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Installation Overview --Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California


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Installation Overview --Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California
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There are five public elementary schools aboard Camp Pendleton. Three of the schools (North Terrace, Santa Margarita, Stuart Mesa) are from the Oceanside United School District and offer classes K-5. The other two schools (Mary Fay Pendleton, San Onofre) are from the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District offering K-6 and K-8 respectively.

North Terrace Elementary School serves students fromWireMountain PublicQuarters #1 and SouthMesa. Contact themat (760) 757-4343. Santa Margarita Elementary School serves students fromWire Mountain Public Quarters #2, part of PaciUc View housing and South Mesa East. Contact them at (760) 430-7110. Stuart Mesa Elementary School serves students from the Stuart Mesa housing area. Contact them at (760) 430-3331.

San Onofre Elementary School serves the San Onofre housing area and Trailer Park. Contact them at (760) 723-7085. Mary Faye Pendleton Elementary School serves the De Luz Housing, O’Neill Heights housing, San Luis Rey housing, Naval Weapons Station, and the Naval Regional Medical Center area. Contact them at (760) 723-7080. To register a student, the parents must deliver the child’s immunization record, birth certifucate and transcript, or previous school address, to the school the child will be attending. Call the Base Housing Office for more information on the appropriate school for your area or contact the Base School Liaison at (760) 725-6513.

The Fallbrook Union Elementary School District wants all on-base families interested in home schooling to be aware that a Home Schooling Facility is available at Mary Faye Pendleton school on base. This Home Schooling program runs for grades K-8 and children from all on-base family housing areas are eligible to enroll. Any student on Camp Pendleton, in San Diego County or Riverside County can join with an interdistrict transfer. A child does not have to live within the district's normal attendance boundaries.

Five accredited colleges operate on-base programs including: Central Michigan University, Central Texas College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Palomar College, and Park University. Courses and degrees are available from the certificate level through the graduate level. Classes are offered throughout the installation normally on accelerated term schedules. Advisement and financial aid information is available through the schools. A full-range testing program is available to base personnel and others associated with the base through the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Program and College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Tests include credit by examination, ACT, and SAT certification examinations, and more. Independent study courses are offered through catalogs and include more than 100 institutions throughout the United States. Most courses may be applied toward degrees.

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