Cheerful Helpers Therapeutic School

This preschool-1st grade program is for children, ages 3-8, with high-functioning autism, attachment disorders, developmental and processing delays, as well as learning and emotional difficulties. The developmental, relationship-based treatment approach is accomplished through a combination of educational, sensory-motor, communication, and family systems interventions. In addition to academics the school program includes art, music, movement, and yoga.Children attend school five days per week, in small language-rich classes, with a 1:2 staff to student ratio and a dedicated multi-disciplinary team of special education teachers and therapists. We have a wrap around approach, with a foundation in relationship building and respect for the individual growth of each child, that seeks to provide our families with many therapeutic services within their school day, as well as support in locating resources outside of our agency as needed. To that end, all parents participate in family therapy, as well as a weekly parent group. School-based occupational and speech and language services are also provided by licensed therapists as needed. And, when children are ready they are included in our twice-weekly social skills program.

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School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.California Association of Private Special Education Schools (CAPSES)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-1
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1958
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students12 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade Cheerful Helpers Therapeutic School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers2 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size8 students

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Admissions DirectorMary Harris, MFT

School Notes

  • Cheerful Helpers Therapeutic School is a program for highly motivated families interested in working collaboratively with a large multidisciplinary team.

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