The Academy

Non-Public School

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The San Diego Center for Children Academy is a nonpublic school-accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC)-specializing in helping students who struggle with mental, emotional and/or behavioral health challenges that have significantly impacted school performance.

Students and Teachers

Each teacher at the Academy is credentialed in special education and the staff-to-student ratio allows for close instruction, direction and assistance.  Most students enrolled have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) that may have any of the following noted:

teacher and student
  • Autism
  • Emotional disability
  • Specific learning disability
  • Intellectual disability (mild/moderate)
  • Other health impared

Academic Focus

The academy follows the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) curriculum to support students that are on a diploma bound path for high school graduation. Curriculum includes:

teen girl studying in classroom
  • Math
  • Science
  • Language Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Physical Education
  • Social Studies
  • Foreign Language
  • Health
  • College Prep Classes (A-G Accredited)

Additional Support

Working with the families and caregivers to ensure skills and strengths are carried through life transitions, the Academy offers the following additional support for students:

  • Intensive Reading Improvement Program
  • Math Improvement Program
  • Behavior Support staff/BCBA
  • Occupational therapy and classroom sensory modifications
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Anti-Bullying Program – Heroic Imagination Project
  • Positive Behavioral Management curriculum – PeaceBuilders
  • Individual and group counseling with an Academy Therapist
  • Parent Counseling
  • Restorative Practices
  • Transitions Program for certificate bound high school students
Additional programs and special activities that are offered through the Academy:
  • Acclaimed Music Program
  • Health Rhythms drumming
  • Choir
  • Ukulele
  • Electronic Music Lab (digital music instruction, high school credits available)
  • Music Mosaic
  • Performance opportunities at Blues Thursday and in the community
  • Competitive Sports Teams
  • Football (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 CAPSES League Champions)
  • Basketball (2015, 2016 and 2017 CAPSES League Champions)
  • Softball (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 CAPSES League Champions)
  • Soccer

Contact our Academy

For more information or to tour the Academy, please contact:

  • Address

    Main Campus:
    3002 Armstrong Street
    San Diego, CA 92111

Si necesita ayuda para su hijo(a) o tiene preguntas, llámenos al (858) 277-9550.

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