Cal Coast Academy

Cal Coast Academy is a college preparatory private school, serving grades 6-12, accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), approved by the University of California (UC), and certified by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
The driving force behind our all-encompassing and distinctive educational program is our founding belief that the gateways to learning must be as diverse as the learners themselves.
We are renowned for providing dynamic academics within a small community of dedicated students, faculty, and staff.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Enrollment: 55 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $24,000
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 6 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Cal Coast Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 6-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
55 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 51%
Students by Grade
Cal Coast Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
10 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
6 students
Number of AP Courses
23 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language and Culture, English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, Environmental Science, European History, French Language and Culture, Italian Language and Culture, Macro Economics, Micro Economics, Physics 1, Physics 2, Physics B, Psychology, Spanish Language and Culture, Statistics, United States Government & Politics, United States History, World History
Classroom Dress Code
CCA Logo on Navy or White Polo Shirt

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Financial Assistance is offered
Summer Program Cost
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Haile Brooke
Admissions Associate
Malia Matthews



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
6 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
C3 (Cal Coast Cares), CCASB (Cal Coast Associated Student Body), LOL (Learn on Location)

Arts and Music Programs:
Yearbook Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Equestrian Team, Surf Team

School Notes

  • At Cal Coast Academy, we are collectively devoted to delivering customized learning that meets the individualistic and holistic needs of every student. By removing the traditional "one-size-fits-all" approach to education, Cal Coast Academy is essentially bridging the gap between can`t and can and breaking through barriers that prevent students from reaching their true potential. Instead of a national curriculum for education,Cal Coast Academy believes in providing education as unique as each student`s fingerprint. We also recognize and value the importance of maintaining class size to help promote and augment student success. Our class size of no more than six students per teacher, ensures that our students get the instructional learning that they need as well as elevates student participation and supports our interactive and collegiate learning methodology. The teachers at Cal Coast Academy sway away from the lecture-directed, textbook-driven, antiquated approach to learning. Instead, we allow our students the opportunity to stimulate one another`s powers of thought through coactive learning. Our entire school is dedicated to helping our students embrace their differences, conquer their challenges, devise personal learning strategies, and gain the skills that will enable them to thrive anywhere the future leads them.
  • The majority of the students that we serve struggle from mild learning, social, and mental disabilities such as Asbergers, dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, autism, anxiety, and depression. However, Cal Coast Academy does not limit its student population to just those with disabilities, we also welcome and take-on students who, in the past, may have blatantly refused to go to school due to intense bullying or students who have not succeeded in other private and public schools because their teachers couldn`t adequately individualize their learning experience due to the large class sizes. A handful of our students are training to become professional athletes or models and are traveling the world for competitions and events; therefore, they are not allowed to attend public education because they cannot meet their required "seat time."
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Cal Coast Academy cost?
Cal Coast Academy's tuition is approximately $24,000 for private students and $2,200 for summer students.
What is the acceptance rate of Cal Coast Academy?
The acceptance rate of Cal Coast Academy is 90%, which is higher than the national average of 84%.
Does Cal Coast Academy offer a summer program?
Yes, Cal Coast Academy offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What sports does Cal Coast Academy offer?
Cal Coast Academy offers 18 interscholastic sports: Ballet, Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Crew, Dance, Equestrian, Flag Football, Football, Golf, Mountain Biking, Sailing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Surf Team, Swimming, Tennis and Volleyball. Cal Coast Academy is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in California for most sports offered.
What is Cal Coast Academy's ranking?
Cal Coast Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for: Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees, Most AP courses offered and Most sports offered.
When is the application deadline for Cal Coast Academy?
The application deadline for Cal Coast Academy is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).
In what neighborhood is Cal Coast Academy located?
Cal Coast Academy is located in the Carmel Valley neighborhood of San Diego, CA. There are 5 other private schools located in Carmel Valley.

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
Jan Dunning (Principal/Director) is an extraordinary leader and educator. Haile (Office Manager) is welcoming and supportive. Teachers truly understand each student's individual needs. Teachers create a learning environment that fosters a beautiful balance between preparing students for college and career readiness while nurturing social and emotional wellness. Our family is grateful for the education our daughter received at Cal Coast Academy.
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My son attends the After school ASSIST program where he completes all of his nightly homework assignments with his teachers before coming home. This program has allowed our family to, once again, enjoy our evenings together because it has eliminated the homework battle.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Enrollment: 55 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $24,000
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 6 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in San Diego, CA is $13,542 for elementary schools and $24,118 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in San Diego, CA is 86% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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