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The Classical Academies is an organization of award-winning, tuition-free California Public Charter Schools serving North San Diego County since 1999. With over 5,300 students in grades TK-12, our schools make a tremendous impact as they reinvent public education.

Each campus offers a flexible, personalized educational environment that blends the best of independent study and the traditional classroom experience. These hybrid programs encourage students to explore their interests, accommodate their learning styles, and reach their maximum potential by becoming Thinkers, Communicators, and Achievers.

In addition to rigorous academics, small class sizes, and an acclaimed character education program, students are invited to participate in various extracurricular activities and clubs, such as musical theater, choir, robotics, art, sports, and more. With campuses in Escondido, Vista, and Oceanside, The Classical Academies is open to all San Diego, Orange, and Riverside County students.

Excellence, Partnership, Innovation

The Classical Academies are certified California Public Charter Schools that are nationally recognized by the California Charter School Association. Highlights of our Accolades:

  • Kindness Certified School 2023
  • Awarded UT San Diego Top Work Places 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020, and 2022
  • 2022 - California Distinguished School, The Classical Academy
  • 2022 - California Distinguished School, Classical Academy Middle School
  • 2022 - California Distinguished School, Classical Academy Vista
  • Classical and Coastal High Schools Ranked Top High Schools by U.S. News and World Report 2022
  • NASET Exceptional Charter School in Special Education- Coastal, Classical Academy, and Classical Academy High School 2019 and 2022
  • Classical Academy High School, California Distinguished School 2013, and 2021
  • Classical Academy High School PLC featured in The Hechinger Report
  • Coastal Academy - 2019 School of Character
  • Coastal Academy High School- 2018-2019 Summit Spotlight Award
  • Classical Academy Online - 2018 Digital Curriculum Strategy Award
  • “Live Well” San Diego Partner
  • Classical Academy High School was one of 14 schools in San Diego County to be given the Gold Ribbon School Award by the California Department of Education in 2017
  • Classical Academy High School - Scholar Honor Roll School by CBEE in 2017
  • Classical Academy High School ranked #136 in the nation in Newsweek’s list of best high schools, and #2 in San Diego County, 2016
  • Top 40 Elementary Schools for Homebuyers in San Diego County, California.
  • 2016 Classical Academy High School Named top Five Most College-Ready Students in San Diego County -inewsource, KPBS
  • Executive Director awarded “Entrepreneur of the Year”, Escondido Chamber of Commerce, 2015
  • Classical Academy High School, honor roll with the California Business for Educational Excellence 2014
  • “Americas Best High Schools” US News & World Report
  • Nationally recognized as “One of Americas Most Challenging High Schools” The Washington Post
  • 95%+ parent satisfaction rating annually
  • All schools have received the Exemplary Independent Study Recognition Award
  • Leader of the Year, Executive Director 2011
  • Coastal Academy, Teacher of the Year 2009
  • Coastal Academy, California Distinguished School 2007