A Better Chance School/California Autism Foundation

Tel: (510)262-1500
Grades: K-12 | 34 students
  • California Autism Foundation's mission is to provide people with autism and other developmental disabilities the best possible opportunities for lifetime support, training and assistance in helping them reach their highest potential for independence, productivity and fulfillment.
  • Our community based education programs at A Better Chance School and ABC Camp provide 35 children with education and activities year round.

School Overview

School Type Special Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. California Association of Private Special Education Schools (CAPSES)
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year Yes

Student Body

Total Students 34 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
48%
State avg.: 44%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 5 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 8 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Tuition Notes Paid by school districts
Admissions Director Edith Molinier

School Notes

  • ABC School is a non-public school that serves children and young adults from ages 6 to 22 that have autism and other developmental disabilities.  ABC School offers community-based programming which provide students the opportunity to learn generalized skills that are transferable to daily real world settings in addition to the classroom environment. ABC School’s highly specialized curriculum and highly trained staff, excel in helping students who have been unable to succeed elsewhere. ABC School’s functional skills curriculum includes math, language arts, vocational training, culinary classes, art classes, music classes, travel training and self-help skills. ABC School utilizes Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), TEACCH structured teaching methodologies, Pivotal Response Training, and Community Based Instruction (CBI). ABC School specializes in behavior management, offering a positive behavior support approach to maladaptive behaviors that prevent the student from being successful in a less restricted environment. Utilizing a team approach, students are regularly assessed to determine skill acquisition and maintenance in accordance with the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals. ABC provides 1:2 staff to student support unless otherwise specified in a student’s IEP. Workability vocational training and transition preparation program for students 16 years of age and older is provided. In this comprehensive program, students are assessed to identify areas of strength and employable skills and then matched with an employment opportunity in the local community. Students receive training to include: mock interview trials, job application practice, mobility training with public transportation, budgeting and banking skills, problem solving, and safety skills within the work environment. Additionally, Students receive on the job training through staff assistance and job coaching and bi-weekly paychecks! Some of our current job partners are: Berkeley Repertory TheaterWest CATMaking Waves AcademyPets with Attitude Pet SalonThe Watershed ProjectPoint Isabel Regional Park Graduating students of ABC School receive a Certificate of Completion and will transition from school to adult life with confidence, work skills and community experiences that will promote future success.

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