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K-12
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Julian, CA
Students enrolled: 2,153

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1704 Cape Horn
Julian, CA 92036

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November 23, 2014
Love this school for my daughter! The teachers know how to find the balance of challenging the students and engaging them at the same time.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2013
The Murrieta High School Academy is an excellent place to work. The students are motivated, the staff is collaborative and caring, and the parents are involved. I have found the academic output to exceed that of a traditional public school.

- submitted by a teacher
May 29, 2013
The school my 2 children attend in JCS Murrieta High School Academy..FANTASTIC, FABULOUS,CARING TEACHERS & STAFF. THE BEST TEACHING AND TUTORING EVER!!!!! TEACHERS ALWAYS AVAILABLE!!! THE DIRECTOR CAROL NEVER LETS ANY OF HER KIDS FAIL!!!! I RECOMMEND THIS ACADEMY 100%..I LOVE EVERYONE AT THIS SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU FOR TEACHING MY 2 KIDS ......

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2013
I love the focus that JCS puts on individual students and their needs. I have taught at schools in 6 different states, and JCS is by far my unqualified favorite. I've worked with home school families and as an instructor at JCS academies. Currently I'm at the Murrieta High School Academy. I love the small class sizes in the academy (20-25 students, compared to the 35-42 in my last school). I love the parental involvement and support in the academy--so crucial to student success. I love that I can actually teach the lesson that I've planned without getting derailed by discipline issues--students come to school to learn, and they support one another in their learning. And I love the administrative support--positive and encouraging, and always looking for ways to improve something that is already great!

- submitted by a teacher
May 29, 2013
The JCS high school academies are like a private school education at public school prices--one of the best-kept secrets around.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2013
The Murrieta High School Academy is full of wonderful, dedicated students and a caring and supportive staff! The kids enjoy an active student life with dances, harvest festival where they pie their teachers, movie nights and more. The instruction is engaging and personalized, and no student ever "falls through the cracks."

- submitted by a teacher
February 28, 2013
Julian Charter School's Home school program is exactly what I was looking for. They have a huge resource center with everything I needed for my kids to learn at home. For Free! Plus my Educational Facilitator supported me 100%, she was always available whenever I needed help or had questions. My kids also received tutoring for Free! Homeschooling with Julian Charter has been a blessing to my family. I love having the flexibility in pacing of curriculum and in our schedule.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2012
My daughter attended JCS the online program and we were never able to get our classes on time and halfway through the school-year we got them and they counted her late on all assignments. I have pulled her from JCS

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2012
My daughter attended this school Julian Carter Innovations Encinitas)for Kindergarden and we had a good experience. SADLY as she was going into her next grade we found out that the building in which the school rented its space from has a Cell Towers, it is hidden in the churches tower and there are 4 smaller ones in the parking lot. The school has known about this risk for a whole year that our kids have sat underneath the sight. I did my research and found not only were other countries extremely worried about the health risks of such towers that one particular country was taking them down and away from their schools and neighborhoods. I approached the school hoping they would take care of our kids and move saying is it better to be safe than sorry. They pushed my concerns under the rug and went on to tell the parents there are not health concerns! They even felt i was causing a toxic environment, im confused, i thought the Cell Phone Tower sitting right over our kids heads was the toxic environment!!! I pulled my daughter from this school, i am going to be safe rather than sorry!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2012
I have had a daughter in the Julian Charter 1 day program in Encinitas for 2.5 years. The first year and a bit were fine. I didn't expect much when it came to learning since we had 4 days of homeschool where the really learning was to happen. Since Friday was an elective day, I really just wanted fun and group activities. After a bullying incident this changed drastically and not only was my daughter incredibly unhappy with the environment, many other kids stopped going until everything calmed day. A lot of similar programs have a zero tolerance rule when it comes to bullying and on an elective day that really should be the case. In this situation the girl was allowed to continue to attend despite the fact that the majority of the families had an issue with her behavior. I believe the school should have taken a stronger stand on the issue and the fact that nothing was really done is the main reason we have elected to change programs. Other than that, the school is okay - a little old, but a safe environment. The teachers are kind though I wish they were more strict when it came to the issue we had. It does seem to attract younger children and a lot of the older seem to leave.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2012
I have two boys, in grades 5 and 7 with Julian Charter School's Phoenix Learning Center program. I couldn't be happier with their education. I count myself lucky that they have amazing teachers and are getting a well-rounded education. Phoenix doesn't teach to the test, and my kids are taught lifelong problem-solving skills. The study and organization habits they learn, I didn't learn until high school and that was in honors classes. All of the teachers are so dedicated. I'm so glad to have this option.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2011
We have been a part of the Innovation Center Encinitas School k-8 program since it started. We went through some serious growing pains but we are doing so great now. The teachers are remarkable and the kids are so loving. It is a special environment that must be seen.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2011
Julian Charter School Murrieta High School Academy is where everyone goes if they somehow didn't make it in Public School, or if their parents and/or them are very Religious. We're a school of oddballs, and we love it. If you think you're weird - come here. Everyone else is going to be just as weird as you are, if not more so. Yeah, we have some not good weird people - druggies and a couple of those people that never EVER take a shower, but we don't shun them. We may not seek them out to talk to them, but we accept them, and they (if they try) will find people that will eventually become their friends.JCS also offers tutoring hours every Thursday for ALL classes. My teacher once said something - if you come to tutoring, he can raise your grade at least one grade level. To everyone I've talked to (I can't get a ride on Thursdays to attend tutoring, alas), that is true. One of my friends actually raised two grade levels. The fact that this is possible is amazing. Anyway, I hope this was helpful! Sorry it's so long.

- submitted by a community member
December 26, 2010
Innovation Center Encinitas is a horrible environment. The school is located in a big gym with no seperation of classrooms. The Noise level is terrible and the kids can't concentrate. The director has high goals but fails to live up to them. There is something very unhealthy going on as she talks bad about teachers and student. If you inform her of a problem, she blames your kid. The teachers seem miserable and dooped.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2010
My daughter has been attending JCS's Innovation Centre in Temecula since 1st grade and we are very happy with the school, academics, leadership, policies, safety, small class size etc. The only thing lacking is an outdoor space for playing. P.E. is every day (indoors) as of this year which I really like. The number one thing I like about this school is the focus on Individual Learning styles. The teachers have the ability to work with the students at their level and homework, centers, etc. are assigned for the individual learner's level. My child has excelled from day one and has never complained of being bored or unchallenged.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2010
Julian Charter Schools has many different learning centers. My children attend the Phoenix Learning Center in Encinitas. They attend school Mon. - Thurs. Friday is a home school day. We are very happy with the curriculum and staff. The teachers are all hand-picked. Most have extensive GATE training. We expect our kids to continue all the wat from K-6 at this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 22, 2010
Not a 'whole child' centered school. Not enough emphasis on art and science. Not a school for kinesthetic learners. Much needed tact and grace when it came to parent-teacher conferences. 'Most students are memorizing their addition facts by this time of the year'.....not something a parent of a kindergartner wishes to hear. And, in general a lot of comparisons between other students work. But, what I do like about the Innovation Center in Temecula is that the standards were addressed and I feel my child will be prepared academically for a new school.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2010
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- submitted by a student
November 22, 2009
I am not too happy with the instruction. I was disappointed to hear that only two of the teachers were trained by Dr. Sandra Kaplan. The amount of homework is crazy. I am checking out The Academy Learning Center, where all the teachers were trained by Dr. Kaplan.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2009
My daughter has been with Julian Charter School for 3 years. She has improved a lot. She has special needs, and all the teachers have been very helpful. She is 9th grade now and has been signed up JCS Online which keeps track of her progress.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
JCS has been the best ever choice for our son. Their staff is friendly and always ready to help. With a school this wonderful, who is always looking out for their students I know my son will receive the best education possible!

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2009
I have been really, really happy with the education that my son is getting. This year I am 'home schooling' him in a couple of classes, and then sending him to the 'Learning Center' for a couple of his other classes. The Learning Center is sort of taught like a college. The classes are just a few days a week-- like his Monday/Wednesday is math and his Tuesday/Thursday is science and LA. His test scores have actually improved a lot (Advanced, now), and the kids that he is hanging around are a lot better. The classes at the LC are a lot smaller (like 15 kids for High School...crazy!) So, the get more attention from their teachers. Anyway, I have been happy. They have a lot of resources, and a helpful staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 27, 2009
I love Julian I have been here 3 months. My favorite subject is writing and the writing teacher is so fun

- submitted by a student
February 09, 2009
My child attends The Innovation Centre which is under Julian Charter Schools. We are very happy with the schools performance. The Director, staff and all of the teachers are very committed and passionate about education and it shows in the children. They focus on ILPs. My child attends school 4 full days in Temecula and we home school on Friday. We started in public, tried private and this is a perfect fit for us.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
no rating August 17, 2008
Julian Charter School offers an excellent alternative form of education to traditional public schooling. They have an incredible choice of cirriculum available and every resource imaginable - all for free!!! I am so impressed with what they have to offer parents and children who don't fit into the 'mold.' Not only do they offer parents a choice to homeschool their children using their own choice of cirrculum, but they also offer chidlren an opportunity to take an individual class, like science or math once a week, or take part in the academy twice a week where they can take all their classes!! Excellent school.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2008
I was very disapointed in the level of education that was presented to my daughter thru this school. The LP's the teacher had given us did not teach my daughter everything that needed to be learned in this years time frame and so I will be continuing it thru the summer. Also I had requested my daughter be tested since her reading was below level, at the begining of the year. It was not till we had 1.5 months left of school did they decided, ' Oh we should do that'. When I spoke to someone in administration about that they said it can take two years for that request to go thru!! Are you kidding me? That does not follow my rights as noted on the Board of Education website. It was going to be a fight to get my daughter the help that she needed. Not returning next year.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2008
We began homeschool our kindergartener through Julian Charter School since Fall 2007. The staff encountered have been very pleasant. The teacher facilitator has been wonderful, knowledgeable and extremely helpful. JCS also offers onsite classes and a great resource center. Its San Diego Office is located near SDSU.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2007
This is an independent study program with some availability of onsite classes. The program is characterized by a high degree of flux--high employee/teacher turnover, constant change of procedures. Due to the longevity of the school, it is a known alternative to the traditional setting and the student population profile has gradually shifted from a more traditional homeschooled student to include more at-risk students. This is apparent at testing sites, onsite classes and field trips. The administration can be impersonal and bureaucratic, and obviously has concerns that compete with parent choice, despite slogans to the contrary. However, there are many dedicated employees/teachers in the learning centers and in the field (they may be gone tomorrow). This school is not a bad choice if you are determined to avoid the trappings of the mega-schools and you want to get the (educational) job done.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2007
Meet with teacher every 20 days, we had very supportive teachers every year. Really helped individualize the learning, do have to do testing, and if want college prep credit, do have to use high school recommended books, daughter loved taking learning center classes and additional vendor classes. Served on ASB, high school offers dances and spirit days. Also a college prep academy program is offered at various learning centers. We really enjoyed the small environment and that the teachers and kids all know each other.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2006
We have homeschooled our 6 children from the beginning and have used many approaches since our onset. Purchasing curriculum has always been an exciting but fretful time of year as we love to get our hands on great learning tools but have increasingly been limited by our budget. As a christian family, we had heard many rumors that using a charter was a poor choice. In every instance these concerns were unfounded. We enrolled in Julian Charter about 4 years ago and have been totally pleased! First, the 'lovely curriculum' is paid for, including art supplies, lessons & classes if we desire. Secondly, my 'Christian' facilitator has assisted me whenever I've needed it without being invasive. 'All' the paperwork is taken care of and am assured that my children's Transcripts are top notch whether they are called to be a Mother, Pastor or Brain Surgeon. This Charter is Splendid!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2005
My children are going on their fourth year of school with Julian Charter School. When I have ever needed questions answered by any of the teachers, facilitor, or administrators they have graciously, in a mannerly time, spoke to me and answered my questions. They have a open door policy. They advocate for my children.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2005
So far I am very impressed with this school they seem to offer so very much with no strings attached.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2005
Julian Charter is a great school for independent study students! A wonderful library has been developed and is available to all students. A wide variety of classes are offered to supplement home instruction as well. Visual and performing arts are supported through class choices and community vendors. The new sports program is also a terrific bonus!

- submitted by a teacher
June 24, 2005
I love my facilitator and the whole staff at Julian. They really care for my child and want the best for her. I am always amazed at how much they accomodate her needs individually.

- submitted by a parent
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Julian Charter School
1704 Cape Horn, Julian, CA  92036
(760) 765-3847
Last modified Julian Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Julian Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top