Our son is a high school student at Sterne. The teachers are accessible and push him to his highest potential while supporting him while he navigates through social issues. Already in 10th grade, both teachers and counselors are exposing us to colleges and strongly encouraging early exploration. Sterne is WASC certified and also UC A-G certified, so our son has the potential to go anywhere he can get accepted. We are so grateful for the support of administrative staff and faculty. Big school goals with small school advantage. A place where everyone knows our son. It is so special to be at a school where our kids with LD are the center of the stage and not on the periphery. We are so grateful to have Sterne for our son and family.
Our son is learning his subject matter and connects to what the teachers convey. We hear stories from the classroom all the time and in particular those where teachers share their personal stories to make a point. They know how to reach our kids. Other schools don't have this type of leadership in LD.
Sterne focuses on self awareness and advocacy and the teachers and staff respond with an even hand to honesty and integrity. They are specially trained in responding to kids with differences and have multiple ways of addressing our kids. This results in fair and customized treatment for all.
Please note non of the reviews are before 2013. Sterne's excellent for children on the spectrum. But not for kids who are "normal" socially and have dyslexia/ADD/dysgraphia. Sterne decided years ago to discontinue being an NPS ( non public school approved by districts ) Many of the teens who fit the "non spectrum" mold were forced to hang out and sit with non friends that were spectrum disordered at lunchtime, despite their protesting against it . Despite being assured the opposite: The high school had a high percentage of spectrum kids. This was a serious problem for the NON spectrum children who were punished for expressing frustration and anger with "spectrum" children who were loudly disturbing classroom time .In many classes the amount of work done was below par, frequently only a few pages of reading a week. After one semester ( 12K) most of the credits from Sterne were NOT accepted by another mainstream school. children or parents who complained were either subtly threatened or expelled from the school. Insist on 4 + contacts for NON spectrum families at Sterne Highschool pre 2013.
High school options for East Bay students with Learning Differences are very limited. Sterne School's new high school is a great choice for East Bay families as the school is located on Valencia Street in SF, just a 10 minute walk from the 16th & Mission BART stop. My son has grown in independence, street smarts, self-confidence and simply learning how the world works with this new responsibility of getting himself to school. Sterne faculty and staff rotate daily and provide an escort for those students both to and from the BART station. In addition to the praises sung in the reviews below, commuting on BART has been yet another step in my son learning to be a productive citizen in our society.