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 Friendship School Welcomes Community at Open House

Friendship School opened its doors Aug. 28 for parents, educators and community members during its sixth annual open house.

More than 30 people took tours of the Imperial Beach campus and met its students and teachers as part of the event.

The open house serves as a way for the community to learn more about the school, which serves students between the ages of 3 and 22 who have multiple disabilities and health impairments.

Visitors got a pamphlet that described the school and invited them to explore some of the unique features there such as the multi-sensory environment, outdoor sensory area, and wish list for supplies.

The open house is an important way for educators to highlight the work their doing at the school, Principal Diana Lynn said.

“I want people to come out and see that we are different, but we are the same,” she said. “It’s an opportunity for people to see the hard work our teachers are doing and the hard work our students are doing.”

There are more than 40 students at the school, all learning according to developmentally appropriate state standards.

Students there receive specialized instruction with specific goals based on their individual needs. They also have access to speech, language and hearing specialists as well as a psychologist, school nurse, occupational therapist and assistive technology specialist.

Some students have progressed enough while at Friendship School to return to their home school district.

The five-classroom campus is operated by the San Diego County Office of Education in affiliation with the six school districts in the South County Special Education Local Plan Area. It shares a campus with Imperial Beach Elementary School.

Photo: County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Randy Ward tours Friendship School Aug. 28 as part of the annual open house.