About the Academy

Our Commitment to Excellence

Los Pen Academy is an award-winning, public, college-preparatory 3rd, 4th and 5th grade magnet school.

Los Pen Academy was established within the No Excuses University @ Los Penasquitos Elementary and is part of the Poway Unified School District. Los Pen Academy puts learning first. By providing outstanding educators, a strong emphasis on achievement, and an extended classroom learning program, Los Pen Academy prepares students for success both in college and beyond.


Our Mission

The Los Pen Academy is committed to maintaining a school-within-a-school that knows no limits to the academic success of each student. We have one goal: Every student, without exception and without excuse, will be proficient or advanced in reading, language arts, science and math.

Our History

The Los Penasquitos Academy, established in July of 2000 with an initial fourth and fifth grade class,  has now grown to one third, two fourth, and two fifth grade classes. The Academy is a unique 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade magnet program where families choose to have their child attend school for an additional hour each school day. The extended time allows for added emphasis on literacy, science, math, and community building. All teachers carry a cell phone and are available to their students six days a week. We promote a culture of teamwork and camaraderie.  An integral component to the success of our program is the strong emphasis on a student’s development as a responsible, respectful person to prepare them for success in a college setting.

Los Pen Academy, in conjunction with No Excuses University @ Los Penasquitos Elementary,
is the Proud Recipient of the following State and National Awards:

• California Gold Ribbon School , 2016
• California Distinguished School , 2012
• Golden Bell Award for Instruction, 2011
• National Blue Ribbon School, 2011
• Star School by the California Business for Excellence Foundation, 2011
• STEM School by the California Business for Excellence Foundation, 2011
• Innovate Award, 2010
• Title I Academic Achievement Award, 2009-10
• Star School by the California Business for Excellence Foundation, 2009
• Innovation in Education Award, 2008
• National Blue Ribbon School, 2001
• California Distinguished School, 2000


In addition:
• We have been recognized 8 times as a 10/10 school in the Poway Unified School District of 32,000 students.
• Our continued growth as a professional learning community is featured in the nationally recognized book, “Whatever it Takes” by Dr. Rick DuFour