How to Apply

The next class begins on July, 2022.  Enrollment will start on February 2022. To join our Academy, first make sure you meet the basic Eligibility Requirements:

* You must Volunteer for the program
* 16-18 years old (must be 16 by the first day and cannot turn 19 before the start of the program)
* Legal resident of the United States and of California, DACA is accepted.
* Students at-risk of dropping out of high school or credit deficient
* Students free of felony charges and no pending court proceedings

- If you live in Central California, please contact our sister academy the Grizzly Youth Academy.
- If you live in Southern California, please contact our other sister academy the Sunburst Youth Academy.

Now that you have cleared the basics of eligibility and where you live, here is the three-step process in order to apply to Discovery ChalleNGe Academy.



The APPLICANT must attend an ORIENTATION. Parents/Guardians are highly encouraged to attend as well. This is the first step in the admissions process. After you have attended an Orientation, you will be given an interview time and date. You do not need to complete your application prior to the Orientation if your student is unsure if they would like to attend. The application, however, must be completed prior to the scheduled interview.

Click Here to signup for our next mandatory orientation.


Complete the full APPLICATION. Once you fill out the initial questionnaire, we will review it. Once reviewed and approved, you will receive another email asking you to complete the full application so make sure to check your emails and spam folder. Incomplete applications WILL NOT be considered until they are completed. Mentor Applications can be submitted later in the application process. After completing the online application, you will need to download and complete the Sports Physical and Power of Attorney. Once those are complete, you have two options to turn them in. Option one is to click here to log into your application and upload your documents. Option two is to simply bring a copy to your interview.

Complete Online Application

Download Checklist/Physical

Download Medical Power of Attorney



You must have a PERSONAL INTERVIEW. Interview dates are only given once you attend an Orientation. The dates are given out on a first-come-first-served basis. You must have a COMPLETED application at the time of your interview.

Remember, you are applying for to attend an Academy that is free but has an estimated cost of $22,000 per cadet to the State of California and the Department of Defense. Dress appropriately.

Once you have completed the above steps, the "acceptance process" begins. The Academy will review all applications and then contact each applicant on whether they have been accepted or not. The acceptance call or denial letter will be done shortly before the next class begins.


Have any questions? The best way to get an answer is:

Phone: 916-616-7364

Applying to Discovery is FREE. If you need assistance in filling out any of the application forms our staff is readily available to provide assistance!