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 Friendship School Holds Fifth Annual Open House


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 impairments.

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.