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Citizens Academy

The City of Carlsbad Citizens Academy is a free, seven-week program designed to help Carlsbad residents learn about their city government. Citizens Academy is held twice a year, in the spring and fall, on consecutive Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with the exception of one midday session that includes a citywide bus tour at noon.  

Participants Will:

  • Meet City Council members, department heads and staff
  • Learn how decisions are made, how funds are allocated and how departments operate
  • Enjoy comprehensive overviews of city departments, programs and services
  • Receive information on topics such as: plans for development, traffic, growth management, recreation, the environment and more
  • Participate in lively discussions and interactive group activities
  • Visit and/or tour city facilities
  • Become an informed, involved citizen

Register Now

Citizens Academy is held twice a year, in the spring and fall.  Please review the current schedule for more information on the upcoming Citizens Academy.  Applications are accepted year-round, and participants are chosen on a first-come, first-served basis.   

Citizens Academy is free to Carlsbad residents 15 years and older. Class size is limited, and spaces fill up quickly. Please call 760-434-2800 for more information and registration.  Completed applications should be returned to:

Carlsbad Citizens Academy
City Council Office
1200 Carlsbad Village Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Fax: 760-720-9461

Applicant Reminders:

  • The Citizens Academy Program is provided for Carlsbad residents
  • Applications and required forms need to be submitted prior to participation
  • Accepted applications will receive confirmation of enrollment from city staff
  • Applicants not accepted for the current session will be placed on an enrollment list for future sessions
  • Applicants need to be 15 years or older 
  • Substitute attendees are not allowed