After trying 3 different schools (2 private, 1 Irvine public), we found New Vista School. Our child started at the school in sixth grade. (high functioning autistic/Aspergers). The school staff and administration designed a unique program to meet the specific special needs of our child with focused goals and benchmarks that are continuously assessed. Our child has made significant progress beginning in the 1st year of attendance. Some of the goals: managing anxiety to clear a path to achieve academic goals and reach this child's potential and form social connections and relationships, developing social skills and being able to work with peers in and out of school, supporting our family and our parenting skills to achieve a better outcomes for our child. We are a team with the school and that is so beneficial to our family. We evaluate the school on a year-by-year basis and continue to have our child attend and have been reaping the rewards of New Vista School and the passionate administration and teaching staff. They are completely dedicated to the success of students, constantly seeking cutting-edge educational and behavioral tools to assist and support all of the students. Our child is currently taking high school classes as well as community college classes in the 10th grade and excelling based on the support of New VISTA School. Not only has our child learned new successful behaviors and improved academically, our family life has improved as well and is happier. The Director of Students is remarkable in her ability to support and empower the students and families! She has an advanced degrees (Masters w Spec Ed and Ed. Specialist post grad degree) Her passion for the student' success permeates the school! We are grateful to have found New Vista School where they help children with high functioning autism/Aspergers and their families have better quality of life! Thank you!
New VISTA School addresses it immediately and effectively. It is a process and the staff is focused and diligent about deterring any bullying and supporting change within the student body in regards to bullying.
The director of student is outstanding and very qualified including infants degrees in special ed. Her leadership and training of the teaching staff and her support of the students is remarkable. She brings about positive change For the students, families and the staff.
New Vista School is a place where my child is actually taught and respected, and where she is now thriving. My daughter has been at New Vista for 3 years and it has literally saved her life. In the public school, my daughter was allowed to sleep through class. The teachers meant well but they had absolutely no expectations for her! At NV, she is reading, writing, doing math, loving science and even making friends. She finally is having a "normal" life. Thank you New Vista!
The whole point of sending your child on the spectrum to a special school is to minimize the bullying due to their disability. All the children here have various "issues". They support each other and help each other overcome their disabilities. My daughter gets reminded to stop her repetitive behaviors by other students - because they care about her and want her to succeed.
With a 5 to 1 student teacher ratio, the school is perfectly suited to tailor learning to each student. That is how they are able to maintain a WASC accreditation and give students a "real" high school degree upon graduation.