“Catherine grew enormously during her Springstone years. She will benefit for the rest of her life from the many ways in which everyone at Springstone both nurtured and challenged her. She has a terrific foundation upon which to continue to develop toward her full potential.”

David Messman


Frequently Asked Questions

We've assembled a list of the most frequently asked questions about our school. Contact us directly if your question is not addressed below.

Frequently Asked Questions

The California Department of Education (CDE) certifies schools that serve students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs). A school that has received this certification is referred to as a Nonpublic School (NPS). The Springstone School is an NPS. If your child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP), and if the IEP team determines that The Springstone School is an appropriate placement, then your school district may pay for your child’s tuition because Springstone is certified as an NPS.

Tuition for 2018-2019 is $26,780. We accept credit cards. For families that choose to pay cash, we offer a discounted tuition of $26,000. We accept private pay students and students who are eligible for services through the IEP process. We do not limit the number of IEP students we serve.

Families have told us that the norm for their sons and daughters in the mainstream schools has been isolation, which inhibits social and academic growth. We expose our students to a variety of social situations in the communities they will be living and working in as adults in order to practice what they learn at school. We know that when our students leave The Springstone School, they have more options than when they began the program. Those options include returning to mainstream high schools, enrolling in college, and entering the workforce.

Parents or the school districts are responsible for arranging transportation for their child. Many of our families have formed carpools.

The students are grouped by grade level. Students don't change classrooms, but their instructors move from class to class. There is a maximum of 8 student per instructor. Academically, each student will be challenged according to his/her ability.

We do not use a classroom level system or a token economy. We look at individual student needs and devise goals for each student and a path for each to achieve those goals.

Students who are physically aggressive fall outside of the scope of our program. We do understand that many students may have a history of these challenges, but have progressed beyond them. This does not exclude your child from consideration. We look at the whole student and determine whether our program can best serve your child. Above all, we will provide a safe learning environment.

8:30 - 3:30, except Wednesday 8:30 - 1:00 on Wednesday There are after school clubs from 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm.

Parents are invited to and encouraged to attend parent group meetings. Our parents volunteer to assist with major fundraising events such as our silent auction and wine reception.

We run a four-week summer program for new incoming students and those returning students who require more structure during the summer months. Space is limited. The cost is $2,600.