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Welcome to North County Academy

North County Academy (NCA) is designed to meet the academic and therapeutic needs of students with mental health concerns. We serve students with Individualized Educational Plans from kindergarten through 12th grade, and our prevailing goal is to help them acquire the skills needed to re-integrate into a more comprehensive and less restrictive setting. Our success is largely due to a team of professionals who care about students and strive to create a positive environment.

Located in Carlsbad, NCA is operated by the North Coastal Consortium for Special Education SELPA in affiliation with the San Diego County Office of Education and also contracts with the San Diego Center for Children for its therapeutic services. Our program has a four-prong focus:

  1. Academics — NCA provides instruction and core curriculum that ensures that students remain on track with learning and credits. Our 11 California licensed special and general education teachers strive to provide engaging, rigorous, and relevant instruction to all students.

  2. Therapy — NCA's 10 licensed therapists are on site all day every school day and collaborate frequently with teachers and other staff members. All students who attend NCA will receive Individual and group therapy. Family therapy is highly recommended and is available to any student whose parent(s) are interested in participating. Therapists are also available to support students in crisis as events arise during the school day. NCA's therapists are trained to implement an array of research-based therapeutic approaches and are skilled at assessing which approach is most appropriate based on the student's goals and needs. All NCA staff are trauma-informed and are trained to work with students experiencing emotional distress.

  3. Environmental Supports — NCA is on a separate campus with many trained staff members. This enables the school to implement environmental supports a comprehensive campus may struggle to provide. A few examples of the environmental supports provided at NCA are small class sizes, individualized adult attention to address student's emotional needs, and 100% student supervision.

  4. Positive Behavior Supports — NCA's staff members are trained in the theory and practice of applied behavior analysis and the principles of behavior. Positive incentives, privileges, research-based behavioral interventions, and a caring authoritative approach are regularly implemented by staff members with the intent of shaping positive student behaviors.


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