Nearly 20 people came to Friendship School Tuesday to meet
students and staff and to tour the campus as part of its annual open house.
It was the fifth year for the event, which serves as a
way for the community to learn more about the school. Friendship School serves students
between the ages of 3 and 22 who have severe disabilities as well as with health
Educators there work hard to help the nearly 50 students
there learn according to state standards, Principal Diana Lynn said.
“For the longest time, people thought we were more of a
nursing site,” she said. “I want people to know that we teach kids here.”
Some students have progressed enough while at Friendship
School to return to their home school district.
The Imperial Beach campus is operated by the San Diego
County Office of Education in affiliation with the school districts in the
South County Special Education Local Plan Area. It shares a campus with
Imperial Beach Elementary School.
In 2012, the school earned a Golden Bell Award from the
California School Boards Association for its Assistive Technology and Sensory
Integration program, which uses interactive white boards, mirrored walls, fiber
optic images, an aromatherapy machine, and other devices to help students learn
through all of their senses.
Photo: Sonia Hernandez shows 10th-grader Hector a
picture of himself on an iPad in class Tuesday.