The non negotiable explained

  • Legal resident of the US and California

Students must submit a copy of a California ID, Passport or other legal document verifying legal residency.


  • 16-18 years of age

Students must turn 16 prior to the program start date​ and cannot turn 19 prior to the start date.  Students must turn 16 prior to Jan 10, 2021.  There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this requirement.  You may start the application process if the student is currently 15 and will turn 16 before January 10th.

  • At risk of dropping out of high school or credit deficient

Students must have failed at least 1 class to be considered for acceptance.  We require copies of transcripts (official or unofficial) to evaluate eligibility.

  • Students must be free from felony convictions

An applicant can be on probation, diversion...etc. as long as its for misdemeanor offenses.  If your student has had any legal involvement, you will be required to submit legal documents that explain the offense and outcome.


  • Physically and mentally capable of completing the program

Each applicant will need to complete our sports physical with their doctor prior to acceptance.  Our physical form is located in the Phase 2 application.  Any significant medical issues must be cleared by your physician.  You will know if we need any type of specialist clearance upon completion of the student interview.

  • Must be willing to be drug free

Sunburst is a secure facility and no drugs are accessible to cadets.  However, there are two home passes throughout the residential phase in which the cadets go home for long weekends.  Cadets are drug tested the day they return.  Any failed drug tests result in immediate termination from the program.  

  • Sunburst is a voluntary program. 

Students must want to apply!  Parents cannot force their children to apply.  This program cannot be court ordered or used as an alternative sentencing program.  If any of this is discovered throughout the application process the student will be disqualified.  



4022 Saratoga Ave Bldg. #21
Los Alamitos, CA 90720