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Tobinworld School

Private | K-12

Our school is best known for our rewarding positive behavior program.
 
 

 
 

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Posted September 21, 2012

This year marks Tobinworld's 35 year serving students with Autism, Learning Disabilities, Emotional Disturbance and Other Health Impairments. Our positive behavior program is noted by the California Department of Education as being the "Best in the State." Our admission policy offers an excellent opportunity for students who have had difficulty being successful in other schools. We believe that our exceptional staff/student ratio (3:1, often 1:1) and exemplary behavior program, based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, affords students the best chance of meeting his or her educational and behavioral goals. Many of our students successfully transition back into the public school system. Others opt to continue at Tobinworld to avail themselves of the many vocational and life skills opportunities provided. Tobinworld is the best Non-Public School in the State as evaluated by the California Department of Education. Noted in the commendations from reviewers are the unique vocational opportunities for students: Tobinworld Treasures, a near campus retail store employing students of Tobinworld teaching customer service, stocking and cash and credit transactions; Baskin Robbins, an on campus reward store managed by students and serving as a job skills bridge to working in a Baskin Robbins in the student's neighborhood as a regular employee; and our Inclusion Films theater arts program, providing students the opportunity to gain insight into the "the Industry" in and around the Los Angeles area. As a very happy employee of Tobinworld who started as a middle school teacher twenty years ago I invite you to visit us at: www.tobinworld.org

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Posted March 27, 2013

Sylvia Lougheed is the principal for the Brill School of Autism, a part of Tobinworld. She is professional, knowelgable, and always takes extra time to address the concerns of parents; best of all, she is bilingual. I can't tell you how great it is to speak with a concerned administrator who can communicate with me without a translator! It matters more than I thought! The opportunites presented by the staff are outstanding and students with Autism are always included in school activities, not something that I found a regular occurance in other schools. If you are looking for an excellent program then Tobinworld, and especially the Brill School of Autism, is the place for you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2013

I never saw an excellent school like this before. If any problem comes up the staff and administration take care of it right away. I am so happy with this school I decided to keep my son here until graduation. I wish I could keep him here longer! Judy Weber, the school director, is outstanding, helpful and caring. If anyone needs Non Public School services Tobinworld is worth the drive no matter what. I've never experienced a school with such caring, qualified and excellent staff in my life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

My son has been attending Tobinworld since July 2003. I am very disappointed in the fact that he is in 9th grade and has hardly been taught any algebra. I am looking into having him mainstreamed next year, and will not have him graduate from a high school that does not even send textbooks home to do homework. His homework is all one page printouts from the computer. This is unacceptable. My son is also to the point where he does not want to go to Tobinworld anymore, and he wants to be part of a normal high school atmosphere. Tobinworld does not even do yearbooks for the kids at the school-- which is a total shame! I am getting very disappointed in the fact that my son is not getting the education that he is supposed to be getting/receiving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2006

The academic curriculum at Tobinworld is very weak. Individual teachers who care do try hard to make due however, and were thankful for the first large shipment of new academic textbooks in approximately 6 years that arrived last year. A true arts program does not exist at Tobinworld, though high school students have access to acting classes. A staff-designed performance program that was successful for several years was cut during one of 2 successive 'budget freezes'. There are sports available consistently. Parents are discouraged from visiting classrooms one minute and encouraged to visit in the next breath. In short, Tobinworld's shortcomings have come to outweigh its strengths in an age where parents have a heightened number of placement options.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 51%
Black 25%
White 15%
Asian 3%
Two or more races 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 20% (2012)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 50% (2012)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 30% (2012)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Los Angeles Community College
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Russian
Spanish
Tagalog
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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
School Leader's name
  • Judy Weber
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • CEC

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Core knowledge
  • GED
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Multi-aged
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special ed
  • Special education
  • Special eduction
  • Vocational education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Culinary
  • Retail/Service

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
Extra learning resources offered
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • USC School of Psychology
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

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Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
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  • Tobinworld is a great place for students of all abilities to try new things, participate in great events, and share their success with a wonderful and supportive staff. Our behavior program is consistent, supportive and motivating. We work very hard to provide students with challenging behaviors an opportunity to make productive choices that help them to become the best version of themselves.
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Los Angeles Community College
College preparation / awareness offered
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
2 year college - 20%
Vocational - 50%
Workforce - 30%
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920 East Broadway Street
Glendale, CA 91205
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Phone: (818) 247-7474

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