NAVAL STATION, ROTA, SPAIN ROTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BOX 19, FPO AE 09645-0005 TELEPHONE: DSN 727-4185/7 GRADES: K-6 706 PUPILS ROTA HIGH SCHOOL BOX 63, FPO AE 09645-0005 TELEPHONE: DSN 727-4181/4183 GRADES: 7-12 325 PUPILS Rota Elementary School (ES) and High School (HS) located at the Rota Naval Station on the Bay of Cadiz, off the southern coast of Spain. The station is used jointly by the American and Spanish navies. Adjacent to the base is the town of Rota, and a few kilometers away is the town of Puerto de Santa Maria. The schools are located in the housing area on the base. The ES is staffed by 28 classroom teachers, 21 specialists (learning development, speech, English as a second language, early childhood education, special education, media specialist, counselor, health education, music, art, physical education, talented and gifted, compensatory education, and school psychologist), and 3 administrators. Kindergarten sessions are scheduled full day starting school year 1999-2000. The HS is staffed by 30 classroom teachers, a counselor, learning development teacher, media specialist, host nation instructor, reading specialist, and 2 administrators. Several specialists are shared with the adjacent elementary school. Facilities on base include commissary, Base Exchange, clubs, chapel, movie theaters, stables, tennis courts, swimming pools, auto and craft shops, gymnasium, and recreation center. Rota Naval hospital provides medical service to DoDDS personnel for a fee. Military dental service is available on space available and in emergencies. Spanish dentists are available in the area, but it is strongly recommended that dental work be obtained before departure for civilians and their dependents. Rota offers a wide variety of educational opportunities. Rota Community College offers both cultural and self-improvement courses for children and adults. Central Texas College, the University of Maryland, City Colleges of Chicago, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University offer college credit courses. There is no government housing available for civilian employees. School personnel must live off base in rented apartments or houses. Assistance in finding housing is provided by the base Housing Office. Personnel should bring all necessary household furniture and electrical appliances. Spain's electrical current is 220 volts, 50 cycles, but some houses have been converted to 110-volt current. All voltage 2 must be stepped down to 110 volts, 50 cycles for American appliances to operate efficiently. Record players and tape decks must be converted to 50 cycles. At present, Spanish TV is available. Government furniture and appliances are generally available to DoDDS personnel. If such can be obtained, it is only for a short period of time. Personnel stationed at Rota will need a car. It is best to ship a car early. Repairs for American and foreign vehicles are limited by availability of parts. An employee in Spain may own one foreign and one Spanish automobile. Cars imported to Spain must have a valid registration for at least 60 days to allow sufficient time for processing the Spanish registration. Cars must conform to all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Automobile owners must conform to Spanish compulsory insurance laws. Policies may be purchased in Spain. A Spanish license is mandatory. To obtain a Spanish license, one must possess a valid stateside driver's license, be 18 years of age or older, and have successfully completed a written driver's test administered on base. Expect to enjoy a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers, and mild winters.