Who We Are


St. Charles Borromeo Parish was established in 1946 by Bishop Charles Buddy to serve the residents of Loma Portal, Liberty Station, and the government housing project in the Midway area. The church complex is directly across from the main gate of the Naval Training Center. The founding pastor, Monsignor Joseph N. Trivisonno, and the original parishioners set out to build a church, a school, and convent. All of this was accomplished in a short space of time, and the newly created Saint Charles Borromeo Parish became a vibrant Catholic community.

Just one year after the founding of the parish, the Academy was established, opening on September 18, 1947, with grades kindergarten through eight. Twelve sisters from an order of religious women from Staten Island, New York, the Daughters of Divine Charity, staffed the school. The Daughters of Divine Charity continued to work at the academy and provided a principal for the school until 1986. Since 1986, Saint Charles Borromeo Academy has employed a lay administrator and faculty.

Over 200 students are presently enrolled in Transitional Kindergarten through Grade 8. Many of our students are the children or grandchildren of alumni of Saint Charles Borromeo Academy and several teachers are alumni as well.

St. Charles Borromeo Academy is fully accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).


Saint Charles Borromeo Academy is an inclusive Christ-centered Catholic community that provides a strong academic curriculum and fosters independent critical thinkers who respond to the needs of others.


SCBA celebrates and encourages each student as a unique child of God and provides a caring environment to nurture student growth.  Supported by the Parish community,  SCBA recognizes parents/guardians as the primary educators of their children in faith development, morality, and academics.  Through a strong academic curriculum  integrated with traditional Catholic values and meaningful community outreach, SCBA produces students who are service oriented, lifelong learners.  

When it comes to our children’s learning experiences, we want them to be engaged… to have time in their school days to explore deeper interested, including their faith… to have opportunities to dialogue with teachers, learn from other students, feel challenged yet capable. Most uniquely, we want them – and all children – to experience that feeling of being known… respected by their teachers in the classroom, greeted warmly by name in passing by staff and administration… welcome in the church by Father John, regardless of the religion into which they were born. This is the environment we look for in a school… and this is the experience we found at SCBA.

SCBA Parent

A St. Charles Borromeo Academy Student is…

An active participant of our Catholic community who:
  • Learns about the Church.
  • Demonstrates respect for self and all of God’s creation. 
  • Shows a spirit of service.
  • Shares the message taught by Jesus.
A responsible citizen who:
  • Understands that actions have consequences.
  • Responds to the needs of others.
  • Accepts differences. 
  • Respects authority.
A problem solver who: 
  • Works independently. 
  • Solves problems peacefully. 
  • Thinks things through carefully. 
A life-long learner who: 
  • Shows an understanding of what is taught.
  • Follows directions.
  • Communicates ideas clearly.
  • Produces original work.

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St. Charles Borromeo Academy

2808 Cadiz Street
San Diego, CA 92110

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