Spectrum Center

Spectrum Center Programs was founded in 1975 by Ernie Wing and Mary Lessa, two young teachers who had a vision for creating a school based upon the principals of behavior analysis and a belief that they could make a difference in the lives of children.
Their first “school” was started in the humblest of locations, a “classroom” located in a garage in downtown Oakland.
Spectrum Center Schools has been a leader in providing special education services to the San Francisco Bay Area since 1975.
Our program was founded as an alternative for students whose disabilities prevented them from attending public school.

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Grades Offered
Grades 1-12

Student Body

Total Students
55 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
90%
State avg.: 48%
Students by Grade
Spectrum Center Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
7 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
8:1
National avg.: 13:1

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling

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The average private school tuition in Oakland, CA is $19,352 for elementary schools and $21,331 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Oakland, CA is 86% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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