Springstone is that very special school that teaches in ways that all students can learn and appropriately challenges its students academically, so they are right up to par with California standards. Springstone creates a comfortable and accepting environment where the students can be themselves, have fun, and know they are valued for their unique points of view. The friends my son met in eighth grade are still among his best friends today. Our son has gone on to a four-year college in Florida and has maintained an above average GPA. He is now concluding his sophomore year. One of his best Springstone friends is also at a private four-year college in California, and others are doing very well at local junior colleges. I think this speaks volumes for what a great job Springstone has done to prepare our kids for their next stage of life. We are very grateful to The Springstone School!

Celina Abu-Ghaben


Springstone integrates academic and social-emotional learning into every aspect of the school day. Students practice and acquire pragmatic language and social skills during academic and elective classes, during a dedicated social skills class, and during experiential activities.

On Wednesdays, students in grades six through eight participate in experiential activities where they practice and use life skills. Our school year is divided into quarters and each quarter focuses on a theme. We have identified four themes that are representative of our students’ greatest challenge areas: transitions, perspectives, culture and community, and the relationship between independence and dependence. These themes are also reinforced during classroom instruction.

Students in grades nine through twelve participate in experiential activities in week-long blocks, five times per year. Our intention is to increase exposure to various life experiences and challenge students in these areas to build confidence so that students feel ready to meet future challenges.

We have the following goals for all our students:

  • Acquire skills necessary to move effectively through the community;
  • Identify and articulate the perspectives of self and others;
  • Develop skills necessary to become responsible, flexible, and resilient;
  • Appreciate the diversity of various cultures and communities; and
  • Understand the relationship between independence and dependence.

The Springstone School challenges students and families to think about what life will be like after school ends and our students have become adults. Access provides our students with the skills to build relationships in the community, to self-advocate, and to be self-determinate.

Springstone's Access Program is included as part of our tuition. In Addition, the Access Program is funded through grants and donations. Read here to find out how you can help.