Balboa City School

525 Hawthorn Street
San Diego, CA 92101-0921
Tel: (619)298-2990
Grades: K-12 | 94 students
Balboa City School (BCS) is an accredited, K-12 private school in San Diego offering college preparatory curriculum in small, structured classes.
For new students after a few days school is a highly positive experience.
For a quick video tour made by one of our students please go to our YOUTUBE CHANNEL: Rules, expectations, and lessons are completely explained.
Homework is well communicated, and teachers strive to ensure that parents are well informed about when assignments are due.
We create positive learning experiences that encourage students to engage in curriculum and work toward the mastery of academic goals.
Homework battles end.
Our students practice researched based, student survival strategies that enable them to become independent, organized, and self-confident learners.
Parents' are viewed as key players on the student's learning team.
We provide our students consistency and support on a daily basis.
To view our college acceptance rate, please visit our website.

School Overview

School Type Special Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year Yes
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported yes
Year Founded 1991

Student Body

Total Students 94 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Balboa City School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 20 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 8 students
Number of AP Courses 5 courses
Average SAT score 1609
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(neat and clean; plain shirts )

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $15,000
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $1,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Stephen Parker
Admissions Associate Monica Castro


Total Sports Offered 4 sports
Sports Basketball, Flag Football, Softball, Track and FieldBasketballFlag Football,
SoftballTrack and Field,

School Notes

  • BCS specializes in finding latent talent among its students. Many are gifted. Often students will excel in their area of interest but fail in other subjects. We provide a structured environment within which they may pursue their interests in computers, music, art and writing. In addition, we provide support and remediation in areas of weakness.

Profile last updated: 05/05/2016

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School Reviews

We searched and searched for the perfect school, and we finally found it! I have one child enrolled currently. I love the small class sizes! My child can't wait to get to school. My child is in 5th grade, and in addition to their amazing classroom teachers, they have robotics, computer classes, a science teacher that makes science so interesting and fun. They get to go to a great science lab! How many elementary students get to do that?
- Posted by Parent, 05/17/16
While preparing to teach American Literature at Huashan High School in Korla, China this Fall, I have a had the unique opportunity to do my prep work at Balboa City School, a college preparatory K-12 school on the western border of Balboa Park in San Diego, California. Each day I have observed students engaged in small classes, working with their peers and teachers who do not just disseminate information or "teach to the test", but are emphasizing the importance of questions such as ", why and what if...". This type of teaching encourages students to expand their minds and critically and think about how to arrive at logical solutions. In my opinion, this style of teaching is becoming more and more rare these days, with many schools focusing on test results only. Balboa City School encourages its students to use their Critical Thinking skills to solve real world problems such as which engine to use in a rocket and bookwork too. This higher form of critical thinking is very important for the future of our children as they navigate through their school career to college and into their chosen careers. While working in many schools for the last 12 years, I have seen the decline in using interesting education activities, such as Balboa Park, Old Town, local museums, etc. At BCS the students are exposed regularly to Balboa Park, Old Town, museums, the world famous San Diego Zoo among other educational resources that enhances their education experience while at BCS. Examples of this "think outside the box" teaching is seen everyday, the BCS classroom doesn't stop at the four walls of the classroom, the typical BCS classroom extends beyond the four walls. Going into the community and using all that San Diego has to offer, whether its studying in a museum about an era in history, or observing animals at the world famous San Diego Zoo, in a way much like Socrates taught his students. The students study for the SAT, build rockets for national contests, study robotics, develop original video games, among other many interesting and compelling subjects. BCS is a uniquely different school, it focuses on the student, not only as an individual, but also as a team member in the classroom, the classroom experience extends beyond the brick and mortar of the school building. The staff constantly is encouraging the students to explore "outside the box" in their way of thinking, which better prepares them for the world
- Posted by Teacher, 05/17/16
Many students in the graduating class have been accepting to top universities. Students of all grade levels earned numerous awards and accolades. Our curriculum is now being used in several schools in China. Younger students are often working at above grade level after just a year in our program. STEM programs include rocketry, where our team was a finalist in TARC, and robotics taught as part of the curriculum. Our new website is
- Posted by Administrator, 07/24/15
I have taught (substitute) all over San Diego and Riverside Counties. I have been to many public schools, charter schools and private schools, but the culture, student population, teaching approach and leadership at Balboa City School is unique and effective. The class sizes are small, giving the teachers a lot of time to learn about their students as individuals. The access to technology is top of the line. There is a sense of community that I have not seen at other schools, clearly the atmosphere is not lost on the students, because they are all highly motivated young adults. The diversity of the student population is interesting because it gives students from different types of backgrounds a chance to intermingle in an intimate setting without the judgement of peers that often comes with larger public schools. Overall, this is a great environment both academic and social.
- Posted by Teacher, 02/17/13
The academic programs thoroughly prepared my child for college. They have music classes, art, and do sports every day if you want. They have 1,700 acres of Balboa Park which they use as extended facilities. They should be called School in the Park. They have EXCELLENT multimedia programs.
- Posted by Parent, 07/27/12

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Did You Know?
The average private school tuition in San Diego, CA is $8,270 for elementary schools and $13,826 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in San Diego, CA is 87% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).