Child Welfare Services

San Pasqual Academy

For more information phone (760) 233-6201 or send us an email.

San Pasqual Academy, a first-in-the-nation residential education campus designed specifically for youth in foster care, serves as a placement option for 12-17 year olds and Non-Minor Dependents (NMDs) up to age 19 years old.  The Academy provides a seamless delivery of services through a public-private partnership between the County of San Diego, Rite of Passage, San Diego County Office of Education, San Diego Center for Children and Access, Inc.  The Friends of San Pasqual Academy, a philanthropic non-profit organization, serves as an additional resource to improve, empower and enrich the lives of Academy students and alumni.

The California Department of Social Services approved the Academy to remain in operation as a placement option for San Diego youth in foster care while the Academy campus is re-imagined to encompass a continuum of services to meet the diverse needs of our community. Although the Academy does not provide legal permanency for youth in foster care, it does provide a stable, long-term placement with strong linkages to transitional housing and post-emancipation services. The Academy, akin to a resource family placement, also offers comprehensive support system for the youth, including an individualized education, independent living skills, work readiness training, therapeutic services, extra-curricular and enrichment activities, family connections and relational permanency.