San Pasqual Academy

About This Program

Target Population: Foster care youth in middle school and high school

For children/adolescents ages: 12 – 18

Program Overview

San Pasqual Academy is a residential education campus designed specifically for foster teens, providing a stable, caring home, a quality, individualized education, and the skills needed for independent living. This program is a unique public-private partnership addressing four components of the campus: residential, education, work readiness, and child welfare services.

Program Goals

The goals of the San Pasqual Academy are:

  • Prepare youth for emancipation
  • Assist youth in completing high school
  • Teach independent living skills on a daily basis
  • Provide long-term placement for youth
  • Establish a permanency connection with an adult
  • Create and encourage youth's participation in extracurricular activities

Logic Model

The program representative did not provide information about a Logic Model for San Pasqual Academy.

Essential Components

The essential components of the San Pasqual Academy include:

  • Residential - New Alternatives, Inc. operates the residential program:
    • The residential program provides family-style homes for up to eight youth per cottage.
    • The residential program offers independent living skills and social skills group sessions through the Teen Topics series, after-school activities, Family Day events, and an opportunity for siblings to live together on campus.
    • The residential program runs comprehensive health services, including health education programs, that 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.
    • 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.
  • Education - The San Diego County Office of Education operates the on-site high school program:
    • The curriculum is based on the California education standards and entrance requirements for the University of California and California State University systems.
    • Individualized education 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.
  • Work Readiness - The San Diego Workforce Partnership, which consists of Casey Family Programs, ACCESS Inc., and Junior Achievement operates the work readiness program:
    • Services including: tutoring, career counseling, job training and internships, paid part-time employment on campus and in the community, elective school courses such as business skills, computer applications and multimedia skills.
    • They also provide guidance for the Dragon's Lounge, the student-run juice and snack bar.
  • Child Welfare Services - San Diego County Child Welfare Services provides child welfare services:
    • Social workers and a supervisor to handle case management of Academy youths' dependency cases, as well as to advocate in court for the youth.

Program Delivery

Child/Adolescent Services

San Pasqual Academy directly provides services to children/adolescents and addresses the following:

  • Ranges from behavioral issues, such as oppositional/defiance, to self-esteem, peer conflict, and depression.
Services Involve Family/Support Structures:

This program involves the family or other support systems in the individual's treatment: Clinicians on campus may provide conjoint or family therapy, depending on the need of the youth/family.

Recommended Intensity:

Teen Topics can be 30 to 60 minutes per week, depending on the nature of the topic. Youth's length of participation in one-on-one or family therapeutic services will depend on clinical symptoms and goals.

Recommended Duration:

There is no limit on how long a youth can be at San Pasqual Academy. The program is designed to assist youth be in a placement at San Pasqual Academy until they're able to reunify with their parents or when they have reached the age of majority and jurisdiction is terminated.

Delivery Settings

This program is typically conducted in a(n):

  • Foster / Kinship Care
  • Group or Residential Care


This program does not include a homework component.

Resources Needed to Run Program

The typical resources for implementing the program are:

  • Residential facility with a school built into it or nearby or houses available to be used for family homes.
  • Service providers readily available on campus
  • Seamless services for youth
  • Collaboration between campus partners/providers to arrange services.

Manuals and Training

Prerequisite/Minimum Provider Qualifications

Each partner on campus require various minimum qualifications, depending on the program requirements. The types of professionals involved in the different partner agencies include credentialed teachers and principal, trained child welfare services staff; licensed clinicians or interns; licensed medical staff; certified Administrators to run residential program; and professional trainers.

Manual Information

There is a manual that describes how to deliver this program.

Training Information

There is not training available for this program.

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for San Pasqual Academy.

Additional References

No reference materials are currently available for San Pasqual Academy.

Contact Information

Jay Sakamoto
Title: Program Manager
Agency/Affiliation: HHSA County of San Diego
Phone: (858) 874-1127
Fax: (858) 874-1163

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: October 2013

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2012