Our Story

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In 2008 REAL Journey Academies was born,  launched by Alex Lucero and Jason Roberts. They started REAL Journey Academies, with an Educational Philosophy: Beliefs About How Learning Best Occurs. The assumptions underlying the REAL Journey curriculum are that students are in the process of developing the power to reason and they are learning to become responsible and informed contributors to society. 

First, RJA schools are built to believe that learning is best achieved when associated with students’ individual needs, their natural curiosity and their desire to be challenged.

Second, learning encourages risk, requires self-examination and promotes the understanding that humans, while interdependent, must ultimately take responsibility for their own lives. 

Third, learning manifests itself in the joy of discovery, the pride of accomplishment and the satisfaction of personal growth. 

Finally, learning is fostered by supportive relationships with teachers and administrators.

REAL Journey Academies is a network of free K-12 charter schools in the Inland Empire, offering engaging and safe learning environments for students and families.


REAL Journey Academies creates active and involved citizens by focusing on academic achievement, character development, and service to the community. At RJA, administrators, teachers, and parents work as a team to help our students acquire the skills and resources necessary to be successful in high school and beyond.

Our vision is that RJA schools will transform our communities by raising expectations for achievement, offering a high level of opportunity, and educating the next generation of leaders.


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