A year ago I was able to make contact with a Scientologist calling herself "Mother" over at the open section of the Ex-Scientologist Kids message board which has since been deleted. The subject was the Apple School that existed in La Mesa from 1983 to 1984. The address was 4618 Avocado Boulevard; it's wedged between a 7-11 and an veterinarian's office. The building originally was two small storefronts, but it's been many things: auto shop, exterminator, postal shop, a "cash for gold" office....but I first knew it as the dinky Apple School where I wasted six months.
My point in bringing this up is: there were other Apple Schools roaming about the county in that period. A guy wrote in claiming that he had been in a temporary version of Apple School* in Del Mar or El Cajon that was a trailer behind a house. During my period at the School they got their yearbooks and all the photos were in a different building they said was a converted convent in Chula Vista (I think.) Does anybody on this board know what I'm talking about? "Mother" said that the Apple School closed suddenly in 1984; she was not given a refund.
It all fits into a pattern with San Diego Scientology; during the 1970s-1980s they could never stay in the same place, and they were never in operation for long. I have no clue why Apple School moved so much, if there was more than one in the county, what the real story was. So I would love to hear from anybody involved in Apple School in San Diego from whenever it started, or if you were involved in Scientology schools afterward but heard about the Apple School years.
* It sounds like they followed the model laid down by the original Los Angeles Apple School; before the real LA school was in operation, there was a temporary school called Theta Power.
Neither I nor my parents were Scientologists; I needed a place to go after a previous school changed their structure.