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18341 Lassen Drive
Santa Ana, CA 92705

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(714) 538-4511
(714) 538-5004
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June 16, 2015
My child has been at Prentice for 4 years now. I could not be happier with the quality of the program, teachers, staff, and administration. Before Prentice, my son hated going to school. He struggled in the classroom and felt badly about himself. Since coming to Prentice his reading and writing has improved, as has his self confidence. I am very grateful to have found Prentice. I cannot imagine where my son and family would be without it.

- submitted by a parent

June 16, 2015
Prentice teaches in a way that my child understands. The teachers and staff are caring and compassionate. Everyone is there for the good of the kids. It's the first time in a long time that my child looks forward to going to school and comes home smiling. My family is so fortunate to have found Prentice. We couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a community member

June 11, 2015
Prentice is the only school of its kind in Orange County. Ask around for another school that is fully accredited by WASC and Certified by The State of California as a Nonpublic School for students with an IEP. They have both credentialed special education and general education teachers and a team of specialists. My child has struggled for years and the public school offered little support. I am glad that I found Prentice.

- submitted by a parent

June 09, 2015
With her decades-long background in education and dyslexia, Carol Clark had a deep understanding of the emotional journey and dedication of Prentice families, many of whom sacrifice financially, commute long distances, and volunteer many hours. This mutual respect between parents and the administration created a sense of community, camaraderie, and partnership with the school. In sharp contrast, the new leadership seems inexplicably adversarial, even counseling parents for their attitudes and for voicing their opinions -- as if they were employees or petulant teenagers. In my opinion, the disbanding of the Parent Alliance will even further limit parents’ input, involvement, and opportunities to ask questions, when other schools encourage just the opposite. To be fair, anyone would have a tough time walking into the top leadership position of a specialized school with a business degree, an 11-year career break and no experience with learning disorders (according to the iRelaunch bio). But, I believe that being so dismissive of parents whose daily lives are impacted by their children’s learning issues - and who pay $20,000 a year - lacks basic business (and common) sense.

- submitted by a parent
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May 22, 2015
As Executive Director I am glad to have the opportunity to address the specific comments about our wonderful school posted by a parent on May 4, 2015. There is not space here to address everything, and anyone who would like to discuss any or all of these topics should feel free to reach out to us and we would be thrilled for the opportunity to discuss our school. Prentice is now, as it has been for its 30+ year history, devoted to children with learning differences, with a strong focus on children with language learning challenges, often called dyslexia. To be sure, our earliest marketing focused on dyslexia, and in recent years we have adjusted that message to reflect the broader set of challenges that we have always addressed. There has been no change in our goals or mission. A foundation of our educational process has been a teaching method known as Slingerland, and it has served our students extraordinarily well over the years. We remain as committed today to the use of this effective tool as we have been for the past three decades, and are thrilled that our well-respected prior director, Carol Clark, continues to lead our Slingerland teacher training. For decades, Prentice served as a nonpublic school, accepting students from school districts who determined they could not fulfill their needs. Several years ago the faculty at Prentice felt the demands of the school districts were interfering with our ability to serve our students, so we gave up our status as a nonpublic school. Last year, we became confident that we could once again serve as a nonpublic school and are proud to renew our partnership with public school systems in the education of children who are best served by the wonderful faculty at Prentice, and our specialized programs. Prentice is growing enrollment, extremely strong financially, and improving every day. Just this month we received a six-year renewal of our accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the maximum possible accreditation period and a great vote of confidence in our program from a third party. We always encourage all existing Prentice parents to take advantage of our open door policy, where any questions about our operations can be answered. And we encourage any parent seeking a solution for their child’s learning challenges to contact us to learn more.

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May 22, 2015
My experience at this school has been excellent! It is amazing to see how children start smiling all over again and wanting to attend school. That is the greatest testimonial any school could ever get.

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Teacher effectiveness: no rating
May 22, 2015
The teachers are very effective at this school. It is obvious that they love what they do and are very committed to the mission of the school. They love to work with Prentice students.

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Amount of homework: no rating
May 22, 2015
It is a fair amount of homework that varies by the child's grade level and it is designed to help the student have a successful experience, not a frustrating one.

- submitted by a school leader
Develops grit: no rating
May 22, 2015
Yes. Prentice challenges its students to develop their full potential as students and global citizens.

- submitted by a school leader
Develops respect: no rating
May 22, 2015
Yes. Our Schoolwide Learner Outcomes are: Be a good citizen; be a critical thinker, be a creator and an innovator, be an effective communicator and collaborator, be a self-directed learner, be technologically proficient.

- submitted by a school leader
Develops empathy: no rating
May 22, 2015
Definitely. Prentice is a warm, nurturing and caring community that focuses on students' strengths while addressing their academic and social needs.

- submitted by a school leader
Develops honesty: no rating
May 22, 2015
We have been changing the lives of children and their families for decades, and remain more devoted than ever to fulfilling our mission of preparing our students to become great citizens and life-long learners.

- submitted by a school leader

May 04, 2015
In 2013, well-respected director, Carol Clark, retired from Prentice - formerly a school for those with dyslexia. Parents should ask: Is Prentice now a nonpublic school, accepting special needs children from public school districts? Are IEP s and free speech therapy offered to those who pay privately? Why did previous principals, psychologists, many teachers and office staff leave? What happened to the parent guild, the high school, and librarian? What was the annual enrollment for the last 5 years? Can I get references for those who attended Prentice during the transition? Where does the school explicitly state its class sizes, services/programs, field trips, teacher credentials, types of special needs, behavioral plans, tuition increases? Why does the handbook now state: If a parent/guardian has a concern about their own child, they are to go to the principal to discuss the matter not other parents. What is the definition of parents actions that impair a positive and constructive relationship resulting in the child s dismissal? Is Slingerland still a core class? What is the financial viability of the school?

- submitted by a parent

November 10, 2011
My 8th grade son is dyslexic and has some other learning differences and so far 2 months at the school and we see improvement. We commute very far to get there. Wish they'd expand to the Malibu area!!

- submitted by a parent

January 22, 2010
I have two children at the Prentice School this year. My son is doing fabulous - due to the extremely small class sizes, nurturing and caring teachers, amazing hands-on curriculum and overall structure of the school. He is now at his 3rd year at Prentice and we couldn't be more pleased. My daughter is in the Pre-K program. Wow - what an amazing program it is. Too bad I didn't send my son there for Pre-K. I would recommend this school to everyone. I don't feel that you need to be dyslexic to be in a hands-on enviornment with great teachers who care and treat each child with complete respect. This is the best school.

- submitted by a parent

March 31, 2009
Our daughter started 7th grade at Prentice last Fall. Overall her reading skills have improved dramatically and her self-confidence has returned immeasurably! The admin and teachers care a great deal about the students they serve and work tirelessly to provide not only a great education but interesting field trips and guest speakers. Prentice doesn't see their student body as 'damaged' as public schools do, but rather, they see them as different learners that need to find the ways they learn best and give them the skills they need to succeed in a word-oriented society. I wish we had found Prentice sooner, but the two years our daughter will have there will be better than none!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
November 04, 2008
Our son and daughter attended Prentice. Our son is now attending community college and our 9th Grade daughter attends Brehm Preparatory School in Carbondale IL. The small class size and concerned, properly trained staff at Prentice helped both children

- submitted by a parent

February 29, 2008
Our third grade son has been at the Prentice School now for 5 months and wow what a difference. He actually loves going to school everyday. The kids are really all sweet, it is like a big family. The academics are amazing. My son is doing science experiments that I think some Public High Schools don't even attempt. I am so impressed. My biggest regret is that I didn't send him sooner. The teachers are amazing. They really care about the kids progressing. I can't even say enough fabulous things about this school. My son is finally blooming!

- submitted by a parent

August 16, 2007
This non-profit day school serves bright children who have dyslexia and other language processing difficulties. My two children, who had such a difficult time in our local schools, are thriving here and are now reading and writing at and above their grade levels! While it has served their needs in learning to read and write, they offer a full academic program with small class sizes. The teachers really care about their students! What I will say is the early detection and intervention is key!!!

- submitted by a parent

January 11, 2005
Small school for students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. Teaches in multi modalities. Helped my student catch up and excel, built self confidence. Give him the skills he needs to excel in High School and College.

- submitted by a parent

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The Prentice School
18341 Lassen Drive, Santa Ana, CA  92705
(714) 538-4511
Last modified The Prentice School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
The Prentice School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 27 reviews. Top