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Mardan School Photo #1 - Mardan School located in Woodbridge Village in the City of Irvine serves students in grades K - 12 with learning or social difficulties. Mardan 's therapeutic program benefits children with a wide range of disabilities. Students can be placed privately or by a school district if an IEP team determines that it can't meet the child's needs.
  • Mardan isa private, non-profit, WASC-accredited school that has fulfilled a unique educational need in Orange County since 1962. Our mission is to support bright children whose emotional, social, behavioral, and/or learning difficulties have impacted their ability to succeed in typical school settings.
  • Mardan provides an alternative for students in Pre-K through 12th grade: from at-risk primary grade children just beginning to experience difficulties in a school setting, to high school youths seeking to attain their diploma in a smaller, more individually focused and supportive setting. Our distinctive therapeutic program is specifically tailored to nurture individual potential and create accessible opportunities for academic, social, and emotional growth.
  • Our team of dedicated, caring professionals values the "whole child", guiding social and emotional development as well as academic achievement, to help students find fulfillment in all aspects of their lives.

School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 1-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs Supportedmild autism spectrum
Year Founded1962

Student Body

Total Students64 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
20%
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Mardan School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers9 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size9 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesPartial scholarship assistance may be available for families who meet criteria and demonstrate need.School districts can place students at Mardan if an IEP team determines they do not have a program to meet the child's needs.

School Notes

Mardan offers a primary intervention program designed for high-risk young children who are struggling with social development or impulsive behavior. They may be showing signs of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorders, or may be falling behind in developing appropriate pre-academic and social skills.

  • The Primary Intervention classes serve children from ages 4 through 8, grades Pre-K through 2nd grade:
  • Classes limited to a maximum of 10 children, with two teachers - an experienced, credentialed master teacher and a full-time assistant teacher
  • Designed as a highly structured, safe, and nurturing environment with clear expectations and firm limits
  • Emphasis upon helping students learn to regulate behaviors, develop appropriate language skills, and experience success in their day-to-day interactions
  • Strong emphasis on pre-academic and academic learning including language arts development, math skills, science, and social studies, using multi-sensory instructional strategies
  • Targeted social skills development in the classroom, with additional small group support with clinical staff (Speech/Language Pathologist and/or Psychologist)
  • All school resources accessed, including school library, art program, P.E. classes in the gym, and cooking activities in the kitchen

The Day School program includes grades 2nd through 8th, and emphasizes a success-oriented focus that balances both academic and social needs in a highly structured environment:

  • Class size limited to 10 (grades 2-5) or 12 (grades 6-8), and taught by an experienced, credentialed master teacher and a full-time assistant teacher.
  • Rigorous academic curriculum aligned with California State Standards, with differentiated instruction designed to meet specific learning needs.
  • Concurrent with academic instruction, students learn organization skills, study skills, social communication skills, problem-solving and coping skills.
  • Social skills development is integrated into program and addressed throughout the day in a variety of ways.

The school day experience is further enriched by a variety of support services and resources:

  • Regular Physical Education (P.E.) classes, under the direction of a credentialed Adaptive P.E. Specialist. The structured program of sports and activities help students learn skills, develop good sportsmanship, and enjoy peer interaction.
  • Weekly scheduled time in the school library, where students receive guidance on using resources to complete research and assignments, choose books for personal reading enjoyment, and access computer applications and the internet.
  • Bi-weekly group art lessons guided by the Art Teacher. Art projects are often coordinated with classroom curriculum, and promote art skills, appreciation, and creative exploration.
  • Life skills/cooking projects in the student kitchen, geared towards teaching healthy living habits and fostering positive group interaction and teamwork.
  • Regularly scheduled time in our computer lab where students learn and practice computer and research skills, as well as creative projects utilizing technology
  • Speech & Language services provided by a licensed SLP for those students with identified needs

  • Clinical Psychologist on staff to provide regular and as-needed/crisis counseling, as well as collaborate with parents and other mental health professionals working with your child.

The Mardan High School program, grades 9th through 12th, utilizes similar resources and strategies as in the younger grades, but emphasizes developing the skills and strategies that will enable students to be successful as they grow into young adults. The program is designed for diploma-tracked students who may need a smaller, supported environment in order to achieve graduation requirements

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