The NEU Boot Camp will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego Mission Valley located at 7450 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego, CA 92108.

Parking is available at the hotel for $18/overnight and $8/day self parking.

For those needing hotel accommodations, a discounted room block is available at the DoubleTree. The room rate is $169 single per night, and $179 double per night. Taxes and fees are extra. Continental Breakfast is included with room, one for single/two for doubles. To make a reservation, you may call the hotel at 619-297-5466 or online here. Please reference that you are with No Excuses University. Please book by 12/13/19 to receive the group rate. Reservations made after this date will be at the current room rate as indicated by the hotel.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Diego Mission Valley puts you in the center of San Diego. The adjacent trolley stop offers a ride to the city’s top attractions including QualComm Stadium, San Diego Zoo, Old Town, Little Italy and Gaslamp Quarter. A pedestrian bridge links our hotel to Hazard Center’s eclectic mix of shops and restaurants and we are in walking distance to San Diego’s famed Fashion Valley Mall.

For over 15 years, No Excuses University has been showing schools how to build Six Exceptional Systems as a means to generating extraordinary results for students at every level. In the past, thousands of schools have attended our institutes and began developing these systems at the conclusion of our events. After months, and sometimes years of work, hundreds have gone on to apply online to become official schools and continue to benefit from the resources shared by others within our network from across the country. The NEU Boot Camp offers a unique experience however for schools who have yet to develop their systems, but wish to join our network of schools. Over the next two days, teams of six to ten staff members, led by the school principal, will begin Day One with a willingness to work hard to develop their systems under the umbrella of college and career readiness for all, and leave official NEU Schools at the end of the Day Two.

Please Note: Official NEU Status will only be granted to schools who:
Attend the entire two days of the Boot Camp. Leaving early at the end of day two is not an option. Have a team of between 6 and 10 staff members that is lead by the school principal.

  • Build a Culture of Universal Achievement as the foundation for the way your team collaborates, aligns standards, assesses, manages data, and intervenes with students to address their academic and social/emotional needs.
  • Create an endorsement containing their roadmap for implementing the Six Exceptional Systems that make schools successful.
  • Be coached by a number of NEU professionals from our most successful schools.
  • Learn from and listen to our authors who will offer strategies and ideas to put in place at your schools immediately.
  • Learn how to use the exclusive NEU Connect online platform to benefit from thousands of resources currently being used by those within our network.
  • Leave an official No Excuses University School!

  • Schedule

    Monday, January 13, 2020

    • 7:30 am – 8:30 am Registration and Check In
    • 8:30 am – 10:30 am Talk Session One
    • 10:30 am – 10:45 am Break
    • 10:45 am – 11:45 pm Action Session One
    • 11:45 am – 12:45 pm Lunch – included
    • 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm Talk Session Two
    • 1:45 pm – 2:00 pm Break
    • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Action Session Two
    • 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Team Collaboration
    • 4:30 pm Adjourn

    Tuesday, January 14, 2020

    • 7:30 am – 8:30 am Registration and Check In
    • 8:30 am – 10:30 am Talk Session Three
    • 10:30 am – 10:45 am Break
    • 10:45 am – 11:45 pm Action Session Three
    • 11:45 am – 12:45 pm Lunch – included
    • 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm Talk Session Four
    • 1:45 pm – 2:00 pm Break
    • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Action Session Four
    • 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Endorsement Signing
    • 3:30 pm Adjourn

    Damen Lopez – NEU Founder
    Doug Curry – Author and Associate
    Fran Hjalmarson – Author and Associate
    Tina Schuler – Author and Associate

    You can register online on this page. You may alternatively register via mail or fax by completing and following the instructions on this downloadable registration form (Requires Adobe Reader).Cancellation/Refund requests must be submitted in writing three weeks prior to the event and will incur a 25% fee per registration. Less than three weeks prior to event — no refund.

    San Diego, CA * January 13-14, 2020

    Where: San Diego, CA
    When: January 13-14, 2020
    Cost: $6495 per team (Teams are a minimum of six, max of ten)
    Early Bird: $5995 per team (by 11/1/19)

    Limited to 12 Tables! As of 10/7/19, we are sold out. If you are interested on being placed on the waiting list, contact

    *While in San Diego, if you are interested, there will be an opportunity for attendees to Visit NEU@Los Peñ – Where it All Started. Principal Deanne McLaughlin is excited to host any NEU Boot Camp participants the morning of Wednesday, January 15. You can secure your spot by emailing Deanne at

    Available on backorder