The Esther B. Clark School is a therapeutic day school for elementary, middle and high schools students who have strong scholastic potential but are burdened with significant emotional, and behavioral challenges.
We now have 2 campuses, one in Palo Alto and now opening a new campus in the south bay at 2280 Kenwood Ave in San Jose.
The Palo Alto Campus services children grades 2 - 10 with only up to 12 students in each of 7 classroom. The San Jose campus has a capacity to serve up to 30 full-day students grades 5 - 10 .
Candidates for admission are typically referred by local school districts .
Goal is to instill improved emotional self-regulation skills and self-managed functional behavior strategies so children can return and participate successfully in their community school setting.

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Esther B Clark School-childrens Health Council ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:

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Attribute

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 2-10
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
Mild to Moderate Learning Disabilities
Year Founded
1980

Student Body

Total Students
78 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
72%
State avg.: 48%
Students by Grade
Esther B Clark School-childrens Health Council Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
7 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
11:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
40%
Average Class Size
11 students
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Primarily a non-public school accepting referrals from public school districts for children with primary emotional/behavioral disorders. Tuition does not include cost of support services, therapy and medication management services.Private Pay available.
Acceptance Rate
75%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Associate
Jessica Becker (Palo Alto)
Endowment Size
$28 million

School Notes

  • The Esther B. Clark School students  are typically referred through public school districts. Students accepted are provided with daily grade level core curriculum instruction with embedded accommodations by a credentialed special education teacher,  4 therapies a week delivered by a licensed therapist, and a weekly social thinking skills and executive function management class conducted by the classroom's embedded behaviorist. . The school wide positive behavior teaching and support program offers students indiviodualized incentives to promote their engagement.  For children who have refused to go to school, EBC can provide in-home parent behavior support. Students can also supported through IEP supported intensive behavioral and/or academic instructional services, speech and language, and occupational therapy,.  The school has a 1:3 inter-disciplinary staff to student ratio to assure. personalized care and  support. Students typically attend 2- 3 years before returning to a moreacademically oriented school program.

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