San Luis Obispo County Schools

Written by Sarah Provost
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From preschool to graduate school, San Luis Obispo County offers all the educational opportunities you and your family might desire. The county's ten public school districts pride themselves on meeting the needs of every student. To this end, in addition to their regular primary, elementary and secondary school programs, they offer a variety of specialized areas of instruction.

El Chorro Outdoor School

One very interesting resource for elementary students is the El Chorro Outdoor School. Student in grades K-4 may attend two-hour day programs and students in grades 5 and 6 may attend residential programs lasting from two to five days. Hands-on experiences help students understand a range of scientific and ecological topics, such as geology, astronomy and marine studies.

Alternative education and special education are also well served. There are several alternatives for at-risk students, including the Grizzly Youth Academy, a completely voluntary program that helps students learn self-discipline. Special education programs are available in all districts. Camp Hapitok provides the opportunity for children with speech, language and hearing difficulties to develop communication and social skills in a summer camp environment.

Adults, too, have excellent educational opportunities. Cuesta Community College has three campuses and also offers online courses, leading to certification and degrees in such varied subjects as nursing, welding, geology, hospitality and drama. Cal Poly offers a complete range of undergraduate degrees, and graduate programs not only in technical fields such as aerospace engineering and computer science, but also in fields such as education, architecture, and public policy.

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