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The Prentice School

Private | PK-12 | 200 students

We are best known for multisensory language program.

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $470,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,600.

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Posted 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


Posted 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.
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Posted 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!
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Posted November 4, 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
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Posted 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!
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Posted 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!!!
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Posted 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.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 74% 26%
Hispanic 11% 52%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Black 4% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff Italian
Spanish
Vietnamese, ASL
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • WASC Highest Accrediation (2009)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Industrial / graphic design
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Dance club: Webby
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese, ASL

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Yoga club

Gifted & talented

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:10 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:45 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Carol Clark
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Fax number
  • (714) 538-5004

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Direct instruction
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Project-based
  • Slingerland Approach
  • Standards-based
  • Virtual school
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
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Industrial / graphic design
  • Medical Assistant

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese, ASL
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Organized carpool system
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Handball, Yoga
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Field hockey
  • Handball, Yoga
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Dance club: Webby
  • Drama club
  • Gardening
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga club
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Profile of a Prentice Student: COGNITIVE SKILLS Typical Prentice students are best described by Beth Slingerland as “those with average to superior intelligence whose achievement in language skills—reading, penmanship, spelling, oral and written expression—is not commensurate with their intelligence.” Prentice students possess average or well above average cognitive abilities marked by high level conceptualization and reasoning skills and relative weaknesses in processing speed and working memory. A student’s cognitive ability (IQ) must be within the average range of intellectual functioning and is assessed utilizing various intelligence testing including, but not limited to: Weschler Intelligence Scale (WISC-III or IV; WPPSI-III), Woodcock-Johnson Cognitive Battery (WJ-III), Stanford-Binet (SB5), Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children (KABC-II), Differential Ability Scale (DAS-II), etc. ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT Prentice accepts students who are struggling in traditional classrooms because their academic achievement does not match their cognitive potential. Applicants are carefully assessed through an examination of submitted achievement test results (i.e. Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement (WJ-III), Weschler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT-III), etc.), report cards, and other documents. EMOTIONAL/SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL Applicants should be emotionally healthy, have strong social skills and be motivated to learn. Students should not demonstrate or have a documented conduct disorder, emotional problems or other conditions that require specialized accommodations and/or treatment. Prentice students may have a secondary diagnosis such ADHD; however, this must not interfere with their ability to be productive participants in the classroom. Special Note: Our program is not designed for students with Autism. LANGUAGE-BASED LEARNING DIFFERENCES Prentice students are those who are struggle in traditional classrooms because their reading, writing, computing and organizing skills do not match their cognitive potential. Typical problems for Prentice students are reading, writing, spelling, math, listening, memory, organization, oral language, etc. Prentice students excel at learning but have to be taught in a way they can learn. Prentice also uses the Slingerland&#reg; (or Malcomesius) Screening for Identifying Children with Specific-Language Disability to document and analyze errors frequently made by students with language learning difficulties while doing typical school-related tasks. The screening also helps identify processing strengths and weaknesses within the visual (seeing), auditory (hearing) and kinesthetic-motor (writing, speaking) modalities that contribute to language learning.
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2011-2012 school year
$6000 - $19000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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18341 Lassen Drive
Santa Ana, CA 92705
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Phone: (714) 538-4511

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