Our Mission

Dehesa Charter School (DCS) is a student-driven program with learning centers operating throughout San Diego County.
With the guidance of a California credentialed Educational Facilitator, learners are empowered to pursue deeper and meaningful learning by creating and following a learning plan and designing a network which integrates specific standards with their unique learning needs and interests. Students work with others both within and outside their grade level and have access to facilitators and mentors with a wide variety of talents and backgrounds. Optional group instruction is offered at learning centers 2-4 days per week and multiple opportunities are provided for other specialized instruction and real-world learning.
During their educational journey, students demonstrate mastery by making progress toward expertise in areas related to their goals, autonomy through choice and self-directed learning activities, and a sense of purpose by participating in authentic learning which contributes to something larger than themselves. Learning has purpose by engaging in discussions, activities, and work products which contribute to developing their maximum potential.