San Pasqual Academy

San Pasqual Academy is a first-of-its-kind residential education campus for high school foster youth. San Pasqual offers its students a wide range of support and activities including career services and work experience, sports activities, an agricultural program, computer and graphics training, alumni housing and mentorship of seniors. Since its opening in 2001, San Pasqual has achieved notable success with its program, exceeding average high school graduation rates for the overall population. Its success has attracted attention from government agencies and private nonprofit organizations around the country.

The Academy currently is at its residential capacity of 136 students. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors encouraged the addition of additional residential units so more foster youth could benefit from the program. In the spring of 2006 at the request of Supervisor Ron Roberts, HomeAid San Diego was asked to become involved to help build residential buildings to house 48 additional students, six houseparent apartments and a “commons” building that provides meeting and recreational space for the residents. The project design was completed by Kevin Nivinskus of Studio E Architects with significant input from Supervisor Roberts. The San Pasqual Academy Foundation, a nonprofit organization formed to provide funding for capital needs at the Academy took responsibility for funding the project.

Fairfield Residential agreed to become the Builder Captain, through the efforts of Jerry Brand and Debbie Ruane. Fairfield assembled a construction team lead by Wayne Laliberte, Warren Pedersen as Project Manager for Fairfield Residential, Jeff Bening as Assistant Project Manager, and Virgil Whitehead as Superintendent. The project leads had the support of an entire group of experienced staff each of whom demonstrated the expertise and experience that has made Fairfield successful for over 20 years.

We celebrated the groundbreaking on February, 6, 2008 and as a result of Fairfield’s professional management and the support of the following subcontractors, this project was completed ahead of schedule in mid December 2008.


Population Served:High School Aged Foster Youth
Builder Captain:Fairfield Residential LLC
In-Kind Value:$1,035,600
Total Project Value:$5,000,000
Groundbreaking:February 6, 2008
Dedication:January 27, 2009

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