Children during snacktime during a YMCA after school program at Wolf Canyon Elementary School in Chula Vista on Nov. 29, 2022. / Photo by Ariana Drehsler
Children at a YMCA after school program at Wolf Canyon Elementary School in Chula Vista on Nov. 29, 2022. / Photo by Ariana Drehsler

Voice of San Diego’s fifth edition of the Parent’s Guide to San Diego Schools is here! 

The annual publication is our comprehensive guide to schools in San Diego, with tools to help parents make the best choice for their child. 

The guide breaks down school choice opportunities and enrollment deadlines, universal transitional kindergarten, what’s available for after-school care, school performance data in an easy-to-use format and much more. 

2023 Parent’s Guide to San Diego Schools

Get your copy here: The magazine is at most San Diego libraries. You can also get it from one of our community distribution partners. For locations click here. If you want the guide delivered to your inbox. Sign up here. 

All the stories are available on our website, you can read those here and explore the data. (Puede leer la Guía de Escuelas para Padres en español aquí.

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    1. Homeschool is the way to go. I know some parents that can manage and just choose themselves, but for parents that actually cannot; there are many options like co-ops and homeschools that accept other students. They have to register differently to have background checks, safety plans, etc. If you look into homeschool for CA on the dept of Edu website.

      They also are *supposed* to have funding for homeschoolers but you have to fight to get it apparently. I didn’t bother trying, we have budgeted for it. Many free resources out there. Also if your child plays sports, engages in band etc it’s possible they can get funding through the school for school materials.

      Otherwise Charter schools are at least better than public, though still many redundant and restricting policies. They offer some funding and some freedom/guidance.

      Honestly most people can manage without it though. Good luck!

      1. The school district* is supposed to provide funding to select homeschoolers. I didn’t make that clear!

  1. Here’s your guide;
    Homeschool your children. There are even co-ops for single parents who just can’t manage it. It’s the best option for most children. For homeschool children can get funding if they participate in public school sports etc. If you fight the district they also are supposed to have some funding available FOR homeschool students.

    Otherwise there are grants and scholarships for private schools. In the least, use a Charter school. Though most seem to be lacking as well these days.

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