Grades: PK - 12 | 260 students
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. 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.