San Diego
Explore The Beauty of Southern California

Why San Diego?

  • Amazing Weather

  • Incredible Schools

  • An Active Lifestyle

  • Vocational Opportunities

  • Parks Wildlife Reserves

  • Countless Activities

  • The Beach!

Skyline of San Diego, California from Co.webp

Students Will Be Living in the Beautiful VERGE Apartments

One and Two Bedroom


A Safe Gated Community with Many Amenities including

Multiple pools:  hot tubs, lap pools, and main pools

Community grills

Putting green

Fitness Center


Location, Location, Location!

The Verge apartment building has a complimentary shuttle that runs a non stop loop all day to an from the closest trolley station (grantville 1 mile away) and the Vons grocery store/Starbucks (.25 miles away).

The appealing aspect to the location of The Verge apartments is the central location to mostly everything in San Diego. The beautiful beaches are about 15-20 minutes away, there is a golf course in the backyard of the apartments and many other executive courses throughout San Diego including world famous Torrey Pines located in beautiful La Jolla. As mentioned above, the grocery store, CVS and strip malls are a 5 minute walk away or free transportation with the shuttle.

Vocational Training 

Woman Working in Greenhouse
Studying Before Class

Your time spent at Atlas Life in San Diego can be a great opportunity to take some classes and discover academic success, building up towards the goal of enrolling full time in a four year college.  

A few Possibilities....

  1. Traditional high school and  college preservation and support

  2. Career-Focused Education Hybrid of traditional college classes and apprenticeships 

  3. Entrepreneurship Education 

  4. Education Acceleration 

  5. GAP)Academic deferment for personal growth

  6. Conscience Engineering Courses.

A true hybrid GAP year experience assessing your passions and potential professional futures!  We use personalized career and education counseling to get you out and exploring these different possibilities.

Vocational Education:
Part time and full time work is available starting as close a 5 minute walk from the Verge ranging from restaurants, retail, grocery stores, salons, banking, pet care, landscaping, auto mechanics.

There are two beautiful outdoor malls (Mission Valley and Fashion Valley) just down the road as well with shopping, eating and movie theaters.

Vocational education training:
- ICOHS vocational training college
- Pima medical institute
- California institute of arts and technology
- UTI mechanical school
- Contractors school
- Firefighter academy
- CRAS music production

Educational Options

Some Colleges Include

San Diego State University 

(La Mesa)


- 7 minute drive/trolley ride from The Verge.

- Main areas of study include:
        Business administration
        Health and fitness
        Criminal justice

University of California

San Diego

(La Jolla)

- 20 minute drive/35-45 minute trolley/bus.

- Main areas of study include:

        International & global studies
        Cognitive science
        Bio chemistry

        Computer science

University of San Diego

 (Linda Vista, private)


- 10 minute drive/15-25 minute trolley/bus.
- Main area of study include:
        Business administration

Point Loma Nazarene University 

(Point Loma)

- 25 minute drive/40-50 minute trolley/bus.
- Main areas of study include:
        Child development
        Biological sciences
        Office management

And More!

Community College and General Education


- Mesa community college (Clairemont Mesa)
15 minute drive/30 minute bus.
- Grossmont college (El Cajon)
15 minute drive/30 minute trolley/bus.
- City college (Downtown San Diego)
15 minute drive/40 minute bus

Beach Volleyball

Explore the Beauty of

San Diego

Hiking in Mission Trails regional park can be found just 2.5 miles away and encompasses more than 8,000 acres of both natural and developed recreational areas. It’s rugged hills, valleys and open areas represent a San Diego prior to the landing of Carrillo in San Diego Bay in 1542.

Downtown San Diego is a short 15 minute drive or 35 minute trolley ride. Downtown is the city’s culture hub where you can enjoy the historic Gaslamp Quarter, with a lively dining scene, and Little Italy, lined with trattorias. Performing arts venues include the grand Civic Theatre for opera and bands. On the bay front, there are tall ships at the maritime museum and vintage planes on the USS Midway, plus shops at Seaport Village, waterfront park and the San Diego Padres at stunning Petco Park. The Museum of Contemporary Arts has 20th-century works.

Find yourself in the beautiful Laguna Mountains after just a 45 minute drive from the Verge. Surround yourself in the Jeffrey Pines, Pinyons, and Ponderosas as you hike through endless trails to large open grassy meadows all within the Cleveland National Forest. Mount Laguna offers mountain biking, trail running, overnight tent camping and breathtaking views all the way from Downtown San Diego to Anza Borrego Desert. Sitting at about 6,000 feet elevation at the summit, you can even enjoy sledding in the winter months.

With Mexico only being a 25 minute drive away, it is a great opportunity for cultural immersion. Get the chance to learn a new language, share food with a local, buy hand made jewelry and gifts from the shops. This trip can be done in just a few hours.

Other Activities Include

Surfing, boogie boarding, body surfing, swimming, snorkeling/diving, scuba diving, rock climbing indoor and outdoor, beach/community clean ups, hiking, fishing (salt and fresh water) just to name a few!

Surfing Lessons

Emotional Support Animal Program

The Pacia Life emotional support dog program is a form of experiential education/therapy designed to not only provide our students with the unconditional love and companionship of a support animal but also teach our young adults to be nurturing toward others, to be the caregiver, teacher, to improve self-discipline, emotional regulation and executive functioning in the process.

The Program Includes:

  • Basic care for an existing emotional support animal

  • Obedience training

  • Emotional support training

  • Disability training

  • The selection of a breed from the very beginning 

At Beach With Dog

Utilize this time to broaden your horizons and gain resume building experiences and certifications!  With our our certified life coaches, you will receive one on one support in exploring a variety of different templates focusing on your interests and experiences 

Beach Cleanup

Resume Building Opportunies