• Murrieta Canyon Academy & Murrieta Options Academy

    Murrieta Canyon Academy and Murrieta Options Academy serve students in grades 9th-12th in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District.  Murrieta Canyon and Murrieta Options offers a daily program for 10th-12th grade students who need remediation and a smaller classroom environment.

    Co-enrollment opportunities are available to allow students to participate in our CTE programs for Construction or Studio Arts. 

    The small class sizes enable teachers to address a wide variety of learning styles. Dedicated and caring staff and administrators partner with the district's traditional schools to provide each student with a personalized learning experience. Murrieta Canyon Academy and Murrieta Options Academy meet the needs of students seeking a flexible, learner-centered, competency-driven education within a standards-based program. The district approved curriculum is presented in a small and caring environment where students feel comfortable and are encouraged to succeed.

    Whether you're looking for the school year information about our programs, or who to contact on our campus, you'll find answers here.

    In summary, Murrieta Canyon Academy and Murrieta Options Academy serve students in grades 9-12 in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District with a variety of class offerings.
    • Credit Recovery for students in grades 9-12
    • Co-enrollment opportunities for CTE Construction & Studio Arts Courses 
    Murrieta Canyon Academy's Mission:
    • Alternative education through a social emotional learning lens that focuses on learning and growth while meeting individual academic needs by utilizing a menu of educational opportunities. 
    Murrieta Canyon Academy's Vision:
    • Commit to every student, every day, to ensure life readiness!
    Graduation 2021

    History of Alternative Education in Murrieta

    Creekside High School opened  in August 1998.  In 1999, the District started an independent study program for students who needed something other than a traditional classroom setting. By the end of the 2002/03 school year, the demand for the independent study program had grown to the point where there was a waiting list of students. Tenaja Canyon Academy opened in 2003.  

    As the alternative education programs grew to meet the various needs of individual students and families from grades 1-12, district staff proposed merging Creekside High School with Tenaja Canyon Academy.  On June 23, the Board of Education approved the merger and renaming of the alternative education program to Murrieta Canyon Academy.   


    School Campus 

    The campus has 21 classrooms, a computer lab, basketball courts, a library, administrative offices, and a staff lounge.  The school shares a campus with the Murrieta Valley Adult School, Murrieta Options Academy, and the Carpe Diem program. 

    Instructional Goals/Program

    Students are provided with an alternative program which is flexible, learner-centered, competency-driven and standards-based. 

    Graduates meet the 200 credit requirement, and they must complete 40 hours of community service and complete the Senior Exit Interview. These supplemental requirements are in line with the district's comprehensive high schools.


Last Modified on January 30, 2024