Julian D. Crocker, County Superintendent of Schools
Julian D. Crocker

Message from the Superintendent

Welcome to the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education. I hope that this website helps you to find useful information about the public schools in San Luis Obispo County.

The County Office of Education is administered by the County Superintendent of Schools which is a locally elected position established in the California State Constitution. Although the specific programs and services of the County Office of Education have evolved to meet the needs of the state and our high need students, the primary role is to promote student success by supporting the work of our ten local school districts, by providing specialized instruction to low-incidence populations; and providing countywide leadership and advocacy for the needs of all children. Our office is the intermediate link between the California State Department of Education and local school districts.

Support for Districts – Our County has over 34,000 students enrolled in over 75 schools in the 10 school districts in the county. Our schools stretch from Nipomo to Parkfield and from the Lucia Mar Unified School District with over 10,000 students to the Pleasant Valley Joint Union Elementary School District with 125 students. The County Office of Education provides academic and financial support and assistance regardless of district size. We serve as a source of information and we provide a variety of professional development and training opportunities for both the teaching and non-teaching staff in the county. We also provide assistance to all districts to maintain fiscal solvency and have statutory authority to exercise fiscal oversight for districts.

Specialized Student Services – We provide instruction to approximately 600 students in a variety of classrooms and centers for high need students. The needs of these students range from students with severe educational disabilities to students who are at high risk of dropping out of school. We also operate 15 California State Preschool classes as well as the Rancho El Chorro Environmental Education Center and Outdoor School.

Countywide Leadership and Advocacy – Our office serves as a focal point for community education about our schools. We are able to provide a county-wide perspective on educational issues that might arise locally or at the state and national level. Our office is also in a position to mobilize local interests on behalf of providing a quality education for all students.

I sincerely hope that this website meets your needs.

Hands-On Heroes & Champions of Youth Awards

Hands-On Heroes & Champions of Youth Awards Dinner
Thursday, April 3rd at Embassy Suites

Recognizing members of our community whose outstanding contributions make a positive difference in the lives of our children, each and every day! The evening includes a new youth award and a performance by the Central Coast Children’s Choir! Click here to see the 2014 Hands-on Heroes and Champions of Youth winners!

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Wear Blue Day- Friday, April 4th!

Wear your blue suede shoes or anything else blue to help raise awareness of child abuse and the critical role that family-strengthening organizations play in preventing it. Be part of this national movement for kids, and don’t forget to post a photo of you and your family, friends and colleagues wearing your true blue attire on Facebook and Twitter all month long using #wearblue4kids! Click here for more details at California Family Resource Association!

Children’s Day in the Plaza

April is the Month of the Child, as proclaimed by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors.
Children’s Day in the Plaza – Saturday, April 12th (Day of the Child)
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Mission Plaza – Downtown San Luis Obispo

More than 50 community resource agencies, vendors and exhibitors across SLO County will be on site for this fun, family tradition that includes a variety of entertainment, activities and giveaways. This year, First 5, California’s Hands-On Health Express will be there! – where children can participate in interactive games and win prizes while parents learn about health services, school readiness, nutrition programs and other available resources in SLO County. Click here for more information about Children’s Day in the Plaza!

LOMS - 2014 State Student Technology Showcase

2014 State Student Technology Showcase

On March 22 in Palm Springs, a team from Los Osos Middle School represented San Luis Obispo County at the 2014 State Student Technology Showcase. The team is part of the 6th Grade STEAM Program. Their project was a Social Studies Game Board and Advertising Project which used Google Apps for Education, Audacity, Video Production and Scratch Programing. Abigail Burrus (top left), Brenna Hixon, Maya Cabrinha (bottom left) Grace Shelley. Click link to see video of the project: LOMS - 2014 State Student Technology Showcase

Main Office at Night

San Luis Obispo County Office of Education at night

Located at 3350 Education Drive in San Luis Obispo the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education serves as.....

Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School

Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School

Tucked away in the hills above San Luis Obispo is Rancho El Chorro Outdoor School, a natural preserve, a school campus, and an extraordinary learning resource. Here, on 250 protected acres, students literally reach out and touch the natural world and explore their place within it.

Nine Sisters

Hollister Peak west of the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education

More commonly referred to as the Seven Sisters, the Nine Sisters or the Morros are a chain of nine volcanic peaks and hills between Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo, California. They are popular with photographers and rock climbers. Their volcanic origin makes them of significant geological interest. They support a wide variety of plant, animal, and bird life. Two of the peaks are in Morro Bay State Park.

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