Sylvia M. Crowder
Welcome to Travis Air Force Base, California! I'm Sylvia Crowder, the base school liaison, and I'm your resource for education information for your school-aged children. Please scroll through this webpage to find information, resources, and answers you need to make the best educational decisions for your children. If you can't find what you're looking for, please call or email me and I'll be happy to help you out.
Check out my School Liaison Facebook page for the latest preK-12 school related happenings. I also list events and items that are of interest to parents and caregivers of school-aged children. It's a community page, so you can "like" my page, and still keep your own Facebook page private.
PUBLIC SCHOOLS INFORMATION
There are three public school districts that serve the majority of Travis AFB K-12 students. Public schools in our area offer Kindergarten through 12th grade instruction. Transitional Kindergarten (TK) is also being offered in all local school districts. Please scroll down for the latest information on TK. Both TK and kindergarten are currently half-day programs, with morning and afternoon sessions.
Residing on Travis AFB? Your school district is the Travis Unified School District (TUSD). There are two elementary schools on base: Scandia elementary and Travis elementary. Which elementary school your child will attend depends on where you reside on-base. Golden West Middle School and Vanden High School are right outside the base and can be accessed through the Forbes pedestrian gate without driving off base. The district also has two elementary schools in Vacaville (Foxboro and Cambridge) and one elementary school (Center elementary) adjacent to Travis AFB.
Residing in Vacaville? Your school district is either the Vacaville Unified School District (VUSD) or TUSD, depending on where you live in Vacaville. Generally, if your home is on the north side of Alamo Drive, your children will attend VUSD schools. Scroll down for the link to the districts boundaries map. Vacaville USD has three high schools, two middle schools and ten elementary schools.
Residing in Fairfield or Suisun City? Your school district is the Fairfield/Suisun Unified School District (FSUSD). FSUSD has three high schools, five middle schools and several elementary schools. Please note, two small Fairfield neighborhoods right outside the base off Peabody Road are served by the Travis USD.
You may choose to live outside our three main school districts. Here are links to the other school districts in Solano County and the surrounding area. FYI: Napa, Winters, and Davis school districts are NOT in Solano County.
Dixon Rio Vista Benicia Vallejo Napa Winters Davis
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: For active duty families assigned to Travis AFB who choose to live off-base OUTSIDE the Travis School District boundaries: You have the option to have your children attend school in the Travis Unified School District if there is space available. Most school districts in Solano County and surrounding areas have agreed to release military connected children residing in their boundaries to attend TUSD schools, but interdistrict transfer paperwork must be completed first. Please call or email me for important information on interdistrict transfers.
Active duty families assigned to Travis AFB who reside off-base INSIDE the Travis School District boundaries must apply to have their elementary school-aged children attend on-base schools. Automatic acceptance is NOT guaranteed, and your child may be put on an attendance waiting list. If not accepted or placed on the wait list, your child will attend your off-base "home" school; either Cambridge, Foxboro, or Center elementary schools, depending on where you live within the district.
*** Kindergarten age requirement for the upcoming 2014-15 school year -- Children entering Kindergarten must be five (5) years old on or before September 1, 2014. A birth certificate must be presented when registering. Again, kindergarten is a half-day program here, with morning and afternoon sessions.
Transitional Kindergarten: Transitional Kindergarten (2013-14 school year) is being offered for children who turn 5 years old between Oct 2, 2013 and Dec. 2, 2013. Again, TK is a half-day program here; with morning and afternoon sessions.
For the 2013-14 school year, Travis USD has TK classes at Center elementary school. Vacaville USD has TK classes at Padan, Hemlock, and Padan elementary schools. Fairfield/Suisun USD TK classes are currently full, and there is a student waiting list. To stay up-to-date on the status of TK in California schools, please visit the Pre-School California website.
Here is a link to the California Dept. of Education Transitional Kindergarten website.
Preschool Information: If your child is too young for TK, check the websites in Suisun, Vacaville and Fairfield for information on city-run preschool programs. Preschool is also offered at many private schools. Scroll down for information on local area private schools.
USEFUL WEBSITES FOR SCHOOL INFORMATION
Here is the link to the Solano County public school districts boundaries map.
Please visit greatschools.org or schoolquest.org to learn more about all area schools.
Link to the latest School Accountability Progress Report (Public Schools Only)
CA Common Core Standards Info Links: CA State PTA and CA Department of Education
SPECIAL NEEDS/EFMP -- Elaine Daly-Rath is our EFMP coordinator and can best be contacted via email: email@example.com. If you have a child or children enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP), please visit www.travisspecialneeds.com for area resources and additional information.
PRIVATE SCHOOLS INFORMATION
There are several private schools in our area; the majority are faith-based. Private pre-K thru 12th grade schools must register with the state. Travis AFB does NOT endorse any private school.
The private schools our military families most seem to prefer are Vacaville Christian Schools (pre-K thru 12th), Bethany Lutheran School (pre-K thru 8th), and Notre Dame Catholic School (pre-K thru 8th). These three schools are located in Vacaville. Another private school used by our military families is Solano Christian Academy (pre-K thru 8th), in Fairfield. Again, listing the above schools does NOT imply endorsement from me or any Travis AFB agency.
There are other private school choices, and the California Department of Education releases an annual list of private schools that have at least six students. The list is sorted by county. Travis AFB is in Solano County.
Here is another informational link to private schools in our area.
HOME SCHOOLING INFORMATION
There is an informal homeschool group on base for families who choose or wish to home school their children. This group is open to ALL Travis AFB homeschool families. Interested parents can contact the group through the group's Facebook page.
CALIFORNIA LAW REGARDING HOME SCHOOLING: California compulsory school attendance age requirements are between the ages of 6 (by Sept 1st) and under 18 years of age, unless a high school diploma or GED has been earned.
Parents who want to home school in California have four (4) options:
Option 1: The individual home school qualifies as a private school by filing an annual private school affidavit with the Superintendent of Public Instruction between Oct 1 and Oct 15 of each school year. There are no formal teacher qualifications under this option.
Option 2: Home school students enroll in a private school satellite program and "homeschool" through that private school. The private school "satellite school program" (PSP) must comply with CA Education Code. There are no formal teacher qualifications under this option.
Option 3: The home school could have instruction provided by a certified private tutor. Teacher certification is necessary only if the home school parent chooses to qualify as a private tutor.
Option 4: The student(s) is enrolled in an independent study program at home, using the public school curriculum. Under this option, the student is considered a public school student and has to abide by the rules and policy of the public school district.
The California Department of Education has a link to frequently asked questions regarding home schooling. Click on "Schooling at Home" at the top of the page.
Two popular on-line resources for home schooling in California are HSLDA.org and Californiahomeschool.net.