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The 2011-2012 school year is underway...all Academy students returned to the classroom on August 22nd.

San Pasqual Academy will host a Pre-Placement Visit from September 15th to September 17th for foster youth who have been accepted/are acceptable to the Academy but are not certain if they would like to be placed at this unique residential education program.  For high school students, the visit includes spending a minimum day in classes with an Academy buddy while the middle school students have a chance to tour San Pasqual Union Middle School.  All prospective students have a chance to meet the campus partners and learn about the resources available on campus, as well as visit with the Academy grandparents and participate in typical campus activities.

Football and volleyball season is upon us!  The Dragons Football team played their first home game on their brand new “Field of Hope” against the Calipatria Hornets.  Despite a 28-12 loss, the Dragons are ready to face their next opponent, the Borrego Springs Rams, on September 9th.   The Lady Dragons Volleyball team is ready for the 2011 season, and look forward to your support in the stands.  Take a look at the 2011 Dragons Football and Lady Dragons Volleyball schedules for upcoming games.


posted Friday, September 9, 2011 5:07 PM


The 2010 holiday season was filled with a host of activities for Academy youth.  On December 3rd, Academy youth joined other foster youth at Winter Blast, a semi-formal dance hosted by County of San Diego Independent Living Skills contractors.  On December 9th, the Friends of San Pasqual Academy held a holiday party for the youth, while San Diego Charger Quentin Jammer hosted a holiday dinner for them on December 20th.  Many youth also gave back to the community during the holidays by volunteering with Big Animals for Little Kids.

On December 14th, Academy youth showcased their dancing and musical abilities in a talent show, which included several dance groups, individual vocal performances, bands and a belly-dancing group Academy students returned to school on January 3rd following a two-week winter break.  High school students have begun their third quarter of the year, and seniors are preparing for graduation.  Fifteen youth toured Cuyamaca College on December 2nd to learn more about the programs and support services available to them as they consider their post-secondary education options. 

Approximately forty Academy youth are employed or participating in internships on- and off-campus. In addition, twenty-five youth attended a presentation by the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising on November 20th as part of the YES Program’s Career Academy Program.  Basketball season is upon us!  The Dragons and Lady Dragons are ready to hit the court and welcome your support.  Take a look at the 2011 Dragon and Lady Dragon schedules for upcoming games.  


posted Wednesday, January 12, 2011 3:22 PM


Academy seniors were exceptionally busy, as the school year came to a close!  They started off with prom at the Grand Del Mar Resort on April 29th, followed by an All-School BBQ on April 30th.  Graduating seniors were treated to a day at Knott’s Berry Farm on May 7th by UROK, a skills intervention program on campus.  Senior brunch hosted by the Friends of San Pasqual Academy took place on June 1st with just enough time for a rehearsal before the big day…Class of 2010 graduation on June 2nd!  18 young adults received their high school diploma from the Academy.  To celebrate, graduates attended Disneyland’s Grad Night on June 3rd, an after-hours celebration in the park.

Summer school is in full swing!  Two three-and-a-half week sessions began on June 7th.  Youth have an opportunity to take a variety of classes, including elective classes.  New to the summer line-up is a study skills class for incoming freshman taught by the Academy’s very own Principal Ron Major.

The YES Program is offering the six-week Pre-Employment Traineeship (P.E.T.) Program for youth ages 12 to 14 years old. This summer, fifteen Academy youth will gain valuable work readiness experience on campus in the Cyber Café, Tech Center, campus Farm, and Dragon’s Lounge.  Youth earn money in their P.E.T. position by demonstrating five basic work skills:  1) Dressing appropriately; 2) Being punctual; 3) Being productive; 4) Being honest; and 5) Having a good attitude.

If you are at the San Diego County Fair, take a look at the Academy youth’s photographic and multi-media entries!  Academy youth have historically done quite well with their entries at the Fair.

posted Monday, June 14, 2010 10:07 AM


On March 13th, 30 female Academy youth and 4 staff attended The Live Well Project in downtown San Diego.  The event focused on educating young women, ages 12-19 years old, with basic health and fitness information that they can integrate into their lives to nourish and strengthen their minds and bodies.  The youth participated in a day filled with workshops such as nutrition, hula, yoga, “My Fight with Fat”, goal setting, fire dancing, music, future focus, meditation and visualization.

Seven Academy Key Club members attended the California-Nevada-Hawaii District 2010 Convention in Sacramento from Friday, April 9th, through Sunday, April 11th.  The weekend was filled with workshops, recognition of Key Club achievements and the election of 2010-2011 Executive Board members.  Keynote Speaker Keith Hawkins, a well-known youth speaker for the past ten years, further motivated the youth to explore additional leadership opportunities.  A Governor’s Ball was held on Saturday evening to celebrate the youth’s hard work.  On Sunday, the youth ended their Sacramento visit with a guided tour of the State Capitol. 

On April 12th, an Open House was held at the Academy from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Foster youth interested in learning more about the Academy, as well as County Staff and community partners were invited to attend.  Twenty-five youth and thirty adults (including County staff and community partners) participated in the Open House.  San Diego Chargers Quentin Jammer, whose foundation is actively involved with the Academy, was on hand to share the challenges he overcame to become a professional athlete and the importance of having a support system in place.  The Open House included a campus tour led by a Peer Leaders and lunch.

Dragon Organics continues to participate in the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The Scripps Ranch Farmers Market is located at the corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Spring Canyon (10380 Spring Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 92131).

posted Tuesday, April 27, 2010 10:32 AM


All Academy juniors and seniors were encouraged to participate in the three-day Peer Leadership Camp held from February 23rd through February 25th in the new recreation room on campus.  Loretta Middleton, Senior Director of Student Support Services for San Diego County Office of Education, conducted activities based on the Ready to Learn curriculum from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily.  The camp objectives focused on behavior, attendance and performance in school, and provided an opportunity for students to gain personal insight to help them when they graduate and exit the foster care system.  What a great opportunity for Academy youth!

Both the boys and girls basketball teams made it to the first round of playoffs!  Unfortunately, their run to the championship was cut short as the Dragons lost to Tri-City Christian, 55-52, on February 23rd and the Lady Dragons lost to Lutheran, 51-40, on February 24th.  Overall, both teams had an outstanding season on the court!  Next up:  Dragons Baseball and Lady Dragons Softball – Check back for their game schedules!

Academy students continue to make the rounds to local colleges, with 15 students touring Palomar College on February 11th.  The college tours are a great opportunity for the youth to get a glimpse of college life and what resources are available to help them succeed as they pursue their post-secondary education.

posted Monday, March 8, 2010 1:34 PM


The 2009 holiday season was filled with a host of activities for Academy youth.  The Friends of San Pasqual Academy held a holiday party for the youth on December 8th, while San Diego Charger Quentin Jammer hosted Christmas dinner for the youth on December 21st.  Many youth gave back to their community during the holidays by volunteering with Big Animals for Little Kids, Interfaith Community Services and Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS).  Academy youth closed out 2009 with a New Year’s Eve party in the Cyber Café.

On January 16th, Academy youth taking music and dance lessons showcased their skills in a Talent Show held in the campus Clinic.  The performance featured soloists, duets, the Academy choir, pianists, and two dance groups.  Even two of the grandparents joined the act and performed a song!

Academy students returned to school on January 4th to begin their third quarter of the year.  There is much to do—CAHSEE testing, senior projects, scholarship applications, winter/spring sports, San Diego County Fair multi-media and photography entries--before the school year comes to a close at the end of May!

Basketball season is upon us!  The Dragons and Lady Dragons are ready to hit the court and welcome your support.  Take a look at the 2010 Academy Basketball schedule for upcoming games.

posted Thursday, January 14, 2010 5:32 PM


The 2009-2010 school year is in full swing, with students about half-way through the first quarter.  Now that they are settled into their academic schedules, the Dragons are ready for the games to begin…football and volleyball, that is!  Take a look at the Dragons 2009 Football and Volleyball schedules, and come out to cheer on the teams!

Once again, San Diego Charger Quentin Jammer will be hosting Academy youth at every Chargers’ home game this season.  Plus, the Dragons football team had the opportunity to attend a Chargers’ practice on August 26th.  The team watched the pros run drills and then had a chance to meet the players!

The Academy’s organic farm is the star of a County Television Network (CTN) featured segment.  To catch a glimpse of the fresh, organic produce grown and harvested at the Academy, check out:  The produce is sold as Dragon Organics at Whole Foods Market in Hillcrest and La Jolla.

posted Thursday, September 3, 2009 10:13 AM


June was filled with activities for the Academy’s Class of 2009! After their last high school class ended on June 11th, seniors traveled to Anaheim, CA for Disneyland’s Grad Night extravaganza. The Jammer Family Foundation treated the graduates to dinner on June 15th, while the Friends of San Pasqual Academy hosted a Senior Luncheon on June 17th to celebrate their success! Twenty-seven youth residing at San Pasqual Academy earned their high school diploma during the 2008-2009 school year!

Academy youth in middle school also earned praise in June. Eleven youth celebrated their eighth grade graduation from San Pasqual Union School District on June 11th!

Summer means the San Diego County Fair, and Academy youth are no stranger to the Fair! Fourteen Academy youth submitted entries in the Digital Arts category, earning four 1st place, five 2nd place and four 3rd place awards! In addition, four students performed a Hip Hop routine on June 27th as part of their dance class.

As summer progresses, Academy youth are busy attending summer school classes, working in internships or paid-employment, and taking part in community service activities.

posted Wednesday, July 15, 2009 10:28 AM


On May 16th, sixteen Academy youth participated in Independent City at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park.  This county-wide Independent Living Skills (ILS) event offers current and former foster youth an opportunity to learn about education, employment, housing, budgeting, shopping, health care, and more!

Also on May 16th, the Academy hosted Family Day from 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  A fun-filled day for all, youth were able to visit with their relatives, demonstrate their creative abilities in a Talent Show, engage in sports and art activities with their families, and enjoy pizza with side dishes prepared by each of the cottages.   

During the week of May 18th, Independent Living Skills (ILS) topics were presented to the seniors in their Economics class.  Presentations, coordinated by the Academy’s Youth Empowerment Services (YES)/Jobs for American Graduates (JAG) Program, included ILS aftercare services, Medi-Cal eligibility, transitional housing, college and vocation opportunities, financial literacy, fitness and nutrition. 

The Academy’s 2009 Prom took place on May 29th at the beautiful Hotel del Coronado.  Academy students and their guests dined and danced the night away!

posted Wednesday, June 3, 2009 9:47 AM


To bring in a new season, the Associated Student Body hosted a Sadie Hawkins’ Spring Fling Dance on Friday, March 20th, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the campus auditorium.  Youth were encouraged to dress to impress with bright colors and black/white attire for the “Glow with the Flow” theme.  What fun!

The 8th annual San Pasqual Academy Career Day was held on March 25th in the campus auditorium.  All Academy high school students had an opportunity to rotate through the all-day event, which included four community colleges, three branches of the military, the Project on Youth and Non-Military Opportunities (YANO), the Bellus Academy of Hair Design, and the San Pasqual Volunteer Fire Department.  It was a great opportunity for students to learn about career options and the education needed to reach those career goals.

There’s still time to catch the Dragons and Lady Dragons out on the diamond this season!  Games continue through early May.  Check out the Boys Baseball (revised 03/19/09) and Girls Softball (revised 03/30/09) 2009 schedules to support the Dragons on the field! 

posted Monday, April 6, 2009 2:29 PM


With the addition of six new homes on campus, the Academy is now licensed to serve 184 youth!  The Academy’s growth will offer more foster youth, ages 12 – 18 years old, the opportunity to benefit from a stable, long-term placement, an individualized academic plan, preparation for independent living, and a variety of enriching extra-curricular activities! 

In addition to preparing for third quarter mid-terms, students planning to graduate in June 2009 are concentrating on their senior projects, financial aid applications and scholarship opportunities. 

For those students who want to take a look at the different community college options, the Academy’s Counseling Center has been coordinating field trips to College Connection Days at Palomar, Mesa and Mira Costa Colleges. 

Both the Boys and Girls Basketball teams are set to play in the CIF Division V playoffs.  The Dragons will face Borrego Springs High School on Wednesday, February 25th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Academy in the first round of play.  The Lady Dragons have a “bye” for the first round and will host either St. Joseph’s or Tri-City Christian on Friday, February 27th, a 7:00 p.m. at the Academy. 

On the heels of the Academy’s successful basketball season, you will find the baseball and softball teams ready to play ball!  Check out the Boys Baseball and Girls Softball 2009 schedules to support the Dragons on the field.

posted Wednesday, February 25, 2009 5:17 PM


It’s hard to believe that San Diego County foster teens have been calling the Academy home since October 2001!  Campus staff and students celebrated the Academy’s seventh birthday on October 21st with a gathering, recalling past accomplishments and looking ahead to the program’s upcoming 48-bed expansion.

The Lady Dragons had a great volleyball season, making it to the Division V playoffs!  Unfortunately, the Lady Dragons lost to Lutheran, 3-2, to close out the season.

The Dragons Football Team finished up their first season of 11-Man Football on November 14th with a 41-14 loss against Julian High School.  Overall, the Dragons posted a 3-4 league record for the season.

Basketball season for the Dragons kicks-off on Decem ber 2nd with a number of tournaments before league play!  Check out the 2008-2009 Basketball Schedule and come on out to cheer on the Dragons on the court.

posted Tuesday, November 25, 2008 4:38 PM


Academy seniors are participating in Senior Seminars to prepare for post-secondary education and the world of work.  September activities included completing self-assessments, filling out job applications, writing cover letters and resumes, and practicing interview skills.  October will focus on post-secondary education, with an emphasis on completing college applications, financial aid forms and scholarship applications.

Community service activities provide Academy youth a rewarding opportunity to help others in need.  In September, several youth volunteered as ranch hands at the Leg-up Ranch in Julian, a supervised riding facility that focuses on those with life threatening illnesses or physical and mental handicaps.  Youth also helped Big Animals for Little Kids, an all-volunteer organization that entertains at-risk children, with their annual Beach Party Fundraiser. 

Come out and support the Academy athletes this season!  On October 4th, the Dragons’ football team is heading into Southern League 11-Man play against Vista Calvary Christian at Vista High School.  On October 6th, the Lady Dragons’ JV and Varsity Volleyball teams are matched up for an away game with the San Diego Jewish Academy.   Check out the Dragons’ Football Schedule and Lady Dragons’ Volleyball Schedule for game dates, times and locations.

posted Friday, October 3, 2008 3:34 PM


The 2008-2009 academic year began on August 25th, and students are quickly getting back into their school routine!

Five Academy youth spent the weekend of September 5th to 7th at Camp Connect enjoying the company of their siblings and the great outdoors!  This fun-filled weekend, which allowed siblings not placed together in the foster care system to spend time with one another, took place at Camp Cedar Glen in Julian.  Child Welfare Services staff volunteered their time to facilitate this first ever camp in San Diego.

The Dragons’ first season playing 11-Man Football kicked off on September 12th against Army-Navy in a non-league game.  ASB hosted a Pep Rally at the end of the school day to rev up the Dragons’ spirit!  Though the Dragons did not post a “W” for their first game (0-7), they kept the score close and are ready to take on Mt. Empire on September 19th.  Please click here for the ’08-‘09 Dragons Football Schedule.  We hope you will come out and support the Academy’s athletes.

posted Tuesday, September 16, 2008 4:08 PM


Six students involved with the Academy Agriculture Program attended the 10th Annual Rooted in Community Conference in San Francisco from July 23rd to July 27th.  “Rooted in Community” emphasizes youth leadership development while focusing on agriculture, food security and related environmental justice work.  The students had a great time, and gained tremendous leadership experience!

Summer school at the Academy finished up on August 1st, providing students a three-week break before fall classes begin on August 25th!  Students have kept busy with classes, internships and employment, summer camps, community service activities and outings to local amusement parks.

In preparation for a new school year, students are taking assessment tests and participating in a two-day orientation of campus programs and services during the week of August 18th to August 22nd.

The Dragons’ 11-Man Football schedule coming soon! 

posted Wednesday, August 20, 2008 5:18 PM


End of the school year activities kicked off on May 9th with Academy students enjoying prom at the U.S. Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego.  Students dined and danced the night away in their tuxedos and evening gowns.  Everyone looked fantastic!

In an 11-1 win over Calvary Christian on May 12th, Dragons baseball pitcher Brandon U. struck out 18 players!  The game was called after the sixth inning by the 10-run mercy rule.  Great job, Brandon!

To prepare graduating seniors for the world of work, three of the Academy’s Employer Advisory Board (EAB) members conducted interviews on May 27th with seven seniors.  This offered the seniors practice in interviewing and obtaining employment information, which will assist with job search and placement.  The EAB is interested in assisting the YES Program locate local employers to hire Academy students in their areas of interest or to offer them internship opportunities to gain experience.

Grad Night for the Class of 2008 took place on June 12th, with students enjoying six-hours of the best rides, live music, dancing and fun Disneyland has to offer!  Twenty-nine graduating seniors had a blast at the Magic Kingdom’s All-Night Grad party!

If you are interested in donating to a scholarship for graduating Academy seniors, please contact Debby Syverson at (619) 435-4557.

posted Tuesday, June 17, 2008 4:53 PM


On April 26th, over 150 volunteers from the Coronado, La Jolla Sunrise and Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Clubs joined the Friends of San Pasqual, Academy staff and students to support the campus’ Agriculture Program.  The group planted in the garden, set up a new greenhouse, painted a shed, created work and rest stations around the garden and even worked on the irrigation system.  All this in four hours!

Jackie Taylor with the YES Program coordinated guest speakers to present to the graduating class on April 28th and 29th.  Through these Senior Seminars, students received information on housing, scholarship, colleges, Opportunity Passport, health and nutrition, and after-care services.

If you are interested in donating to a scholarship for graduating Academy seniors, please contact Debby Syverson at (619) 435-4557.

posted Wednesday, May 14, 2008 2:35 PM


Students started the fourth and final quarter of the school year on Monday, April 14th!  With just two months until the end of the school year, students have plenty of assignments and activities to keep them busy.  Senior projects, the California High School Exit Exam, prom, Grad Night, the Senior Brunch and graduation are all the buzz on campus! 

If you haven’t been able to attend a recent Dragons baseball game, you can catch the team in action by tuning into the April edition of County Chronicles on County Television Network.  County Chronicles, which airs daily at 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., features a two-minute video segment of the Dragons in their first season of play!

If you are interested in cheering on our Academy athletes on the field, check out the Lady Dragons’ 2008 Softball schedule and the Dragons’ 2008 Baseball schedule.

posted Monday, April 21, 2008 4:30 PM


The YES Program’s 6th Annual Career Fair took place in the Academy auditorium on March 13th.  The event was a success, as students learned about local employers, community colleges, and military representatives.  Information on scholarship opportunities was also available. 

The campus Career Center was the hub for income tax assistance at the end of March.  With many students and alumni employed on and off-campus, they are eligible for a $300 tax rebate.  Over 60 students and alumni received help completing federal and state tax forms from an ACCESS, Inc. CPA and YES Program staff. 

Academy students completed final exams on April 4th, wrapping up the 3rd quarter of the school year.  The students are on Spring Break from April 7th to April 11th to refresh for the final quarter of the year, which will be filled with prom, senior activities, and, of course, graduation!  

If you are interested in cheering on our Academy athletes on the field, check out the Lady Dragons’ 2008 Softball schedule and the Dragons’ 2008 Baseball schedule.

posted Tuesday, April 8, 2008 4:41 PM


Stedman Graham, a businessman, educator and best-selling author, spoke to Academy students on February 21st courtesy of the Friends of San Pasqual Academy.  As part of his interactive dialogue, Mr. Graham encouraged students to think about what defines each of them as an individual and how they will achieve personal and professional success.  Each student received Mr. Graham’s book, “Who Are You? A Success Process For Building Your Life’s Foundation.”

On February 27th, Academy students were recognized for their academic achievements and good citizenship at the 2nd Quarter Awards Ceremony.  Many students earned a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher, and four students recorded a perfect 4.0 for the quarter.  Keep up the good work, Dragons!

If you are interested in cheering on our Academy athletes on the field, check out the Lady Dragons’ 2008 Softball schedule and the Dragons’ 2008 Baseball schedule.

posted Thursday, March 13, 2008 11:00 AM


Beautiful weather on February 6th provided the perfect backdrop for the Groundbreaking Ceremony at the Academy to initiate the construction of new campus housing for an additional 48 students.  Supervisors Greg Cox and Ron Roberts were joined by former State Senator Dede Alpert and the Honorable James R. Milliken to acknowledge the generous donors making this build-out possible. 

The Academy Dragons are preparing for their first season of baseball!  The Dragons have begun practicing, and will play their first game against Football Christian on February 27th.  Please click here for the Dragons’ 2008 Baseball Schedule.

The Lady Dragons are on the diamond too, as they gear up for their fourth season of softball.  League play begins March 4th against Guajome Park Academy.  Lady Dragons’ 2008 Softball Schedule coming soon!

posted Friday, February 22, 2008 2:57 PM


To wrap-up the second quarter of the school year, students completed finals on Friday, January 25th.  American Government students closed out the quarter with a project on presidential campaigns.  Students worked in teams representing one of the presidential candidates and learned about election financing, advertising, campaigning and polling.  Debates were held in the Academy’s Cyber Café and the project culminated in a mock election on January 24th!

The start of 2008 has kept the Agriculture Program busy with the harvesting of purple carrots, red beets, green onions, swiss chard, collard greens and lettuces from the 20-acre student farm.  All the fresh produce is making its way into the Cyber Café’s lunch menu and into the student homes for tasty meals!  The grandparents on campus are also incorporating the home grown veggies into the ILS dinners they prepare with the students.

posted Thursday, January 31, 2008 2:48 PM


Students are back in school following their winter break, and keeping busy with a number of school activities. 

Twelfth graders are focused on their senior projects, as well as college and scholarship applications.  Help is available to them through the school’s new Counseling Center in room 302 and the Youth Empowerment Services Program in the Technology and Career Information Center. 

The Academy high school held an Open House on January 8th.  Campus staff, including houseparents, resident grandparents, clinical social workers, HHSA social workers and work readiness case managers, as well as Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) and Foster Youth Mentors, were invited to learn more about how their students are doing in school.  Teachers were available to share information on the students’ grades, behavior and effort in school.  The Open House was well attended and very helpful to those who attended. 

The Dragons and Lady Dragons Basketball teams will kick off league play on Friday, January 11th!  To get them warmed up for the court, a pre-game Pep Rally is scheduled for Friday afternoon in the gym.  Please click here for the ’07 – ’08 Dragons and Lady Dragons Basketball Schedule.  We hope you will come out and support the Academy’s athletes!

posted Thursday, January 10, 2008 4:46 PM


Following a minimum school day on December 14th, Academy students began their two-and-a-half week winter break.  Classes will resume on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008.

Academy senior, James M., will have his original script, Step by Step, professionally produced at the Lyceum Theatre in Horton Plaza from January 31 to February 10, 2008 by Playwrights Project.  James entered his work about a teenager in the foster care system, along with 288 other writers, in the California Young Playwrights Contest and was selected as one of four new artists featured in the 23rd season of Plays by Young Writers.  For a performance schedule of Plays by Young Writers and information on purchasing tickets, please visit:

The Dragons and Lady Dragons have started the basketball season with several tournaments around the County, and are warming up for league play in January.  Please click here for the ’07 – ’08 Dragons and Lady Dragons Basketball Schedule.  We hope you will come out and support the Academy’s athletes.

posted Thursday, December 20, 2007 5:28 PM


On November 28th, Academy students were recognized for their academic, citizenship and attendance efforts during the first quarter of the school year.  Eighteen students received a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 - 3.4, twelve received a GPA of 3.5 - 3.9, and eleven received a perfect GPA of 4.0 for the first quarter!  Additionally, twenty students received outstanding citizenship awards and four students posted perfect attendance.  Each teacher recognized the most improved student in their class, and two students, Dachuray D. and Jesus B., were honored as Students of the Quarter!  Keep up the great work, Dragons!

The HHSA Academy Social Work Unit, which consists of one supervisor, six social workers, and one office assistant, returned to a new modular building on campus on November 26th.  The unit’s original modular building was damaged by the firestorm in October, and the group spent five weeks working out of regional offices in Escondido, Oceanside, and El Cajon.  As one of the four campus partners, the Social Work Unit provides case management services to the youth placed at the Academy.  They were pleased to be back on campus and in closer proximity to the students!  Welcome back!

posted Thursday, December 6, 2007 3:50 PM


The Dragons did it again!  For the third straight year, the Dragons football team clinched the San Diego Section 8-Man Football Championship title.  The Dragons defeated Warner Springs, 46-6, at Bulldog Stadium in Ramona on November 10th.  Wearing red and yellow socks, the football team dedicated this championship game to the fire fighters who helped defend the campus against the Witch Creek Fire.  Dragon fans, including several fire fighters, cheered the team to victory.  Senior quarterback, Josh C., was instrumental in six of the seven touchdowns scored!  Congratulations, Dragons!

On November 13th and November 14th, several students took the English-Language Arts and Mathematics components of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE), which is a requirement for receiving a high school diploma. 

posted Thursday, November 15, 2007 10:27 AM


As of November 5th, students and staff were back on campus at San Pasqual Academy.  The main campus, which was not damaged by the Witch Creek Fire, includes the students’ homes, classrooms, administrative offices, gymnasium, Cyber Café, auditorium, Health and Wellness Center, Day Rehabilitation Clinic, and Tech Center.  Students are returning to their regular routines and extra-curricular activities after being evacuated from the campus for two weeks.

Despite not playing Calvin Christian on October 26th due to the firestorms, and missing several days of practice, the Dragons defeated Borrego Springs High School, 56-20, in the November 2nd San Diego County 8-Man Football Playoff Game.  The Dragons are now preparing to face top-seeded Warner Springs at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 10th, at Wilson Field (on 9th Street between H and I Streets) in Ramona.  Go Dragons!  

posted Tuesday, November 6, 2007 10:06 AM

The Witch Creek Fire, which swept through San Diego County’s North and East regions, led to the evacuation of San Pasqual Academy.  All students, alumni, grandparents and program staff residing on the campus were safely evacuated on Sunday evening, October 21st. 

As of October 29th, the campus remains closed as a result of the damage caused by the fire.   Although several buildings were completely destroyed, no buildings were damaged on the main campus.  Recovery efforts are underway to ensure the campus is safe for the residents to return.

For more information on how you can help the Academy with donations or volunteer opportunities, please contact Debby Syverson, Resource Development Liaison, at (619) 435-4557.

posted Wednesday, October 31, 2007 12:42 PM

Quentin Jammer, cornerback with the San Diego Chargers, has generously donated twenty tickets to the Academy for every Chargers home game.  On September 9th, Academy students cheered the Chargers on to victory against the Chicago Bears.  Unfortunately, the September 30th home game did not give the team and fans much to celebrate as the Chargers lost to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Several Academy sophomores and juniors are enrolled in an introductory social work class at San Diego State University.  The students’ participation in this college experience is made possible by the Alex Smith Foundation Guardian Scholars Program—High School Component.  The students attend class at the college campus once a week, and have the opportunity to earn both high school and college credit for their successful completion of the class.

On September 27th, the Friends of San Pasqual Academy hosted Shop ‘til You Drop in the auditorium for Academy students and alumni.  Participants were able to select school supplies, books and even items of clothing for the new school year.  In addition, Road Runner Sports donated a brand new pair of shoes for each student and alumni. 

posted Tuesday, October 9, 2007 10:27 AM

School is officially back in session!  Classes began on August 27th, and football season kicks-off with an away game against the Army and Navy Academy on Saturday, September 8th, at 1:00 p.m.  Please click here for the 2007 Dragon Football Schedule.

The Academy is the beneficiary of several up-coming fundraisers.  Team Penning, sponsored by the Friends of San Pasqual Academy, takes place on September 15th at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.  For more information, click here.

A reception and five-course dinner, hosted by Executive Chef, Bernard Guillas, and Chef de Cuisine, Ron Oliver, will take place on October 10th at The Marine Room in La Jolla.  To view event flyer, click here.

posted Tuesday, September 4, 2007 11:06 AM

Summer school wrapped up on August 3rd and the students enjoyed a two week break.  On August 20th, it’s back to school for the Dragons!  Academy students will begin the fall semester with three days of Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing, which assesses the students’ mathematics, reading and language usage skills.  A two-day orientation will follow to highlight the variety of resources and services available on the campus.

San Pasqual Academy was awarded a three-year grant from the United States Department of Agriculture—Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program in the amount of $299,640.  This grant supports the expansion of the campus community garden into a youth-run, sustainable agriculture enterprise which promotes healthy lifestyles, as well as provides academic preparation, employment opportunities and independent living skills training. 

Twenty Academy athletes, predominantly Dragon football players, enjoyed the afternoon at the San Diego Chargers’ Training Camp, courtesy of Chargers’ cornerback, Quentin Jammer.  The athletes had an opportunity to watch the Chargers practice, as well as visit with Mr. Jammer and his teammates, take photos with Mr. Jammer and get his autograph!  What a great experience for the Dragon athletes!

posted Monday, August 20, 2007 2:08 PM

Academy graduate, Johnny C., was named one of ten San Diego State University (SDSU) Guardian Scholars Program recipients.  Funded by the Alex Smith Foundation, the Guardian Scholars Program will provide Johnny a five-year scholarship, year-round housing and extensive individual guidance and support during his college career.  Johnny will begin at SDSU in the fall as a chemistry major.

Academy students submitted over two dozen multi-media entries to the San Diego County Fair this year!  As always, the results were very positive:  one First Place ribbon, five Second Place ribbons, fourteen Third Place ribbons, and six Fourth Place ribbons.  The students’ work will be displayed at the Tech Center lobby and in the school’s front office the remainder of the summer.

The Academy’s Pre-Employment Traineeship (PET) Program, which provides work opportunities for 12 - 14-year old students, has really taken off this summer.  Eleven students, including six students who participated last year, are working on refining their basic work behaviors to prepare them for future employment.

posted Friday, July 20, 2007 12:40 PM

Twenty-seven students graduated from the Academy on June 21st before a cheering crowd of family, friends, campus staff, and County officials.  Commencement ceremonies took place in the campus gymnasium, and a wonderful celebration hosted by the Friends of San Pasqual Academy followed in the Cyber Café.

Twenty-two graduates are planning to continue their education at four-year universities and community colleges.  The remaining graduates will attend trade/technical schools and work part-time or enter the workforce directly.  Several scholarships were awarded to support the graduates in their future academic pursuits.  Best wishes, Class of 2007!

Summer school began on June 25th and will continue through August 3rd.  In addition to classes, the students will have plenty of activities on- and off-campus in which to participate!

posted Sunday, July 1, 2007 1:51 PM


The San Pasqual Academy Key Club is up and running!  The 16 member community service organization, sponsored by the Escondido Kiwanis Club, has officially elected its officers and is ready to begin contributing to their local community.  The Key Club will help further the Kiwanis vision of changing the world, one child and one community at a time.  

Academy student, Harold T., is completing a playwriting residency taught by the Playwrights Project, an arts education non-profit.  Not only has Harold written his first play in the Write On! Program, he was selected to be a member of the Step Up Company, a teen acting group.  Harold will serve as a role model for other teens.  Congratulations!

Senior and end-of-the-year activities are in full swing…Prom took place at the Hotel del Coronado on May 18th; the Spring Sports Banquet was held on June 13th, and students enjoyed Grad Night at Disneyland on June 14th.  Still to come is the Senior Luncheon on June 20th and graduation on June 21st

If you are interested in donating to a scholarship for graduating Academy seniors, please contact Debby Syverson at (619) 435-4557.

posted Sunday, June 17, 2007 8:17 PM


On May 4th, Michael Bruich, Executive Director of New Alternatives, Inc./San Pasqual Academy, Karen Haynes, President of California State University, San Marcos, and Randolf Ward Superintendent of the San Diego County Office of Education, signed a Memorandum of Understanding between California State University, San Marcos and San Pasqual Academy formalizing a partnership between the two programs to provide a guaranteed and viable transitional path from high school to college for all Academy students.

Eleven Academy students will receive scholarships from the San Diego Foundation at an award ceremony to be held on May 19th at the University of San Diego’s Shiley Theatre.  The amounts and purposes for which the scholarships may be used will be shared at the award ceremony.  Congratulations! 

San Pasqual Academy has been selected as one of 100 public schools to receive a 2007 Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.) Bookshelf Award!  Funded by the NEA Foundation and the National Education Association, the $500 award may be used for the purchase of books and reading materials to entice students to drop everything and read for pleasure!

If you are interested in donating to a scholarship for graduating Academy seniors, please contact Debby Syverson at (619) 435-4557.

posted Monday, May 27, 2007 8:11 AM


On April 11th, the Winter Sports Banquet was held to recognize the accomplishments of the Girls and Boys Basketball teams.  Both teams had a great season and made it to the playoffs!  Academy Dragons were given kudos and recognized for their athletic abilities and sportsmanship.

Five Academy students were selected by the La Jolla Sunrise and Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Clubs to participate in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) three-day camp.  The camp, held at Idyllwild Pines from April 20 – 22nd, encouraged students to develop and enhance their leadership skills through activities conducted in an atmosphere of trust and respect.

Academy student, James M., is a recipient of the San Diego Chargers Champions Scholarship.  James, one of several San Diego County high school juniors, will be awarded a $7,000 tuition scholarship and a laptop computer.  James is the second Academy student to receive this honor!  Congratulations, James!

Graduating seniors worked side-by-side with community volunteers and members of the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, the La Jolla Sunrise Rotary and Rancho Santa Fe Rotary to renovate Alumni House #4 on April 28th.  Over 70 individuals were on hand to help out!

Planet Hope, a non-profit organization founded by Sharon and Kelly Stone in 1992, generously donated 100 brand-new, designer name gowns to the Academy for prom.  The female students are sure to look fabulous in the gowns, as they dance the night away at the Hotel Del Coronado on May 18th.

If you are interested in donating to a scholarship for graduating Academy seniors, please contact Debby Syverson at (619) 435-4557.

posted Monday, May 7, 2007 6:14 PM


Academy senior, Michael F., was named to the 2006 Elite 8-Man All-American High School Football team as an All Purpose Offensive Player and as a Special Teams Kick Returner! What an awesome accomplishment!

The AT&T Foundation has awarded San Pasqual Academy a $5,000 grant to purchase equipment and software programs for use in the campus Technology and Career Information Center. This funding creates additional opportunities for the Academy students to develop their computer skills and showcase their multi-media talents!

Academy students and alumni continue to take advantage of the Opportunity Passport Program, a financial literacy program, which matches the participantís savings account up to $3,000. To date, five participants have been able to purchase a car through this great program!

On February 13th, twenty-five Academy students attended College Connection at Mira Costa College. The students had a chance to tour the campus, learn about academic programs and support services, and listen to the experiences of current Mira Costa students during this informative field trip.

posted Tuesday, March 6, 2007 10:12 PM



On January 31st, the Friends of San Pasqual Academy sponsored the Fall Sports Banquet to recognize the accomplishments of both the football and volleyball teams. Academy Dragons were given kudos and recognized for their athletic abilities and sportsmanship.

Academy seniors are in the throes of completing financial aid and scholarship applications in anticipation of attending college in the fall. Several students have already received college acceptance letters from four-year universities. Keep up the good work, Dragons!

Academy student, Leroy D., had the honor to sing the National Anthem at the State of the County address on February 6, 2007. Leroy, who aspires to be a professional musician, did a fantastic job!

posted Wednesday, February 7, 2007 3:34 PM



On November 24th, the Dragons varsity football team clinched their second straight eight-man Citrus League Championship title, defeating Borrego Springs 64-14.  The Dragons were undefeated for the year, and even posted two eleven-man victories.  The entire Dragons team, from the coaching staff to the players, statisticians, videographers, water girls and fans, did a fantastic job!  Congratulations!

It’s snowing in Escondido, sort of…the San Diego Wild Animal Park’s Snow Hill is open for sledding in December, and twelve Academy students are working as part of this fun winter activity.  It’s a great opportunity for the students to gain work experience and collaborate with the Academy’s neighbor down the road!

The Agriculture Program has had a bountiful season of tomatoes, corn, squash, peppers and pumpkins!  New crops, including lettuce, arugula, cilantro, radishes, sugar snap peas, carrots, beets, Swiss chard, collard greens and kale, have recently been planted.  This Academy-grown produce will be a nice addition for the Cyber Café’s salad bar and lunch menu! 

posted Thursday, December 14, 2006 6:01 PM



On October 11th, the Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Program hosted the 5th Annual Career Fair at San Pasqual Academy.  Colleges, local businesses, public safety agencies and military representatives were on hand to share information with the students.  The high school classes rotated through the fair, providing each student an opportunity to learn more about future academic and career paths. 

The Dragons eight-man football is undefeated for the season with a record of seven wins and zero losses!  On October 27th, the Dragons beat Warner High School, 48-8, for the Academy’s Homecoming Game.  Go Dragons!  Keep up the winning streak!

With school back in session and students planning for their futures, the YES Program has begun a weekly workshop to assist students with the college application process, financial aid forms and scholarship opportunities.  The workshop takes place after school every Thursday.

posted Thursday, November 2, 2006 8:25 AM



School is back in full swing, and the Dragons have wins all over the board!  The Dragons girls varsity and junior varsity volleyball teams posted pre-season wins over Escondido Charter and Christian Life Academy, respectively.  Way to go!

The Dragons eight-man football team is off to a good start with wins over Foothill Christian, 30-20, and Julian High School, 12-7!  For a complete schedule of Dragon football games, click here

Academy student and aspiring musician, Leroy D., performed with the San Diego Chamber Orchestra on September 10th at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe.  The performance was directed by Jung-Ho Pak, the world-renown conductor and current artistic director of the San Diego Chamber Orchestra.  The orchestra accompanied Leroy on his original composition, Let It Be, as part of a fundraiser for the orchestra and San Pasqual Academy.  Hats off to you, Leroy!

posted Thursday, September 28, 2006 10:53 PM


Fall classes at the Academy resumed on August 21st!  Students participated in the Measures of Academic Performance (MAP) testing the first three days of school. 

TranscenDance, a youth dance troupe, performed on campus on August 22nd.  The TranscenDance Youth Arts Project empowers multi-cultural, inner-city youth to create “healthier communities through the transforming and life-affirming power of the arts and performance.”

On Wednesday, August 23rd, motivational speaker and advocate of personal empowerment, Lisa Nichols, spoke to Academy students on Realizing Your Dreams, Living With Integrity.  Ms. Nichols is the Founder and CEO of Motivating the Teen Spirit.

Student orientation was held on August 23rd and 24th.  Orientation offers the high school students a chance to learn about what’s new on campus for the year.  It is also an opportunity for campus staff to share program information with the students and highlight how students can benefit from their support services.

The Academy Dragons football team will take on the Army Navy Academy in a scrimmage match on Saturday, September 2nd, at 11:00 a.m. at the Army Navy Academy.  The season really picks up on September 8th at 7:00 p.m. at San Pasqual High School (not the Academy campus) when the Dragons take on their archrival, La Jolla Country Day, in one of four 11-man football games slated for the season!  Come out and show the Dragons your support!  For a complete schedule of Dragon football games, click here

posted Wednesday, August 30, 2006 11:44 PM