Coastal Academy High School

Welcome to the Most Flexible High School Program

I appreciate your interest in Coastal Academy High School(CAH)! My name is Samantha Bartrom, and I am honored to serve as your Principal. Coastal Academy High School serves students in grades 9-12 and provides high school students with academic choice and flexibility to personalize their education. Our school is unique in that there are various programs to choose from to best fit each individual’s needs. Students can choose from a four-day week on-campus program with Monday support workshops, dual enrollment in community college, or independent study. In addition to flexibility, we have a supportive and caring team of educators passionate about making a difference! Our student body is inclusive and practices being respectful, responsible, and safe daily. Coastal Academy High School partners with parents to prepare students for college, career, and citizenship. My door is always open, and I hope you stop by to introduce yourself. I look forward to getting to know you and your student.

Thank you!
Samantha Bartrom

Program Overview

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Coastal Academy High School offers a flexible academic program that provides a wide variety of college preparatory honors, advanced placement, and elective courses. Current advanced placement (AP) 4-day courses include World History, US History, Government, English Language, English Literature, Chemistry, Calculus AB and Psychology. Elective courses include art, digital art, photography, video production, yearbook design, guitar/ukulele, culinary arts (cooking), ASB leadership, Sociology, Sports Medicine, SAT prep, life skills, theater production, and more. Students also have the opportunity to take dual enrollment courses at a local community college. The CAH four-day program (classroom) courses follow the semester system. Our courses challenge students to reach their maximum potential. Students can also participate in various extracurricular activities, including sports, drama, culinary arts, clubs, and more. Our courses are yearlong courses and meet for a full 36 weeks.

Program Options

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Coastal Academy High School partners with parents to prepare students for college, career, and citizenship. Most students participate in the four-day classroom program, but select students may benefit from the flexibility of our independent study program.

Four Days on campus

The four-day program serves students who would like to attend class in a traditional classroom setting four days per week (Tuesday-Friday) in a traditional classroom setting. Teachers use lectures, small group interactions, labs, field trips, and projects to deliver an engaging and rigorous curriculum. Students in this program agree to exhibit respectful conduct and academic responsibility, including the timely completion of quality work and daily attendance. Students attend Mentor Advisory weekly to collaborate with peers, hear important school announcements, and receive personalized mentoring. Students are assigned to an Academic Counselor to provide guidance and mentorship. Coastal Academy High School is committed to building student resilience through intentional service learning & leadership development opportunities. All classes are year-long except for several semester-long electives.

Five-Day Independent Study

The Five-Day Independent Study Program provides additional flexibility for students and families. Families may choose from several options, including selecting their curriculum, online courses, working with outside co-ops or vendors, and taking community college courses. Students will meet with a credentialed teacher who oversees their progress every nine weeks.

Student Activities

CAH provides various activities to allow students to connect with their community. Activities include sports, sailing, clubs, cheer, mock trial, yearbook, news publications, school dances, and various ASB-sponsored events. The student culture at CAH is remarkably accepting, nurturing, and wholesome, and all school events are designed to help students engage with each other in a safe and supervised environment. All students are encouraged to give back to their communities and must complete 37.5 community service hours each year they are enrolled at CAH.

Visual and Performing Arts
The visual and performing arts possess inherent value essential in creating well-rounded students. Studying the arts enables students to connect to content in new ways and better understand themselves and others. CAH instruction follows the CA State Standards for artistic perception, creative expression, historical and cultural context, aesthetic valuing, connections/applications, and the Common Core Standards for reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Visual and Performing Arts courses provide students with an academically enriching and rigorous study of the arts. While many students participate in one of the VAPA clubs or teams, many also take one or more VAPA classes before they graduate.

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California Interscholastic Federation (
Purpose: Athletic competition allows our athletes to learn the values of discipline, commitment, respect, and hard work.
Athletic Department –
Girls Volleyball – Hannah Wilkin –
Cross Country – Stephanie Flood –
Football – Stephen Patton –
Boys Basketball – Dale Jaggers –
Girls Basketball – Tim Shelton
Boys Soccer – McCabe Mesa –
Girls Soccer – TBD
Wrestling – Mario Cornejo –
Baseball – Glen Henton –
Swim and Dive – Bryce Sammons –
Softball- Frank Contreras –
Boys Volleyball – TBD
Year Round
Cheer Team – Zoie Millen –
Dance Team – Amy Cornejo – acornejo@classicalacademy.comCompetitive Surf – Jim Balderson –
Sailing – Joey Sabol –
Athletic Director – Glen Henton- ghenton@classicalacademy.comAssistant Athletic Director – Stephanie Flood
Assistant Principal – Chedly Benattia –
For sports schedules, practice times, and locations, please visit: or download the StingrayStrong app on apple and android stores.

Student Leadership
The Associated Student Body (ASB) is the student-led leadership team that promotes school spirit, develops leadership skills, and provides relevant school activities. ASB sponsors various events throughout the year that allow students to participate while developing social skills and healthy relationships. ASB-sponsored events include spirit days, dances, and many community service projects. Juniors and seniors may also apply to LINK CREW, a group of upperclassmen dedicated to mentoring and supporting incoming first-year students during their first year of high school.

The Associated Student Body organizes and approves clubs that allow students to meet and gather around a particular interest with a faculty advisor. CAH typically has ten or more clubs meeting annually on various weekdays. Examples of our clubs include art, Bible, surf, skateboard, fishing, GSA, FCA, Helping Hands, and Environmental Club.

Culinary Arts
Coastal Academy High School is proud to have a classically trained French chef on the team! Our professional chef offers a multi-tiered culinary arts program designed to empower and equip students with functional cooking skills that will serve them in their high school years and beyond. We currently offer Culinary Arts 1, 2, 3, and an introductory skills course. We plan to add a Food Photography course soon.

CAH offers a dynamic, engaging, and exciting yearbook program. The yearbook team, a student-run and student-led team produce two publications, including a newspaper and an annual yearbook. Our team of photographers, reporters, and designers work year-round to capture the stories that affect our students and community. We help create a voice for all students at CAH. If you have a passion for great storytelling, both visually and traditionally, consider joining our team and serving your student body in a critical role as a student journalist. Email: Emily Dutkiewicz, adviser:

Special Education

Coastal Academy High School Department of Special Education’s mission ensures that children with disabilities receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). We work with families, students, teachers, and other professionals to promote student success through individualized learning and support. Coastal Academy High School is committed to serving the needs of all students. Our schools believe that the Least Restrictive Environment begins in the general education classroom/setting for all students, and supplemental aids and services are added to students’ education settings according to their individual needs. Students with learning or behavioral disabilities are provided a comprehensive range of services as specified in students’ Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). Coastal Academy High School Special Education program includes various services for eligible students under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Coastal Academy High School believes in a team approach: student, parent, general education teacher, special education teacher, and instrumental team member. This team works together to create and execute a plan to make the student most successful.


Students are assigned an Academic Counselor upon enrollment. The Academic Counselor is a resource for helping students stay on track and can arrange appointments with subject-area teachers. Students are assigned a Mentor Advisor. Mentors conduct biweekly check-ins with their mentees to ensure appropriate academic and social-emotional progress. These individuals act as “school champions” for their respective mentees. Students, parents, and teachers have real-time access to a student’s progress through online progress reports. If a student falls behind or is struggling, families are encouraged to meet with their Academic Coach or the Principal to create or modify an individualized learning plan.

4 Year College Acceptances

Albion College
American University
Arizona State University-Tempe
Azusa Pacific University
Baylor University
Belmont University
Biola University
Butler University
California Baptist University
California Lutheran University
Cal Poly, Pomona
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
California State University, Channel Islands
California State University, Fullerton
California State University, Monterey Bay
California State University, Northridge
California State University, San Marcos
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Barbara
Cedarville University
Columbia University in the City of New York
Concordia University-Irvine
University of Denver
Eckerd College
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach
George Fox University
George Washington University
Grand Canyon University
Hawaii Pacific University
Indiana State University
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
Massachusetts Institute of Tech
Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion
University of Iowa
Lee University
LeTourneau University
Lewis & Clark College
Marquette University
University of Mary
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Montana State University
University of North Texas
Northern Arizona University
Northwestern University
The University of Oklahoma
Pacific Lutheran University
Palomar College
Pepperdine University
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
Point Loma Nazarene University
University of Portland
Regis University
Saint Mary’s College of California
San Diego Miramar College
San Diego State University
University of San Diego
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle University
University of Southern California (College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences)
University of Southern California (School of Architecture)
Studio School Los Angeles
Trinity Western University
Union University
University of Oregon (School of Architecture & Allied Arts)
Vanguard University of Southern California
Waynesburg University
Westmont College
Wheaton College
Willamette University
Texas A&M University
Duke Kunshan University

Grade Change

Due to the pandemic, the Education Code provides some students an opportunity to catch up. These changes include the option to change a transcript letter grade to Pass or No Pass for classes taken during 2020-2021 and possibly retake a grade level.For the 2020-21 through 2023-24 school year, certain postsecondary institutions, including the ones listed here, will accept, for admission purposes, a transcript with a Pass or No Pass grade instead of a letter grade. This change will not negatively affect your child’s grade point average (GPA). However, please be advised that some colleges, including those in other states, may not accept a Pass or No Pass grade instead of a letter grade for admission purposes. We recommend you check with specific colleges your student may be interested in before requesting this transcript change.

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