New Dawn High School, Day Treatment Program

Program Description 

New Dawn Wolverines

New Dawn High School, a day rehabilitation program, is an alternative high school for students whose underlying mental health issues impede their ability to benefit from an education within a comprehensive school setting.

The goal of the program is to offer sufficient educational supports to enable the student to return to a more traditional school environment. Following a period of stabilization of symptoms and behavior, students are eligible for dual enrollment at a comprehensive setting. Students will participate in course work and social activities at this site in the morning, and then return to New Dawn for additional academic periods and therapy. Dual enrollment allows the student to acclimate to a less restrictive setting, while maintaining educational and mental health supports. Students who continue to demonstrate academic success and stability for the duration of dual enrollment will be fully transitioned to the comprehensive setting.

Program Services

New Dawn High School, day rehabilitation program, provides a comprehensive learning environment in conjunction with intensive mental health treatment. Students benefit from small classroom settings and individual counseling to facilitate learning and classroom behavior.

Following the academic periods, the students participate in afternoon mental health activities which assist students in developing the necessary skills to be successful in the school, home and the community environments.

The program consists of a multidisciplinary team of teachers, therapists, rehabilitation specialists, nurses and psychiatrist who work collaboratively to:

  • Promote positive socialization
  • Develop pro-social coping skills
  • Facilitate behavior management
  • Foster academic ability and success

Mental Health Services

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Recreation therapy
  • Positive therapeutic behavioral system
  • Case management
  • Crisis intervention
  • Psychiatric consultation

Additional District Supportive Services

  • Speech and language services
  • Occupational therapy
  • Vocational therapy
  • School psychologist


Students are referred to the program following a mental health assessment and in conjunction with the District's IEP process. All services outlined in the student's IEP will be provided onsite. Supportive services will be coordinated with the student's case manager and support staff.

New Dawn campus

Contact Us

Jeanne Moran, MFT
[email protected]
5650 Mt. Ackerly Dr.
San Diego, CA 92111
Phone: (858) 302-3340

Monday through Friday 7:30 am- 4:30 pm (after hour appointments are available)

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