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.

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

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 Typen/a
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Esther 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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  • Palo Alto
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  • Alameda
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    23.1 miles
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    Alameda, CA 94501
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  • Berkeley
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    Grades: 4-12 | 55 students
    30.2 miles
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    Berkeley, CA 94710
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  • Oakland
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    Special Education School
    Grades: 2-8 | 63 students
    24.8 miles
    3520 Mountain Blvd
    Oakland, CA 94619
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  • San Anselmo
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    Grades: 2-12 | 30 students
    43 miles
    300 Sunny Hills Dr Bldg 6
    San Anselmo, CA 94960
    43 2-12

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