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 North County Academy Grows to Serve More Students

The San Diego County Office of Education school that serves students with mental health needs is expanding this fall to include younger students.

North County Academy now serves approximately 80 students in grades 5 through 12 at its Carlsbad campus, which opened in 2012. Beginning in September, a second campus will open to serve students in kindergarten through 5th-grade.

"I'm so pleased that we will have the opportunity to help some of the most fragile elementary children in our area acquire the supports and skills necessary to feel empowered and find success in school," Principal Jamie Dayhoff said.  

The new campus will be separate from the one for older students but will have the same leadership and program. It will open with about 10 students and is expected to grow to as many as 30 children.

Both campuses will serve students who require more intensive support than their home school districts are able to provide. Most of the classes have a teacher, two aides, and eight to 10 students. Students also get on-site therapeutic help from the San Diego Center for Children.

The campuses will be run by the San Diego County Office of Education's North Coastal Consortium for Special Education for its 14 member school districts as well as the Poway Unified School District and school districts in the North Inland Special Education Region.

In addition to the expansion, educators and students at North County Academy are celebrating two other milestones. The school had its biggest graduation ever recently with 13 graduates and recently received six-year accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.