About Us

School Profile

18:1
Student-Teacher Ratio
Our small class sizes support more individualized attention
95%
Retention Rate
Our families come back each year because we care about them
98%
Graduation Rate
Our graduation rate is well above the U.S. national average
Elementary students celebrating different culturesStudents playing at a Christmas concertStudent in the science labPlayer on the girls volleyball team spiking the ball
112
TK-Elementary Students
43
Junior High Students
99
High School Students

Total Students: 254

Since 1899

Serving families for over 120 years

San Diego Academy was founded in 1899 when Adventist pastor W. M. Healey rented a store at 17th and K St. The school served seventeen students its first year. In 1947, the school moved next to Paradise Valley Hospital and later opened its doors at the current location in August 2005.

Sepia photo of San Diego Academy in 1966
SDA in 1966

College Prep Education

San Diego Academy offers a range of classes that focus on preparing students' academic abilities, study habits, and character. Students who graduate from our school are qualified to attend any U.S. university.
Students holding certificates for the English Immersion ProgramStudents performing a dissection in the science lab
Students in biology class viewing a skeletal modelJunior high students in medical scrubs

Spiritual Growth

All our students are taught how to grow and actively carry out their faith as individuals. We have regular chapel sessions, Bible classes, and spiritual retreats that provide a solid Christian education and opportunities to put faith into practice.
Students at Pine Springs Ranch for Junior High Bible CAmpHigh school students leading out in the Week of Prayer program
Students on stage leading a week of prayer programElementary students participating in week of prayer

TK-12 Music Education

San Diego Academy students participate in a range of music classes and activities including choir, chorale, band, and more. In addition to group classes, one-on-one music lessons are available.
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6th graders holding ukulelesStudents playing handbells
Students playing at a Christmas concertHigh school choir concert

Sports in Grades 5-12

Students can participate in organized sports teams beginning in 5th grade. Our teams have the opportunity to engage in healthy competition with other local schools and have become league champions in several seasons.
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Softball player ready to batBoy's junior high basketball players
Girl's junior high basketball playersHigh school flag football player catching a football

Student Leadership

All our students have opportunities to build leadership skills. This is especially emphasized in junior high and high school, where students can lead as Class Officers. In 12th grade, students also have the opportunity to lead out in Family Groups made up of 15 students across all grades.
Freshmen class officers sitting in a rowBoys participating in Family Chapel
Girls participating in Family ChapelNational Honors Society SA Officers posing for a photo

Financial Assistance

85% of families at San Diego Academy receive needs-based financial assistance.

We are committed to ensuring our school remains inclusive, accessible, and welcoming to families throughout San Diego County.
Admissions & Tuition
“We truly strive to help every student we can to afford our education.”
—Cesar Segura, VP Finance