April 23, 2024
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond.

San Diego County is dwelling to greater than half of the 44 Californian colleges designated as 2024 Purple Star Colleges, that are dedicated to fulfill the wants of military-connected college students and their households, it was introduced Wednesday.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond launched the checklist of colleges within the Purple Star Colleges program, which is now in its third yr.

A complete of 23 colleges in San Diego County had been honored by the commendation.

“By embracing and enhancing companies for military-connected college students and their households, these colleges exemplify our dedication to inclusivity, understanding and excellence in schooling,” Thurmond mentioned in a press release. “Their efforts not solely enrich the academic expertise but additionally foster a way of belonging and appreciation for our navy neighborhood.”

The San Diego County colleges honored by Thurmond are:

— Bonsall Unified College District’s Bonsall Elementary, Bonsall Excessive, Bonsall West Elementary, Norman L. Sullivan Center and Vivian Banks Constitution;

— Chula Vista Elementary College District’s Corky McMillin Elementary;

— Fallbrook Union Elementary College District’s Fallbrook STEM Academy, James E. Potter Intermediate, La Paloma Elementary, Dwell Oak Elementary, Maie Ellis Elementary, Mary Fay Pendleton Elementary and William H. Frazier Elementary;

— Oceanside Unified College District’s North Terrace Elementary, Oceanside Excessive and Stuart Mesa Elementary;

— Poway Unified College District’s Bernardo Heights Center; and

— San Diego Unified College District’s De Portola Center, Hickman Elementary, Jones Elementary, Perry Elementary, Vista Grande Elementary and Walker Elementary.

In 2022, California had 242,624 active-duty service members and people serving within the Nationwide Guard and Reserves.

Army-connected college students should transfer every time their active-duty mother or father or guardian receives a relocation order. These required relocations imply {that a} military-connected youngster can anticipate to vary colleges between six and 9 instances from grades Ok-12, 3 times extra usually than non-military-connected kids, in keeping with Thurmond’s workplace.

“As military-connected college students transition between colleges — usually to completely different states and international locations — they need to adapt to various cultures, college populations, curricula, requirements, course choices, schedules and commencement necessities,” the assertion reads. “In consequence, military- linked college students usually face distinctive tutorial and social-emotional challenges and battle to remain on monitor to be college- and career-ready.”

–Metropolis Information Service