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Cuyamaca Outdoor School: The Original 6th Grade Camp

​Cuyamaca Outdoor School, known to more than 1 million alumni as 6th Grade Camp, has been connecting students with science and nature since 1946.

As one of SDCOE's educational programs, Cuyamaca Outdoor School offers unrivaled quality and value. Cuyamaca is the only program in San Diego County certified by the California Outdoor School Association as a Residential Outdoor Science School. With a curriculum designed by our credentialed teachers to take full advantage of the Next Generation Science Standards, our lessons incorporate trail experiences and citizen scientist projects to create hands-on learning that is meaningful, memorable, and fun. For many students, the weeklong, overnight experience transforms how they feel about science and themselves as learners.

Located in the beautiful, expansive, and unspoiled 25,000-acre Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, SDCOE's Cuyamaca Outdoor School is San Diego County's Original 6th Grade Camp. With almost 71 years of continuous operation, Cuyamaca Outdoor School is California's largest and longest-running 6th Grade Camp, serving more than 11,000 students each year.

Now, the San Diego County Board of Education has made it easier to give students this once-in-a-lifetime experience at Cuyamaca Outdoor School. Our new fee schedule includes an Equity Credit designed to help schools provide substantial assistance to students who are identified as socio-economically disadvantaged, as well as an array of discounts that can be combined to make camp even more affordable.

For more information, call 858-292-3695.

 

Cuyamaca Outdoor School Scholarship

The application window is now open for the annual Cuyamaca Outdoor School William E. Van Arsdale Scholarship. The new application and criteria can be found here. Need-based scholarships for 6th Grade Camp in 2017-18 will be awarded to 30 students.

The San Diego County Office of Education hosts the essay contest to provide scholarships to 6th Grade Camp. The contest is funded by the William E. Van Arsdale Trust. Read the essays from the 2016-17 winners here.

To learn more about the essay program, contact the Outdoor Education department at 858-292-3695.

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Civil Rights Information

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form found online and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. 

To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: 202-690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.​