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Ocean Discovery Institute

  • Ocean Discovery Institute
  • 2211 Pacific Beach Drive
    Suite A
  • San Diego, CA 92109
  • 858.488.3849
  • Christina Contreras
  • College and Career Coordinator

Program Description

Ocean Discovery Institute uses ocean science to empower young people from underserved urban communities to transform their lives, their community, and our world as scientific and conservation leaders. Working in the San Diego community of City Heights, we deliver rigorous educational, scientific research, and environmental stewardship experiences that build curiosity, science understanding and skills, and leadership in underserved young people from kid to career.

Success Stories

In 2011, Ocean Discovery was honored by the White House with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • Community service/service hours
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 1077
  • Middle School: 808
  • Elementary School: 1615
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk


  • Less than 25%

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 95%
  • 4-yr College Graduation: 70%