Julian Youth Academy

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The Julian Youth Academy (JYA) was a fully accredited, private Christian boarding school located in the mountains of San Diego, California. JYA was a program of Teen Rescue, Inc., a nationwide support service that has helped over 15,000 families since 1989. An all-girls boarding school, JYA helped teen girls in need of regular supervision. JYA provided an individualized education program, coaching, intervention, parent-training support groups, a high staff-to-student ratio, and aftercare support.


The campus burned in 2003.[1] The owners tried to rebuild, but faced legal battles with San Diego County.[2]

As regards an October 2007 hearing conducted by the United States Government Accountability Office, the school was mentioned among the statement presented before the hearing panel.[3][4]

In 2011 a mummified baby was found on one of the campuses. It belonged to a staff member, who told the police that she hadn't fed the baby when it was born.[5][6]

Julian Youth Academy now operates under River View Christian Academy


  1. ^ Teens homeless from Cedar fire, by MEGAN MARSHACK, North County Times, October 31 - 2003
  2. ^ Julian Youth Academy Fire Recovery, Teen Rescue homepage
  3. ^ I support the bill to End Institutionalized Abuse Against Children Act of 2005, a statement from a survivor of the facility
  4. ^ 111th Congress (2009) (Feb 9, 2009). "H.R. 911". Legislation. GovTrack.us. Retrieved Mar 5, 2009. Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2009
  5. ^ Shasta County Woman Arrested in Death of Newborn Archived 2012-06-12 at the Wayback Machine, by: Alan Marsden, KHSL TV, November 8, 2011
  6. ^ Woman held in death of baby found hidden at Christian school, by Robert J. Lopez, LA Times blog, November 9, 2011

Coordinates: 33°02′26″N 116°35′48″W / 33.04056°N 116.59667°W / 33.04056; -116.59667