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.

School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other associations(s) for exceptional children
Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 1-12

Student Body

Total Students55 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
90%
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade Spectrum Center Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers7 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Oakland
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    Special Education School
    Grades: 6-12 | 12 students
    2.3 miles
    3800 Coolidge Ave
    Oakland, CA 94602
    (510) 482-2244
    2.3 6-12
    12
  • San Leandro
    Grades: 3-12 | 62 students
    5.9 miles
    2275 Arlington Dr
    San Leandro, CA 94578
    (510) 481-1222
    5.9 3-12
    62
  • Alameda
    Children's Learning Center
    Special Education School
    Grades: 1-12 | 65 students
    3.9 miles
    1910 Central Ave
    Alameda, CA 94501
    (510) 769-7100
    3.9 1-12
    65
  • Lafayette
    Springstone
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    Special Education School
    Grades: 6-12 | 49 students
    9.3 miles
    1035 Carol Ln
    Lafayette, CA 94549
    (925) 962-9660
    9.3 6-12
    49
  • Moraga
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    Grades: 8-12 | 55 students
    6.8 miles
    350 Rheem Blvd
    Moraga, CA 94556
    (925) 377-0789
    6.8 8-12
    55

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