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Admission Guidelines

San Pasqual Academy is a unique placement option for youth ages 12-18. A primary benefit is permanency for youth who are not likely to return to birth families, or find legal/emotional permanency with a specific family. Although the Academy does not provide legal permanency, it does provide a stable, long-term placement with strong linkages to transitional housing and post-emancipation services. Youth live with houseparents and are supported by resident “grandparents,” who are part of the Intergenerational Program on the campus.  Youth are encouraged to maintain ongoing relationships, as appropriate, with family members, siblings and other persons of significance to the youth.

Placement at San Pasqual Academy shall be considered for every youth, 12- to 18-years old, if any of the following apply:

The youth:

  • Would benefit from a stable, long-term placement, but his/her needs cannot be adequately met in a relative or foster home placement
  • Is in a Family Reunification (FR) case and is unlikely to reunify
  • Is leaving a failed guardianship home
  • Is being considered for Foster Family Agency (FFA) placement
  • Is stepping-down from a Licensed Group Home (LGH) placement
  • Is experiencing a Change of Placement
  • Has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) that does not require a Non-Public School (NPS) setting
  • Would benefit from intensive independent living skills training and aftercare services.

Placement at the Academy shall also be considered for youth with the following circumstances, and their referrals will be considered on a case-by-case basis for acceptance:

The youth:

  • Has prior AWOL behaviors
  • Has recent hospitalizations
  • Has some substance abuse problems
  • Demonstrates some behavioral problems
  • Has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Displays Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Has mood, anxiety or adjustment disorders
  • Has a dual jurisdiction case with low level offense(s), and it is determined that Child Welfare Services will be the lead/placing agency with jurisdiction.

Youth active to the Probation Department for low level offenses with a 602 Petition may also be considered for placement at the Academy on a case-by-case basis.  Referrals are submitted via the Probation Officer directly to New Alternatives, Inc. for review. 


San Pasqual Academy does not have the capacity to serve youth with behaviors that are harmful or threatening to self or others and may require improvement/stability in the areas below:

  • Fire Setting
  • Physical aggression (danger to self and others)
  • Sexually-reactive or perpetrator
  • Current substance abuse issue and youth is not open to treatment. 

Placement at San Pasqual Academy is voluntary; any youth who is offered placement at the Academy may decline the invitation.