We believe that our most important goal in teaching students is to help them to become independent, lifelong learners. We are role models and mentors to our students and guide them to become self-actualized young adults who will make sound decisions affecting their futures. We view our brief time together as a great opportunity to make a positive impact at a critical juncture in their development. Our most cherished core belief is that every student can succeed in a rigorous academic environment through diverse teaching strategies and individualized instruction.
High Bluff Academy was founded in 2002 by Dr. Michael Duoto and Mrs. Jill Duoto.
Dr. Michael Duoto received his PhD in Educational Leadership from the University of San Diego in 2002 and an M.A. in Education Administration from San Diego State University in 1991. He holds both Principal and Superintendent certifications in the United States. He served as high school principal at Singapore American School and the International School of Curitiba, Brazil. He holds a lifetime teaching credential and taught grades 7-12 in the U.S., Colombia, Bolivia, and Japan. He has been an educator and school administrator for over 30 years in some of the world’s finest schools.
Jill Duoto graduated from La Jolla High School and received her B.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and her M.A. in education from San Diego State University. She did her student teaching at Torrey Pines High School in the 1980’s and taught History at Francis Parker High School before moving to Asia with her husband. She holds teaching credentials in English, Social Science, and History. She received her certificate in College Admissions Counseling from the University of California, San Diego. She taught grades 7-12 in international and American schools abroad in Colombia, Brazil, Japan, and Singapore. Ms. Duoto was also Director of Curriculum and Instruction in two schools and has extensive experience with the Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs. She has taught SAT and ACT preparation classes and counseled students and parents about the college admissions process for 15 years. She is a member of the Western Association of College Admissions Counselors (WACAC). In her role as director of High Bluff Academy, Jill has counseled hundreds of local families about the educational needs of their teens and the college admissions process.