JCS Manzanita offers a co-ed middle and high school athletic program to students in grades 6 -12 in both JCS affiliated and non-affliliated schools.  Sports programs offered include Flag Football (fall), Volleyball (late fall), Basketball (winter), Arena Soccer (spring), and Ultimate Frisbee (late spring).


The purpose of the JCS Manzanita Athletic Program is to provide students with an opportunity to: (a) be physically active, (b) have fun, (c) build strong character and values, (d) develop sportsmanship, (e) strengthen self-confidence, (f) learn and refine sports skills, (g) make new friends, (h) promote teamwork, and (i) experience healthy competition.


The JCS Manzanita Athletic League began more than ten years ago under the umbrella of Julian Charter School with participation from the following JCS academy programs: Alpine, Murrieta, Pine Valley, North County, and San Diego Academies.  Flag football, basketball, and indoor soccer were the sports offered.  Games were played at the Rancho Bernardo Recreation Center (football and basketball), and the La Mesa Indoor Soccer Center (indoor soccer).  At the high school level, Alpine won league titles in flag football and soccer.  San Diego was the basketball champion. In the middle school division, San Diego was crowned league champion in all sports.

Year two had Murrieta winning the high school division in both flag football and basketball.  San Diego took the indoor soccer title.  At the middle school level, San Diego repeated as champion in all three sports.

Year three added volleyball to the mix, bringing the sports offered to four.  Murrieta dominated all sports at the high school level while San Diego did the same in the middle school division.

Participation numbers have continued to grow so that approximately 230 students were participating in at least one sport by the end of the 2012-2013 school year.  During this time span, Murrieta's middle school and high school teams have captured multiple titles, the Phoenix Learning Center has become a middle school powerhouse, San Diego's middle school and high school teams have excelled in flag football, volleyball, and indoor soccer. 

During the past few years, Other charter schools have been added to the high school athletic program including Dehesa Charter School, Pacific View Charter School, Diego Hills Central Charter School, Diego Valley Charter School, Innovation Charter, Pacific Coast Christian Prep, Thrive Public Schools, and The Learning Choice Academy.

The 2019-2020 school year marks the 13th year of athletic competition for participants in the JCS Manzanita Athletic League.  We look forward to another year of great sportsmanship and competition that has been the hallmark of JCS sports.