• Murrieta Canyon Academy

    Murrieta Canyon Academy serves students in grades K through 12 in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District.  Murrieta Canyon offers a daily program for 9th through 12th grade students who need remediation and a smaller classroom environment and a K-12 independent study program with a tiered attendance program that offers flexibility to students at the elementary, middle and high school level.   Co-enrollment opportunities are available so students may access programs at comprehensive school sites as well.  These programs provide students a viable alternative to the traditional school with an academically challenging program in an environment that is small, personal, creative, and caring. 

    The small class sizes and independent study program 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.  
    Graduation 2021
    Murrieta Canyon Academy will 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. Click here to download a brochure with more information about Murrieta Canyon Academy.

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


    History of Alternative Education

    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.   

    MCA Quad 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 Education program 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. The program promotes 21st century learning, using California State standards through project-based curriculum within a blended learning environment. 

    Graduates meet the 210 credit requirement and they must complete 40 hours of community service, pass the California High School Exit Exam and complete the Senior Exit Interview. These supplemental requirements are in line with the district's comprehensive high schools.

Last Modified on August 17, 2021