You'll notice the positive reviews are prior to the new head of school taking over. Unfortunately, many changes transpired once he started. The other reviewer is correct, Park Century has lost its heart. The therapeutic aspect that made the school so special, is gone. The individualized focus is following close behind. It is a very different school than it once was.
Although this school specializes in learning disabilities, they are lacking HEART, which is vital in helping children who have been traumatized in other regular school settings. We had a very uncomfortable experience attending this school and, being one of the most expensive special education schools on the west coast, you would expect a lot more patience and empathy.
My son fully escalated at this school because they created multiple systems of discipline using green, yellow and red cards based on their behavior levels. Additionally, the Dean of students openly and verbally judged my child's behavioral challenges as, "mean spirited" and the head of school told me that my son was "annoying." How can you develop compassion, caring and empathy in children, especially children who have been emotionally challenged, when you judge or label them?
I believe they need to fully understand the emotional state of a child with special needs, create an environment to help them feel safe and practice empathy in order to bring out the true nature of these children.
After struggling in the public school system to get appropriate services for my son for 3 years, we finally realized that we would never receive the services that would allow him to learn. This school specializes in teaching children with normal to above average cognitive abilities who have specific learning disabilities that interfere with the learning process. Thank God for Park Century...without the school, I'm sure my son would have reached a state of chronic depression.