North County Academy

Located in Carlsbad, North County Academy is a San Diego County Office of Education school that is created through a collaborative partnership between North Coastal Consortium of Special Education and San Diego Center for Children. North County Academy serves 80+ students, grades 5th-12th, who are placed in the program through their Individual Education Plan. The purpose of the collaborative partnership is to offer a school designed to meet the unique academic and therapeutic needs of students with behavioral health challenges that affect their academic success.

As the only program in the area equipped to provide this level of academic and therapeutic support, the environment is a unique blend of counseling, skill-building and education. The integrated academic and therapeutic environment is the result of multi-dimensional staffing that, as a team, focus very specifically on improving the student’s academic progress and overall behavioral health.

Therapeutic Team and Approach

The San Diego Center for Children represents the therapeutic team at North County Academy that include the following highly-skilled staff:

  • Program Manager
  • Clinical Supervisor
  • Social Worker
  • Licensed Therapists
  • Lead Counselors
  • Instructional Assistants (therapy focus)

A strong emphasis of strength-based approaches allows treatment plans and goals to focus on the student’s areas of interest and high confidence. In the spirit of the San Diego Center for Children’s EMBRACE model, our therapeutic support in this program engages evidence-based practices, as well as highly-effective adjunctive therapies that allow multiple opportunities for learning and healing. Therapeutic components include

  • Individual and family therapy
  • Group therapies
  • Expressive Arts and Music
  • Recreation – sports, games, social activities
  • Gardening
  • Independent Living Skills
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Substance abuse psycho-education and community linkage
  • Crisis Intervention

Academic Team

The San Diego County Office of Education provides the following staff:

  • Principal
  • Certified Special Education and Regular Education Teachers, following the curriculum of the Common Core State Standards
  • Instructional Assistants (academic focus)
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Workability Counselor

Additionally, the Phoenix House visits campus once a week to work with students struggling with substance abuse and need additional help through their program.

Preparing for Transition

The goal of North County Academy is to help students acquire the skills needed to re-integrate into a more comprehensive and less restrictive setting. In preparing students for this transition, North County Academy mirrors many of the traditional school experiences so that each student can enjoy and benefit from typical extracurricular activities:

  • Intramural Sports Teams – football, softball and basketball
  • College and Career Fair
  • Prom
  • Graduation

North County Academy receives referrals through the local school districts and the students’ Individual Education Plan.

For information on enrollment, please contact:

James Dayhoff
Principal – North County Academy
(760) 547-2807

For general information, please contact:

Julie Cole, LCSW
Program Manager – North County Academy
(760) 547-2800