Esther B Clark School-childrens Health Council

  • 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.

School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 2-10
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMild to Moderate Learning Disabilities
Year Founded1980

Student Body

Total Students78 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 43%
Students by GradeEsther B Clark School-childrens Health Council Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers7 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio11:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size11 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$46,800
Tuition NotesPrimarily 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
National avg.: 85%
Admissions AssociateJessica 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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