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Education

Vallejo is a community of lifelong learners and education remains a top priority here. Students from preschool through graduate studies are afforded a number of choices when it comes to receiving a first-rate education near home.

The main public school district in the community is the Vallejo City Unified School District. VCUSD serves approximately 14,500 K-12 students. There are 13 elementary schools, three K-8 schools, three middle schools, two comprehensive high schools, a continuation high school and a community day school.

Students and families can choose from innovative programs, stemming from Dual Immersion, Health and Fitness and Expeditionary Learning in our K-8 schools; Science and Technology programs in our middle schools and 9th grade Learning Communities and Career Academies in our high schools. The vision of the district is to have all students graduate from high school prepared for career and college. The VCUSD Governing Board has adopted the UC/CSU requirements as graduation requirements.

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Additionally, students have opportunities to participate in extensive child development/preschool programs, special education, gifted and talented programs, support for English language learners, Advanced Placement courses, a school-to-career transition program, after-school programs, clubs and sports, independent study/home-based study option and an extensive music program. In addition, VCUSD operates the Vallejo Adult School, which offers free classes to approximately 3,000 adults each year. Among the adult programs are English as a Second Language, GED and diploma, parenting resources, job and career training and classes designed for seniors.

For more information on the VCUSD go to www.vallejo.k12.ca.us or call 707-556-892.

VCUSD is an outstanding choice for K-12 students, but it is not the only option in Vallejo learning community. The Mare Island Technology Academy is a public charter school chartered by VCUSD. MIT Academy is split into two schools, middle school and high school, each enrolling approximately 390 students. The rigorous curriculum includes core academic courses, Spanish instruction and a variety of technology applications, as well as opportunities for students to take advantage of college courses and an excellent after-school program.

Vallejo students and their parents have also been blessed with several outstanding private and parochial school opportunities. Among the favorites in town are: St. Basil the Great, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Vincent Ferrer and Starting Gate School for elementary (K-8) students and St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School – a highly accredited high school offering a full academic curriculum, full sports program and leadership training for students.

Post-secondary opportunities are readily available to graduating high school seniors and adult learners in Vallejo. Many choose to enroll at Solano Community College Vallejo Center, a state-of-the-art campus offering a range of programs, including two-year associate’s degree programs, transfer education, career training, fast-track education programs and noncredit personal enrichment courses.

Vallejo also hosts the only degree-granting maritime academy on the West Coast. The California Maritime Academy offers bachelor’s degrees in a variety of maritime-related areas, along with options for continuing education, training and research. Uniquely, students gain hands-on experience both on campus and on the school’s 500-foot training ship Golden Bear, a floating classroom and laboratory.

Additionally, graduate students looking to pursue a doctoral or master’s degree in health sciences, medicine, pharmacy or education are fortunate to be served by Touro University-California, ideally located in the Mare Island complex. This campus is a division of Touro College, a Jewish sponsored, not-for-profit, independent higher education system.

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