San Pasqual Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of California

San Pasqual Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of California

Education Department

Our Mission

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The mission of the San Pasqual Education Department is dedicated to honoring ourancestors through education, cultural awareness and personal development for community empowerment, healthy Native families, and a strong, bright future.

The San Pasqual Education Department services San Pasqual tribal members and their families. They are welcome to participate and use the resources and programs offered by the education department.

Students participating in our programs must register annually with the education department. There is a registration   packet that must be completed by the students parent or legal guardian before they can participate in d  epartment programs. Registration packets must be turned in complete and approved by the Director before a start date is given. Additional registration forms may be required for certain programs, such as Children's Center, Young „iipay Movement, and Inter-Tribal Sports.

Center Rules
Students participating in programs sponsored by the San Pasqual Education Department, regardless of the location of the activity, are required to adhere to the following rules also known as the “Big 5”:

  1.  Respect self, others, property, and center 
  2. Keep all body parts and objects to yourself 
  3. Use appropriate language 
  4. Stay in assigned areas 
  5. Maintain a healthy mind, body, and spirit

Fieldtrips and Off-Site Activities
In addition to designing and implementing our own programs, the San Pasqual Education Department collaborates with a variety of outside agencies and programs. Frequently, throughout the year, the education department transports and chaperones students during these activities.

Participants are expected to follow the “Big 5” while off-site. The discipline procedures will be the same regardless of where an activity is held. As a department, we stress to participants that they are representing the San Pasqual tribal community and their families. Participants are expected to be on their best behavior.

For department fieldtrips and programs sponsored by other agencies, additional registration forms and fieldtrip permission slips are required. All fieldtrips are insured with the tribe's insurance.

Computer Lab
The computer lab is open to San Pasqual community members 18 years old or over, Monday through Friday from 9:30 am—12:30 pm and 1:00 pm- 5:00 pm except when scheduled programs are in session. Children's Center is scheduled in the computer lab on Wednesday mornings. Students enrolled in home school, Escondido Charter, independent study, continuation school or other alternative programs can use the computers during the morning hours, unless other arrangements have been made with the Director or Program Manager. Summer hours are subject to change. While using the computer lab students must adhere to the following rules:

  • The computer lab will be available to students only when a staff member is supervising.
  • The computers in the computer lab are only to be used for educational purposes. (Department approved educational games, internet research, and homework).

The `estik Program (0-3 years)
'estik, meaning “little” in Kumeyaay, is a parent and child together class. Schedule To Be Announced. Check monthly calendars for days and times offered. Parents will learn they are their child's first and best teacher! We will be introducing fun and interesting ways to help us understand our new roles as parents. It will also be a great time to gain social support and encourage different types of learning with all of our peers. Some of the focus groups offered will be directed toward developmental stages, being a confident parent, and promoting strong bonds.

Children’s Center (3 - 5 year olds)
The Children's Center will be offered Monday through Thursday 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. This program offers the skills necessary for Kindergarten readiness. Opportunities for exploration, early literacy, culture preservation, and social skills will be part of a daily routine. This promising social environment will promote happy and healthy learning for all. (Children's Center families will receive an additional handbook pertaining to Children's Center classrooms.)

Tutorial Program
The San Pasqual Education Department offers a K-12th grade after- school Tutorial Program Monday through Thursday. Tutorial programs include: homework tutorial, academic enrichment, culture, and life skills.

  • K-3rd grade 2:30-4:30pm
  • 4th-12th 2:30-4:45pm 

* It is the parent/guardian's responsibility to make arrangements to have their child picked up by 5:00pm. After 5:00pm, there will not be any super- vision. If a child has not been picked up by 5:00pm, staff will notify Tribal Security.

In order to participate in the after-school activities, students must attend school that day. Special exceptions are allowed for students enrolled in alternative education programs. Students must be registered with the education department in order to participate in this program.

Students are responsible for bringing their homework on a daily basis. Supervision will only be during program hours.

After a student leaves the facility, they may only return with permission from the Program Manager. Students will be considered released if they leave the building and will not be allowed to return.

The goal of the tutorial program is to provide resources and support to families and their students. If you would like assistance or have any questions about how we can assist your efforts, please contact us.

Inter-Tribal Sports League (ITS)
The San Pasqual Education Department participates in the Inter-Tribal Sports League which includes reservations in San Diego and Riverside Counties. Students who wish to participate in Inter-Tribal Sports must be registered with the San Pasqual Education Department and must fill out an ITS registration form. Inter-Tribal Sports include but are not limited to:

  • Softball 
  • Basketball 
  • Flag-Football 
  • Soccer

Fun Fridays
The San Pasqual Education Department will offer student enrichment activities for K-12th grade students on scheduled Fridays from 2:30- 4:30pm. Activities may include: culture, games, leadership meetings, movies, and sports.

High School Internship Program
The High School Internship Program is for San Pasqual tribal community members that are in 9th-12th grade. The goal of the program is to provide work experience and leadership development to high school students. The interns are expected to be role models and mentors for San Pasqual youth which include being drug and alcohol free and in good standing at school and at the San Pasqual Education Department. The internship is offered three times per year: fall, winter/spring, and summer. Students are required to re-apply for each session that they would like to work. If a student has GPA lower than a 2.0 or a grade of D or lower during internship, the student will be placed on academic suspension and will not be able to work until the grade is raised.

Youth Leadership and College Motivation
UNITY (United National Indian Tribal Youth) is a program designed to promote personal development, citizenship, and leadership among Native American youth. The program also teaches the importance of tribal sovereignty, culture, and tribal government.

KUDER is an internet based software program that helps students and adults achieve their educational and career planning goals. The college visits and conferences are offered in conjunction with the leadership program. Students who attend leadership activities and workshops may apply for participation. Eligible students will be required to complete a separate application. Participants will be selected based on a variety of criteria including, but not limited to, participation, motivation, and leadership meeting attendance.

‘iipaa chepaa Summer Cultural Program
The „iipay chepaa is a summer cultural program offered to students in 1st- 12th grade. Participants learn aspects of traditional Kumeyaay culture such as language, arts and crafts, history, games, dances, and songs. Participation in the „iipay chepaa program requires an additional registration form.

Adult GED/High School Diploma and Computer Class
The Adult GED/High School diploma and computer classes are offered Tuesdays from 9:00-11:00am and Fridays from 9:30-11:30am in collaboration with the Escondido Adult School. The class is taught by a credentialed adult education instructor. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Escondido Adult School for more information at (760)739-7300 or refer to monthly calendars at the education department.



2015-2016 K-12th Registration Packet click here

2015-2016 Children's Center Pre-K Program Packet  click here

2015-2016 Children's Center Handbook Policy  click here

2015-2016 Math Workshop Form click here

2015-2016 SPED Student Handbook click here

2015-2016 ITS Registration Packet click here


Contact Information

San Pasqual Education Department
16152 Kumeyaay Way
Valley Center, CA 92082
Phone: 760-751-1474
Fax: 760-751-1475 

 Department Staff:

Lorraine Orosco,
Executive Director

Armando Martinez
Armando Martinez, 
Cultural Instructor

Deana Martinez,
Program Coordinator

Sabrina Caputto, 
Administrative Assistant




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