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
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.

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Look around and you will find highly accomplished professionals who are also musicians. The skills and discipline of consistent music practice “tone the brain” in a natural and developmentally appropriate way.  Music uniquely endows people with the ability to take different perspectives and think in three dimensions.

Even the most accomplished professionals love their “amateur” music. Think about it: Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State, is a concert pianist. Woody Allen performs jazz weekly.  Computer magnate Robert Allen, founder of Microsoft, plays in a rock band.  The examples are myriad.  Music “opens the brain” to creativity. It is a secret language that makes neural connections between seemingly disparate ideas.

The scientific evidence supporting higher brain function and music is slowly being realized. Music stimulates spatial relations, and visual-spatial skills are increasingly tied to creativity and intelligence. Like all activities that are performed daily, music can help “rewire” the brain. For students with ADD, the practice of music creates a biofeedback loop, which stimulates the very deficit areas that we are trying to remediate – executive functioning.  Music also provides a good break in the day and helps to increase focus and concentration. For students with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome, it is a gateway to social interaction in a highly positive atmosphere, building a leisure activity skill for life.

For these reasons and more, we encourage our students at BCS to play a musical instrument.  On any given day, you may hear our students learning guitar or catch them composing original music in our media lab. Music is enjoyable for the student and beneficial to the brain.  So the next time you think about picking up an instrument, remember this: It’s not just fun, it’s good for you!



Balboa School, with the Karen Organization, is helping sponsor a Benefit Concert and Art Fair to assist over 1,500 Burmese refugees who are working to rebuild their lives after ethnic and religious persecution forced them to flee their homeland. The Karen Organization, provides social services and cultural preservation opportunities. Balboa School is supporting their efforts by being a sponsor to their annual Concert and Art Fair on Nov. 8, 6:00 – 10:00 at San Diego Mosaic, 1402 Commercial Street, San Diego, CA, 92113.

Join us for performances by Bryan Bangerter. William, Erin McLaughlin, Trevor Davis, Family Wagon, and DJ Sean Sand. A video presentation will be screened to raise awareness about persecution in Burma and the refugees’ challenges. We invite you to come and visit the Art Fair and Silent Auction featuring art by Jeff Allen, Wes Bruce, Christopher Konecki, Kristina Micotti, and Aubrey Perkins. Artwork created by KOSD’s After School Programs and HOMESPUN: Born in Burma…Made in America will also be a highlight of the Art Fair and Silent Auction. HOMESPUN is a venue for practitioners of the traditional technique of Burmese weaving to come together, practice their craft, and transfer that knowledge to the younger generation of resettled refugees from Burma.

Beverages will be provided by Ballast Point Brewery and Coffee & Tea Collective. All proceeds will go towards Karen Organzation’s First Generation Youth Program; furthering their opportunities to connect to their community through service and achieve their academic, professional and personal dreams and goals. The communities from Burma are vibrant, creative, and caring. This event promises to be one to remember. Please consider attending as this is an event sponsored by our school and a great way to teach our younger generation of the importance of giving back. Many of these refugees have school age children. I am sure we will all be able to relate to their plight.


Lunch and Recess A Time for GAMES!!!

We believe important life skills are developed or can be developed during lunch and recess.

Click here to view our blog post about our NEW Young Learner’s Games Program


The elementary program is designed for optimal achievement, achieving sophisticated language development through hands on activities, low stress classrooms, high student involvement and achievement. Hands on activities in science, technology, engineering combine with classical studies in mythology, writing and literature.  Students attend computer lab daily and learn essential word processing and computer skills.


Balboa School offers a college-preparation program for students from all over the world. Located adjacent to California Center for the Arts in beautiful Escondido, students are able to experience many of the cultural opportunities and attractions of the downtown area. Our classrooms surround a lovely central courtyard full of native plants and flowering shrubs. A new student center has been constructed in the middle of campus, providing a fun and relaxing space for students to unwind and socialize. Balboa School’s intimate setting fosters the creation of strong and lasting personal relationships between students and staff. This connection is something that is so often missing on large, traditional campuses.

Click here for more information about the history of Balboa School.