The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce makes education a top priority and we believe that community collaboration is the defining element of a quality public education system. Our Education Foundation provides classroom and scholarship grants and we hold an annual education event in November of each year recognizing top teachers and staff.
School Districts Boundary Map
Residents of Oceanside may attend schools in the Oceanside Unified School District, Vista Unified School District, Bonsall Union School District, or Carlsbad Unified School District, depending on their address.
OCEANSIDE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
The Oceanside Unified School District is one of 42 public school districts in San Diego County. The district consists of 23 school sites – 16 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, 2 comprehensive high schools (Oceanside High School and El Camino High School) and one alternative high school. OUSD is home to nearly 21,000 students in the Oceanside community.
The diverse student population includes about 4,000 students from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. The district’s three largest student populations include Hispanic students (55%), Caucasian (27%) and African American students (8%).
OUSD employs nearly 3,100 individuals, with nearly 1,900 employees falling under the category of certificated personnel (teachers and administrators). Geographically, the district covers roughly 66 square miles in the north county.
The mission of the OUSD is to ensure that every student graduates and has the ability to succeed in the global community. The preliminary general operating fund budget for the 2008-09 school year is $168 million, and the per pupil expenditure is $8,200.
In June 2008, Oceanside voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition H (71%), a $195 million school bond measure. The monies generated from this bond will allow the district to continue the modernization process for 16 campuses, a renovation program that began with the passing of Proposition G (69%) in 2000, a $125 million measure.
OUSD is committed to providing a rigorous curriculum and enriching extracurricular activities to help guide our students to bright futures. The district offers a number of challenging programs at the elementary and secondary levels. For more information on the OUSD, please call (760) 966-4000 or log on to www.oside.k12.ca.us.
Total population age
25 and older 105,357 100%
Less than 9th grade 10,026 9.52%
High school, no diploma 10,128 9.61%
High school grad 23,509 22.31%
Some college 29,917 28.40%
Associate degree 8,617 8.18%
Bachelor’s degree 15,551 14.76%
Master’s degree 4,917 4.67%
Professional degree 1,770 1.68%
Doctorate degree 922 .88%
Source: Claritas 2007/Sandag//Ca Dept of Finance/
US Factfinder (January, 2008)
VISTA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Vista Unified School District encompasses 38.7 square miles, including the City of Vista, and portions of the cities of Oceanside, San Marcos, Carlsbad, as well as some unincorporated portions of San Diego County.
Vista Unified School District (VUSD) has 31 schools, serving more than 23,280 students. Of that total, 6,537 students (or 28%) live in the City of Oceanside. The Oceanside portion of VUSD includes 3,070 elementary students, 1,495 middle school students and 1,972 high school students.
The district includes 17 elementary schools, five middle schools, two large comprehensive high schools, two continuation high schools for students at risk, three alternative education schools, two schools for the physically challenged (one elementary and one secondary), and 3 charter schools. Two of the elementary schools are magnet schools, one focuses on science, math and technology and the other has an emphasis on the visual and performing arts. One middle school is a magnet school and focuses on technology, science and math.
MiraCosta College, one of California’s comprehensive, public two-year community colleges, has served the coastal area of North County for more than 75 years. MiraCosta offers a strong university transfer program, including transfer admission guarantees. The college also offers career training through a variety of certificate programs ranging from one semester to two years in subjects including automotive technology, multimedia, computer technology, licensed vocational nursing, biotechnology, child care, horticulture, real estate, radiation protection technology, recording arts and others. The college hosts a wide array of events including art exhibits, dance performances, theatrical productions, international films, lectures and more. Ticket prices range from $8-$20, and many events are free. MiraCosta’s locations include the Oceanside Campus on Barnard Drive; the San Elijo Campus on Manchester Avenue in Cardiff; and the Community Learning Center on Mission Avenue in Oceanside, which houses the college’s noncredit programs. To receive a schedule of credit classes, a bulletin of noncredit classes, or the current arts brochure, call (760) 795-6615. Ticket information for college events, call the MiraCosta College Box Office at (760) 795-6815, or visit the college’s Web site at www.miracosta.edu.
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY SAN MARCOS
Founded in 1989, California State University San Marcos opened its doors to students in the fall of 1990. It is the first of a new generation of Cal State Universities. More than 9,100 students currently attend the 304-acre campus, located in the foothills of northern San Diego County, just a short distance from some of Southern California’s best beaches and an hour from the U.S.-Mexico Border. Cal State San Marcos is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
The University is composed of three colleges and a school of nursing with percentages of enrollments as follows:
College of Arts and Sciences 57.43%
College of Business Administration 22.67%
College of Education 8.65%
School of Nursing 5.76%