List of Programs

  • WASC accredited 1-12 program
  • Small class size ensures optimal support from teachers
  • College-preparatory curriculum, including honors & AP courses
  • Diverse international student body
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE The mission of Balboa School is to provide a diverse educational environment that promotes high academic standards, cultivates creativity, and builds the social skills necessary for college, career and civic life.

Elementary School

The goal at Balboa School, for the Elementary School Program is to help students enjoy learning, build positive self-esteem and explore their full potential while preparing them for success in middle school and beyond. Class sizes are small and, as a result, students learn more effectively than they do in large traditional classrooms. Rules, expectations, and homework are well communicated to students and parents. Balboa School strives to create positive learning experiences that encourage students to engage with the curriculum and work towards mastery of academic goals.

Elementary Curriculum

Our curriculum is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and our instruction is aligned with the California Common Core State Standards. Students at Balboa School learn in an environment that provides a blend of strong academics combined with opportunities for individual and social growth. Teachers challenge and support every learner.

Elementary students receive multi-modal learning experiences, small class sizes and a curriculum specifically developed for children with learning differences. Visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning experiences are placed on a par with pedagogical demands. Students learn through direct instruction, peer interaction, and classroom discussions.

Our staff is trained on how to deliver instruction. We use the “I do it, You do it, We do it” method (model, prompt, check), and content is taught until mastery is reached.

Balboa School also specializes in bringing students up to grade level if they have fallen behind in previous programs. It is expected that all students will learn to work at or above grade level with regard to academic content in most classes.

We are able to carefully tailor our program to meet the needs of each student. Highly structured and appropriately paced materials provide students with ample opportunity to grasp, review, and master concepts.


Homework is assigned Monday through Thursday of each week and is comprised of independent practice of previously learned skills. Immediate feedback and positive reinforcement helps our students build self-esteem and feel successful in the academic setting.

Extracurricular Activities

Countless studies show that extracurricular activities benefit students academically, socially, and emotionally. Through these experiences, our students build links between their own learning and the broader world. In addition to core academic classes, we offer a dynamic collection of elective classes designed to broaden students’ knowledge of music, art, computers, and physical fitness.

At Balboa School, we have designed a range of activities that encourage students to interact with teachers, mentors, and each other in positive and unique ways. For example, field trips are scheduled throughout the year. Furthermore, the nearby park, zoo and museums offer a large range of resources and are an important part of our curriculum.

Physical Education

Physical activity is an important part of Balboa School’s program. Being in Escondido provides a wonderful opportunity for sports and recreation. Students enjoy soccer and other organized sports, as well as running, yoga, dancing, and outdoor games. Healthy living is also emphasized.

Social Skills

At Balboa School, we emphasize both a traditional curriculum and character education. Students learn practical skills that reinforce social growth. The lessons cover friendship skills, self-esteem, asking for help, handling your feelings, communication, character development, and being responsible.

Learn how our elementary program can benefit your child by visiting the campus and exploring the cultural and learning opportunities we offer. Contact us or call 760-294-4490 to schedule a tour and interview.

Students with Learning Differences

We also serve students who learn differently. Most of these students are bright/gifted in some way, and test with an average to above-average intelligence. We work with students with a variety of learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Asperger Syndrome, and mild social/emotional difficulties. Some of our students have identifiable learning differences; others simply desire a more customized approach to learning. It has been our experience that given the right motivation and environment, students can achieve academic success well beyond traditional expectations.

For more information about Balboa School’s success with students with learning differences, please click on one of the following links:


Asperger Students Thrive and Mature at Balboa School


The Role of Executive Function


Dyslexia Interventions at Balboa School