Private Schools: Special Education

See also:

Educational Options Scenarios

Private Schools: Alternative Education
School Directories and Guides – National, State and Local – for all non-public schools and programs


Bay Area Private Schools Online Guide to Special Education
Offers listings and links for private special education schools and programs in 11 Bay Area counties, a message board, as well as lists on: resource and support organizations for learning disabilities, summer camps, specialists list, and message board.

California Association of Private Special Education Schools (CAPSES)
Access their Membership Directory, which is a listing of member nonpublic schools in California and brief descriptions.
Search for a school here:

Greater San Francisco Bay Area Schools

The Bridge School
545 Eucalyptus Avenue, Hillsborough, CA
Well-known school which offers education for students with significant challenges in speech and language  as well as physical impairments, and offers a program using assistive technology and augmentative and alternative communication systems, with extensive involvement from the community and families of the students.

Esther B. Clark School (Children’s Health Council)
“Non-public setting designed for children between the ages of eight and 16 who have difficulty functioning at school due to behavior problems associated with severe emotional disabilities, many with accompanying learning disabilities, speech or language disorders or occupational therapy needs.”

The Morgan Autism Center – School Program
Phone – 408.241.8161
From their website:”For students on the autism spectrum whose education needs are not fully met by existing public school programs, Morgan Autism Center provides an individualized school program.  A high staff-to-student ration with one to one or small groups is the cornerstone of our approach.”

Oak Hill School
Office: 415-457-7601
Joy Leighton, Director of Administration
phone: 415-457-7601
Serves students with autism spectrum disorders, neurodevelopmental challenges and other special needs, using an integrated, developmentally focused, therapeutic educational environment.

PACE Pacific Autism Center for Education
PACE School & Administrative Offices
1880 Pruneridge Ave, Santa Clara, CA
Email to Jack Brown, Office Manager:
Offers early intervention, elementary, high school and adult education for people with autism, as well as a residential and adult day program.

Sand Hill School (at Children’s Health Council)
Private school offering a specialized learning environment for children in grades K-3 who are bright but who are struggling learners.   Sand Hill School School collaborates with Children’s Health Council’s child development specialists, such as educational specialists, art therapists, behavior specialists, psychologists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists to get students ready to transition to traditional school settings.

Second Start Program (at Pine Hill School)
325 Bouret Drive, San Jose, CA 95118
Second Start is a nonprofit organization that provides specialized academic, transitional, and/or therapeutic services to disadvantaged, at risk children and young adults who are challenged by learning and social or emotional differences, such as Asperger’s Syndrome and other related conditions.

Stellar Academy for Dyslexics
38325 Cedar Blvd, Newark, CA  94560
510 797-2227
Day school for children with dyslexia, which uses the sequential and multi-sensory Slingerland® approach for language arts and as a base for all other other content areas.

Monterey/Santa Cruz County

The Bay School for Autism Spectrum Students
5400 Soquel Avenue, Suite F, Santa Cruz, CA
(Intensive ABA day program for ASD students ages 3-21)

255 Swift Street, Santa Cruz, CA
Private school for students with severe behavioral challenges, such as autism or mental health disorders.

Chartwell School
2511 Numa Watson Road, Seaside, CA 93955
Private day school program for children with Learning Disabilities, who learn in small classes with specialized instruction.

Coryell Autism Center
111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Provides specially-designed educational services to people with autism between the ages of 14 and 22.  Offers school with transitional curriculum to help young people with autism to participate in their homes, in the community, and in mainstream life to the fullest extent possible.  Collaborates with educational organizations, state programs and post-education service providers.  Online resource directory.

Listen School
812 Sumner Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Private School for autistic teens and young adults.

New High School Project at Chartwell School
2511 Numa Watson Road, Seaside, CA 93955
(831) 393-8004
A special school that works to customize education for students who may have struggled in a traditional educational setting, with challenges such as learning differences or other difficulties.  Small classroom size, with emphasis on differentiated instruction.

Pinnacle Learning Academcy
Offers a “multi-sensory tailored curriculum for struggling learners with social, attention, and learning differences who are bright but challenged in a conventional classroom.” Uses alternative methods such as: Orton-Gillingham Methodology, Barton Reading and Spelling Systems, TouchMath, Times Tales and Making Math Real, Read Naturally, Kidspiration and other programs, in a supportive environment.  Serves Central Coast communities in Salinas, and as far as Monterey and Santa Cruz.