A unique public-private partnership energizes the San Pasqual Academy and addresses four components of the campus: residential, education, work readiness and child welfare services.
New Alternatives, Inc. operates the residential program, providing family-style homes for up to eight youth per cottage. The program offers independent living skills, after-school activities, enrichment programs, Family Day events, and an opportunity for siblings to live together on campus. Comprehensive health services, including health education programs, are available through the campus Health and Wellness Center. The San Pasqual Academy Neighbors (SPAN) intergenerational mentoring program brings foster youth and foster grandparents together in this warm and supportive community. And, finally, the Alumni Housing program offers on-campus housing and support services to Academy graduates while they pursue their goals, whether the goal is college, vocational education, or work.
The San Diego County Office of Education operates the on-site high school program. The curriculum is based on the Common Core State standards and entrance requirements for the University of California and California State University systems. Individualized academic plans are developed for students to prepare them for college and/or career training. Computers with Internet access are available in each classroom and a low student/teacher ratio means more personal attention. Extra-curricular activities such as student government, California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) athletics, yearbook and dances are offered through the school, and vocational classes are offered in cooperation with the San Diego Workforce Partnership and the Regional Occupational Program. Younger siblings attend the middle school off campus.
The San Diego Workforce Partnership, in collaboration with ACCESS Inc., offers a work readiness and self-sufficiency program. This program provides services including: career exploration activities, work readiness training, financial literacy, internships, paid part-time employment on campus and in the community, and elective school courses such as entrepreneurship skills, computer applications and multi-media skills. They also provide guidance for the Dragon’s Lounge, the student-run juice and snack bar.
San Diego County Child Welfare Services provides social workers and a supervisor to handle case management of Academy youth’s dependency cases, as well as to advocate in court for the youth. They are located on campus and easily accessible to the students and campus partners.