List of Programs

  • K - 12 grades
  • Accredited by WASC & Cognia
  • Small class size ensures optimal support from teachers
  • College-preparatory curriculum, including honors & AP courses
  • Diverse international student body
Diversity. Creativity. Mastery. The mission of Balboa School is to provide a diverse educational environment that promotes high academic standards, cultivates creativity, and builds the skills necessary for college, career and civic life.


Community and Program History

Balboa School was founded in 1991 as a dynamic, creative secondary school. Over the years, our program evolved into a full 1-12 private college-preparatory program after the addition of our elementary program in 2001. Currently, our campus sits adjacent to California Center for the Arts, in Escondido.

The program includes mentoring as a means of unleashing individual talent and creativity in the context of college preparatory activities. Small structured classes, Socratic seminars, project-based learning, and individual accountability all have an important place in the program. Balboa School also welcomes foreign students of all ages from first grade to grade twelve and is approved by the federal government to issue I-20s.

Competitive sports have recently been incorporated into the school program with the founding of the Balboa School Force. With the Force, Balboa School has become a top academy of basketball where learning comes first.

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Balboa School is a fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and a member of the College Board.

WASC Accreditation History

In 1998, Balboa Secondary School received its first 3-year WASC Accreditation. In 2001, The School was acquired and the merging of these two schools produced the current Balboa School, a unique, dynamic and continuously evolving educational institution. Since 2001, Balboa School has continued to be accredited by WASC. In 2010, Balboa School received a 6-year accreditation term, the longest term possible.