Childrens Creative & Performing Arts Academy of San Diego

Preschool in San Diego, CA 92104

3076 Howard Avenue
San Diego, CA 92104
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The Children’s Creative and Performing Arts Academy was founded in June 1981 in Pacific Beach. The Campus population is approximately 350 students with a diversity of backgrounds and interests. Students come to CCPAA from all corners of San Diego County. We have students from Escondido Otay Mesa La Jolla Jamul and Ramona. International students enjoy a special place here as well. Representatives from such countries as Japan China Germany and Israel can be found in all divisions.
The Academy is divided into four divisions:
The Children’s House- ages 2 1/2 through 5 years.
The Primary Division- ages 4 3/4 through 9 years.
The Elemenbtary Division- 8 3/4 through 11 3/4 years.
The CAPA Division- ages 11 3/4 through 18(Grades 7-12).

Teachers at CCPAA are qualified credentialed and passionate in their desire to work with students. Both teachers and teacher’s aides are selected for their abilities to work in open classroom environment as well as for their genuine love of children and young adults. Teachers in the Children’s House Primary and Elementary Divisions are Montessori trained. Our faculty additionally includes very qualified specialists for music dance drama fine arts gymnastics physical education and sports foreign language study and computers.

The curriculum of the Academy meets and surpasses the requirements set by the State of California. Written evaluations based upon mastery are given every six weeks. Progress reports are available any time during this period upon request for the parent(or student in the CAPA Division). Conferences are required at the first and fourth grading periods but may be scheduled with individual teachers at any time during the academic year. The Stanford Achievement Tests(Primary through Grade 10) are administered every year in May. The results of these tests are available to the public. PSAT is administered in October. Information on SAT and ACT registrations is available in the Counseling Office.

TRANSPORTATION: CCPAA provides a car pool list in the office for parents interested in ride sharing. The office can assist you in finding students and parents who live in your general area. CCPAA is located within walking distance of the city bus lines. Additionally there are two CAPA vans which provide service to and from the San Diego Campus. For further information please contact the office.

Child Ages:
2.5 years - 9 years
Licenses & Accreditations:
California Department of Social Services: Community Care Licensing Division
Hours of Operation:
6:30 a.m. 6 p.m.

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is dedicated to developing the whole person. We commit ourselves to helping the child or young adult to develop a positive self-image and to develop a self directed and self-disciplined person.

In the Childrens House Primary and Elementry Divisions

our underlying philosophy follows the child development sequence of learning:

Imitation —> Exploration -→ Extension —> Creativity -LITERACY

Learning proceeds from the right brain hemispheric learning to integrating both hemispheres within the developmental sequence.

Children grow and develop in a non-graded non-competitive open classroom environment. Learning takes place both individually and in small cooperative learning groups. Montessori materials methods and philosophy as well as the Piagetian theory are implemented in the classroom. The child’s learning experience proceeds sequentially from the concrete “hands on experiences” to the abstract. The concept of “Mastery” is fundamental. Each child is given the chance to fulfill his or her’s potential possibilities to become an independent self disciplined secure and happy individual. The child’s natural desire to learn is nurtured and encouraged to grow.

In the Children’s Creative and Performing Arts CAPA Divisions (7th Grade-High School) students learn in a departmentalized yet individualized classroom environment. Many classes are multi-level to provide for the on-going needs of the students. Teachers in the CAPA Division believe in education as a working partnership between the student teachers and parent. Through this partnership students are encouraged to develop interests in both the arts and academics in a multi-disciplinary setting. Development of the physical being is emphasized through dance sports and physical education programs. The High school division is fully accredited by the Western Association of School and Colleges (WASC).

Each student is provided with a college-preparatory education design to produce a truly “well rounded” and well-prepared young adult.


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