
  • Lakeside Union K-12
    12335 Woodside Avenue
    Lakeside CA 92040
    619-390-2600
    Website
  • Lemon Grove School K-12
    8025 Lincoln Street
    Lemon Grove CA 91945
    619-825-5817
    Website
  • Mountain Empire Unified K-12
    3291 Buckman Springs Road
    Pine Valley CA 91962
    619-473-9022
    Website
  • Ramona Unified K-12
    720 Ninth Street
    Ramona CA 92065-2399
    760-787-2000
    Website
  • Santee School K-8
    9625 Cuyamaca Street
    Santee CA 92071
    619-258-2300
    Website
  • Spencer Valley School Elem. K-8
    4414 Hwy 78+79
    Santa Ysabel CA 92070-0159
    760-765-0336
    Website

South County

  • Chula Vista Elementary K-6
    84 East J Street
    Chula Vista CA 91910
    619-425-9600
    Website
  • National School K-6
    1500 N Avenue
    National City CA 91950
    619-336-7500
    Website
  • San Ysidro School K-8
    28751 Cole Grade
    Valley Center CA 92082-6599
    760-749-0464
    Website
  • Sweetwater Union High 7-12
    1130 Fifth Avenue
    Chula Vista 91911-2896
    619-691-5500
    Website

HIGHER EDUCATION

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
The Southern California region has over 100 institutions of higher learning. Nearly 45 per cent of adults in San Diego County over the age of 25 have some college education. One in three has at least a college degree. As a white-collar town, San Diego has comprehensive sources of higher education. The County is home to six universities, 32 colleges, multiple community college districts and 250 post-secondary schools. Over 200,000 persons are currently attending colleges and universities in San Diego.

RESEARCH INSTITUTES
Research and development monies from the federal government are plentiful. As a world-wide hub for the high tech, telecom, biotech and biomed businesses, more than 300 private firms conduct research under government contracts. Currently, five Nobel Prize winners live here. UCSD ranks fifth among all U. S. colleges and universities in attracting federal research grants and first in the University of California system for the amount of federal research dollars spent on R&D. The November, 2009 passage of the $3 billion California Stem Cell Research Initiative had an immediate, positive effect on San Diego. Five hundred local biotech companies, already employing 25,000 people, are conducting research to alleviate human afflictions such as leukemia, juvenile diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. Thousands of scientists will be hired here in the next decade, thereby bringing more white-collar jobs, construction and venture capital.

UNIVERSITIES
  • University of California, San Diego
    9500 Gillman Drive
    La Jolla, CA 92093
    858-534-2230
    Website
  • San Diego State University
    5500 Campanile Drive
    San Diego CA 92182
    619-594-5200
    Website
  • California State University, San Marcos
    333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
    San Marcos CA 92078
    760-750-4000
    Website
  • University of San Diego
    5998 Alcala Park
    San Diego CA 92110
    619-260-4600
    Website

COMMUNITY COLLEGES
  • Cuyamaca College
    900 Rancho San Diego Parkway
    El Cajon CA 92019
    619-660-4000
    Website
  • Grossmont College
    8800 Grossmont College Dr
    El Cajon CA 92020
    619-644-7000
    Website
  • Mira Costa College
    1 Barnard Dr
    Oceanside CA 92056
    760-757-2121
    Website
  • Palomar College
    1140 W. Mission Road
    San Marcos CA 92069
    760-744-1150
    Website
  • San Diego City College
    1313 Park Blvd Street
    San Diego 92101
    619-388-3400
    Website
  • San Diego Mesa College
    7250 Mesa College Drive
    San Diego CA 92111
    619-388-2600
    Website
  • San Diego Miramar College
    10440 Black Mtn. Road
    San Diego CA 92126
    858-536-7800
    Website
  • Southwestern College
    900 Otay Lakes Road
    Chula Vista CA 91910
    619-421-6700
    Website