Our exceptional programs focus on each individual’s learning experience.

Since our academic program began 20 years ago, teachers in our area schools have noticed improved grades and higher test scores among Casa’s students. Casa parents stay actively involved through our parent education classes, quarterly family activities and volunteer opportunities.

All programs below are held at the Casa facilities on the Solana Beach Presbyterian Church (SBPC).


Study Companions Program

Our cornerstone Study Companions Program pairs trained tutors/mentors with underserved children in grades K-12 in North County San Diego. During the weekly sessions at Casa de Amistad, we help students accomplish homework assignments in a timely & complete manner, improve their reading & math skills and develop general study skills.

DREAMS + Tech Initiative

The purpose of the Study Companion’s DREAMS+TECH initiative is to increase the time low-income, underserved students have access to Design, Research, Engineering, Art, Math, Science, and Technology activities outside of school hours. STEM-focused enrichment activities are offered to all students in preschool through twelfth grade. We are also working to close the digital divide that exists in our community by making technology accessible to all students and parents.

Summer Enrichment Program

A fun, educational environment for students in grades K-6 to foster learning during summer break. Through research projects supplemented by our DREAMS + Tech Initiative and educational field trips to places like the San Diego Zoo, we keep our students learning, growing, and engaged over the summer.

Music Classes

Casa de Amistad approached SDYS in 2014 about incorporating music instruction in its afterschool program. The two organizations launched their partnership in January 2015 by providing free music instruction on string instruments for 20 students. The musicians meet twice a week for one-hour of group instruction. The students perform at local events in North County and in San Diego. Casa de Amistad funds the cost for SDYS to provide the Teaching Artist, materials, and loan and maintenance of instruments.