Education Directory

Spring Education Directory 2017

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The Spring Education Directory offers a listing of schools for you.

We know that choosing the right school is one of the most important decisions you can make for your child. Our biannual directory features several educational options from preschool through high school in a variety of learning environments—charter schools, private, public, homeschools and online learning. Contact the schools directly for more information and to schedule tours. Programs with the SN symbol are certified to care for children with special needs. 

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Dehesa Charter School
Kindergarten through 12th Grade
Dehesa Charter School (Free, K-12, WASC accredited) has served families throughout San Diego County since 2001. We create customized learning plans based on our students’ academic interests, goals, and talents. Various resources are available to support student autonomy through independent, social, and real-world environments.

HLC at Innovations Academy
Kindergarten through 8th Grade
Home Learning Community at Innovations Academy serves students from all areas of San Diego County. We are an inquiry based school where students create their lives through self-expression, compassionate connection and purposeful learning. Teachers are guides and learning is a process of discovering ideas, not just covering content.

Greater San Diego Academy Homeschool
Countywide, 619-669-3050
Greater San Diego Academy is a public charter school offering personalized homeschool programs for grades K-12. At GSDA, parents receive exceptional guidance and resources to assist their student with academic planning. Academic support and enrichment opportunities are offered at both resource centers. Call to learn how we can support your child.

The Learning Choice Academy
844-GO-TO-TLC (844-468-6852)
Kindergarten through 12th Grade
Free charter homeschool. Students can participate in an on-site class option. We offer a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program for grades 6-12. A credentialed teacher will work with your child to develop a personalized learning plan that includes curriculum and enrichment classes. Socialization opportunities are offered through monthly assemblies, field trips and special events.

San Diego Neighborhood Homeschools
Oceanside, National City, 760-295-1117
TK through 12th Grade
Parents who choose homeschooling enjoy the advantages of spending quality time with their children, participating in the learning process, and guiding their child’s education in a way that fits with their own personal style and beliefs. San Diego Neighborhood Homeschools offers a TK-12 charter homeschool program.


Balboa School
Downtown Escondido, 760-294-4490
First through 12th Grade
Balboa School is a private school offering college-preparatory education to students in North County. Balboa School provides a traditional education in small class sizes which promotes high academic standards, cultivates creativity and provides students with the skills necessary for college, career and civic life.

Beth Montessori
La Jolla, 858-452-3030
9 months to 6 years
Ages 9 months-6 years. We offer an integrated secular and Judaic curriculum based on the Montessori philosophy. Children are guided by certified professionals. Our self-directed learning fosters independence, responsibility, respect and a love of learning. Bilingual program with fluency in English and Spanish. 

Community Montessori Charter School
Escondido, 760-743-7880
Kindergarten through 8th Grade
Community Montessori Charter School (Free, K-8) serving families throughout San Diego County since 2013, creates customized learning plans that incorporate key aspects of the Montessori philosophy. We offer multi-age groupings, uninterrupted blocks of work time, and guided choice of work activity. Our learning environment encourages independence, discovery, and a sense of order 

Del Mar Hills Nursery School
Del Mar, 858-755-8338
Preschool through Kindergarten
Our program combines the philosophies of Froebel, Orff, Montessori and Reggio Emilia in an environment tailored to each child’s interests and ideas. Each day is balanced with developmentally appropriate curriculum and multi-age exploration in our art studio, Froebel room and outdoor classroom. Daily Orff sessions introduce music and movement to students. Offering excellent programs since 1970. 

Fusion Academy            SN
University City & Solana Beach
Sixth through Twelfth Grade
Fusion Academy is a revolutionary, accredited private middle and high school where positive relationships and one-to-one classrooms unlock academic potential. This allows us to personalize curriculum for each student. Classes are offered at three levels: essential, college prep, and honors, with 250 classes to choose from. Students can enroll full-time, take classes for credit, or utilize tutoring services.

Imagination Station
Scripps Ranch, 858-586-7834
Ages 3.5-5 years
Imagination Station is a performing, art centered, enrichment workshop for young girls. Our talented and gifted teachers integrate a curriculum of math, science, reading, music, dance, and imaginative play. Through the creative vehicle of musical theatre, this fun-filled workshop provides an educational balance that enriches each child’s approach to learning. 

LePort Montessori
Carlsbad, 760-230-4230
Preschool through 6th Grade
Encinitas, 760-545-4430
Infant through Kindergarten
Children thrive in our Montessori community, housed in a charming collection of home-like buildings surrounded by gardens and playing fields. Our AMI-trained teachers and a 12:1 student-teacher ratio allow us to tailor instruction to each unique child, to help him joyfully master advanced academics and strong social and personal skills.

Montessori Child Development Center
Poway, 858-748-1727
Ages 3 to 6 years
At MCDC children experience security and are motivated to learn by the warm Montessori environment that we have created for them. The school is a large house redesigned for school use, surrounded by trees, gardens, farm animals and a big, grassy play area.

My Element Montessori Early Learning Center
Carlsbad, 760-359-8517
3 to 6 years
My Element Montessori  offers competitive tuition for ages 3-5. This Carlsbad program is conveniently located off the I5 freeway near the Poinsettia Coaster Station and next to Community Montessori Charter School. Young children work collaboratively as well as independently in an environment which nurtures their natural love of learning. 

Renaissance Village Academy
Scripps Ranch, 858-564-9622
Pre-K through 8th Grade
We meet the needs of gifted, highly motivated students in a caring environment. Our teaching format maintains high academic standards and adapts to the interests of our students. The student’s needs, not age, determine placement in each subject. Our schedule is designed for the working parent; children complete work with experienced teachers. 

San Diego French-American School
La Jolla, 858-456-2807
Pre-K through 8th Grade
SDFAS offers a two-way, dual language immersion program in French and English. French does not have to be spoken at home for students to be successful. Part-time program for ages 2 and 3. Accelerated math program. Optional services include extended care, hot lunch, afterschool activities and transportation.

Stella Maris Academy
La Jolla, 858-454-2461
Transitional K - 8th Grade
For 70 years, Stella Maris Academy has provided the finest in Catholic education. The dedicated staff works together to help students become critical thinkers and enthusiastic learners, who rise to the challenge to be all that they were created to be. We hope you will come by and see our school. 

Super Spanish
San Marcos, 760-510-9639
18 months to 5 years, Transitional Kindergarten & Afterschool Program (5-12 years)
Super Spanish offers a 100 percent Spanish immersion preschool and afterschool program. Our goal is to help your child become a confident, accomplished Spanish speaker who is well-prepared to enter Kindergarten and beyond. Our teachers are experienced, native Spanish speakers who provide a nurturing environment where learning is fun.


Bonita Country Day School
Chula Vista, 619-656-0141
Preschool through 6th Grade
Bonita Country Day School is a highly acclaimed private school with a safe, friendly community of involved parents, dedicated teachers and respectful students. Students’ test scores are often in the top 10th percentile in the nation. We offer strong academics, a bilingual program and fine arts. 

Leonardo da Vinci Health Sciences Charter School
Chula Vista, 619-301-2075
Kindergarten through 6th Grade
LdVCS is an accredited independent public charter school. We provide a positive and nurturing student-centered learning environment. We teach the whole child providing a well-rounded education that extends beyond the basics. Our students learn and practice what it means to be healthy in a supportive project-based learning context.

Montessori American School
Chula Vista, 619-422-1220
Preschool through Sixth Grade
Montessori American creates a nurturing and loving environment where your children can learn at their own pace while maximizing their potential. Students learn math, language, science and geography through hands-on activities. Enrichment classes in Spanish, art, art history, yoga, music. Selected “Best preschool & kindergarten of Chula Vista” 2008-2016. 

Montessori Explorer
Chula Vista, 619-425-3300
Preschool through 5th Grade
We are a Montessori school serving children 2 years through fifth grade. We offer one-on-one lessons with credentialed teachers and small group sizes. Join us as we celebrate 14 years of education excellence. Tours are offered every Wednesday at 9:30 am. Enrolling now.


America’s Finest Charter School
San Diego, 619-694-4796
K through 8th Grade
America’s Finest Charter School is a great place to enjoy learning and is supported by engaged parents that help make our charter school a great place to enjoy learning. We are a STEAM school!

Emmaus Today Christian Montessori    
Linda Vista, 858-576-0132
Preschool to Kindergarten
ETCM staff provide our children with a firm foundation of independence, curiosity and stewardship; while exposing them to a diverse community that lovingly serves others. We are a full-time school (M-F 8:30 am – 3:30 pm) with extended care hours from 7-8:30 AM & 3:30 – 5:30 pm.

Mt. Helix Academy                 SN
La Mesa, 619-243-1400
Transitional Kindergarten through 9th Grade
Mt. Helix Academy offers small class sizes and even smaller groups (9:1 for Primary) for math, reading and spelling in which students are grouped by their skill level. This, plus a warm, positive, family-like environment, ensures that your child will get the best education possible - and will love learning.

Oak Tree Academy
El Cajon, 619-749-9310   
Infants, Toddlers, Preschool
Oak Tree Academy believes that children learn best and grow academically by exploring, testing theories and having teachers understand where each child is developmentally. We serve children 6 weeks through 6 years and are open 6am to 6pm Monday-Friday year-round. Fees include breakfast, lunch and snacks. 

SmartSteps Preschool
La Mesa & Fletcher Hills
619-668-5700 x6480
We offer a nurturing, child-centered environment using play-based learning that will enhance development through exploration, discovery and guided learning. Curriculum is based on the California Preschool Learning Foundations. Instruction is organized thematically and developmental standards are addressed through planned learning activities that capitalize on “teachable moments.”


A Brighter Future Preschool & Child
Development Center
Sorrento Valley, 858-794-9130
Infants to 5 years
You can go to work confident that your child is safe, happy, having fun and thriving. We provide high-quality childcare and our teachers treat children with dignity. We provide age-appropriate materials and curriculum to facilitate learning in a challenging, fun atmosphere. Our integrated approach nurtures all areas of a child’s development.

Bilingual Kids
San Diego County (619) 366-3098
Bilingual Kids Foreign Language Enrichment Program gives children the opportunity to learn a foreign language at the developmental periods in their lives when language is most effortlessly acquired. The program is dedicated to ensure that each and every child learns a foreign language from a native language teacher in a fun and engaging environment.

Canyon Rim Children’s Center                     SN
Allied Gardens, 619-287-6767
2 to 6 years
Our professional staff creates a safe and caring environment where the emphasis is on learning through play. We provide a full day, year-round enrichment program. Our learning philosophy is based on developmentally appropriate practices and is inspired by the early childhood schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

Children’s Creative Performing Arts Academy
San Diego,  619-584-2454
Age 2 1/2 through 12th Grade
We are dedicated to developing the whole person. Our teachers are qualified, credentialed, and passionate. We have an open classroom environment. In the Children’s House, Primary and Upper Elementary divisions, our underlying philosophy follows the child development sequence of learning. 

City Tree Christian School
Downtown, 619-232-3794
Infants, Preschool through 8th Grade
City Tree integrates academic excellence with Christian values. Small class sizes, art, music, technology enrichment learning, band, drama, Spanish language instruction, athletics and educational trips are hallmarks of our outstanding program. We provide a safe, stimulating environment designed to meet our students’ academic, spiritual, social, emotional, and physical needs.

Kid Ventures Preschool Academy
San Diego, 858-207-6088
Pre-K through 8th Grade
Kid Ventures Preschool Academy is a new and innovative way to do preschool centered around a customized learning experience for your child. Our family-first curriculum means parents are invited into this experience while students receive the benefits of both classroom learning and play-based exploration in Kid Ventures’ creative environment.   

Mission Bay Montessori Academy
University City/La Jolla, 858-457-5895
Preschool through 6th Grade
We are the school that everyone dreams of having their child experience: academics, technology, fine arts, music, languages and many traditions to build childhood memories.

St. Patrick’s School
North Park, 619-297-1314
Preschool through 8th Grade
At St. Patrick’s School, the nurturing and education of your child is our top concern. We offer experienced, dedicated teachers and staff, a strong academic program balanced with classes such as music, art and P.E., small class size, low student-to-teacher ratio and an extended-care program before and after school.  

St. Therese Academy
Allied Gardens/Del Cerro, 619-583-6270
Preschool through 8th Grade
The administration and faculty of St.Therese Academy recognize the parents as the primary educators of their children and seek to assist them in this educational endeavor. We strive to create a Catholic, Christian community committed to high educational standards within the framework of Catholic principles. 

Thrive Charter School
Multiple Locations, 619-839-9543
Kindergarden through 12th Grade
Thrive Charter School offers an engaging, free K-12 public charter school serving students all over San Diego county. Highly trained and caring teachers provide students with personalized instruction and hands-on learning in small class sizes. Students can choose from robotics and art electives.

Urban Discovery Academy/id8
Downtown, 619-788-4668
Kindergarten through 12th Grade
Urban Discovery Academy (UDA) and its high school, Ideate High Academy, serve students in grades K-12 in downtown San Diego. UDA schools are innovative charter schools that utilize project-based learning and design-thinking to teach students to solve real, interdisciplinary challenges. Visit our website for enrollment information.   

Warren-Walker School
Point Loma & La Mesa, 619-223-3663
Pre-K through 8th Grade
Warren-Walker School is a private, independent school with an advanced multi-disciplinary curriculum. We offer daily P.E., foreign language, STEAM, robotics and gardening programs for all.

Published: February 2017