Sunburst Youth ChalleNGe Academy

Sunburst Youth ChalleNGe Academy Rescue Youth

What Is Sunburst Youth ChalleNGe Academy?

The Sunburst Youth ChalleNGe Academy provides free high school education to young boys and girls through a partnership with the Department of Education in Orange County, California, United States of America. It offers a 5.5 months residential program, which follows military style training. Students who take part in the program obtain 55 credits in a high school curriculum. They also develop academic, cooperation, and leadership skills together with improvements in confidence, pride, and self-esteem.

To be accepted in Sunburst, each young boy or girl must be between 16 to 18 years old, a legal resident/citizen of USA and resides anywhere in San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, Los Angeles, and Imperial counties. He/she must be at risk of dropping out or is already a dropout in high school; drug free; emotionally, mentally, and physically able; no felony convictions/adjudications, currently on trial, or waiting for trial; and a volunteer to the program.

The Sunburst Youth ChalleNGe Academy Program

Sunburst can provide a high school diploma to a deserving student provided he/she meet the requirements for graduation. Teachers and counselors evaluate his/her progress throughout the program in order to ensure that he/she attends classes regularly in order to maximize his/her potential so that he/she can pass the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) and the General Education Development (GED).

Sunburst offers courses like Physical Education, Science, Mathematics, Social Science, and Language/English Arts. Electives like Government and Yearbook Production are also offered. In the second semester, Job Shadowing is offered so that each participant can obtain academic credit for his/her work experience in the community. A Special Education program is also designed for those participants with learning disabilities. An instructional assistant and special education teacher are present to assist a participant who is not functioning according to his/her grade level. Each participant can also take part in classes like STD/HIV Awareness, Tobacco Cessation, Situational Decision Making, and Anger Management. Depending on his/her needs, the academy can help him/her to enroll in a community college, enter the job market or military, or earn a CHSPE or GED.

Sunburst actually ensures that each participant develops according to the core components set by the National Guard Foundation: physical fitness, community service, hygiene and health, life coping skills, academic excellence, job skills, responsible citizenship, and followership/leadership.

(Mailing Address)
Sunburst Youth Academy
P.O. Box 2980
Los Alamitos, CA 90720-2980


(Physical Address)
Sunburst Youth Academy
Joint Forces Training Base
4022 Saratoga Ave, Bldg 21
Los Alamitos, CA 90720

Admissions:  562.936.1750 or 877.463.1921

Habla Espanol?  Puede llamar SGT Marquez @ 562-936-1764.

Fax:  562-375-6194



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Most of the programs listed on this website are not regulated by the federal government, and many are not subject to state licensing or monitoring as mental health or educational facilities, either. A 2007 Report to Congress by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found cases involving serious abuse and neglect at some of these programs. Many programs advertise on the Internet and through other media, making claims about staff credentials, the level of treatment a participant will receive, program accreditation, education credit transfers, success rates, and endorsements by educational consultants. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation's consumer protection agency, cautions that before you enroll a youngster in a private residential treatment program, check it out: ask questions; ask for proof or support for claims about staff credentials, program accreditation, and endorsements; do a site visit; and get all policies and promises in writing. Click here for questions to ask before you enroll your child in any program.