When teens are sent to Camp Barrett in rural East County,
they’re pulled away from many of the things they’re used to, but they still
need an education.
That’s where Barrett High School comes in. Teachers at the
Juvenile Court and Community Schools campus educate students whom judges have
sent to the residential camp for committing serious crimes or repeat offenses.
About 80 boys between the ages of 16 and 18 live at the
camp, most for seven or eight months. Some stay as long as a year.
Camp Barrett is run by the County of San Diego Probation
Department, and Barrett High School is run by the San Diego County Office of
Education. The two organizations work together to help students there learn
through positive reinforcement as often as possible, Principal Joanne Finney
“It’s really important that our kids hear that they’re good
kids, that they’re doing their best, that they try hard,” she said.
Students there can earn points through good behavior that
shave days off of their length of time there.
The campus recently got a makeover with new paint, desks and
other work that helps the boys there take pride in their school.
“They’re now taking responsibility for their furniture and
their textbooks because they don’t want them getting messed up,” Finney said.