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.
- Superintendent's Message
- Three Big Education Issues for 2014
- Superintendent's Educational TV Broadcast - Charter Cable Ch. 19 (COE TV)
- Encouraging Student Interest in Science
- Charter California Edition - Charter Cable Ch. 101
- Common Core and Standardized Testing
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
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.
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.
- Today's Events
- Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Information
- Now Accepting Applications for State Preschool and First 5
- San Luis Obispo County-Wide Schools Phone Directory - PDF
- 2013 San Luis Obispo County Schools Annual Education Report - PDF
- 2013-14 COE Master Calendar and District Summaries - PDF