About the Students
The adolescent youth who live and learn at San Pasqual Academy are dependents and Non-Minor Dependents of the Juvenile Court in San Diego County. These adolescent foster youth have experienced episodes of child abuse and neglect, and it has not been possible to reunify them with their families, to place them with a relative, or to secure them a permanent adoption placement. In many cases, the youth have experienced multiple changes in their placement and education, leaving them behind in their academics, unprepared for independent living, and unable to form lasting relationships with peers and significant adults.
At the Academy, youth have an opportunity to focus on their schooling, obtain job skills, learn the skills necessary for independent living, tap into their creative talents, make long lasting friendships, and develop a support base for assistance when they leave the foster care system.
The Academy youth represent a rich blend of cultures, creating a diverse campus community. Approximately 19 percent of the students are Caucasian, 33 percent African-American, 44 percent Hispanic, 3 percent Asian/Pacific Islander, and 1 percent Native American.
Sibling groups are able to live together on campus and maintain daily contact with one another. Younger siblings between the ages of 12 and 13 attend the local middle school until they are ready to enter ninth grade at the Academy’s on-site high school.