At the Community School of San Diego, we believe every child can achieve their goals given the appropriate tools and strategies for success. We identify and build upon student strengths and encourage our students to take an active role in their education.

The objective is to help our students feel safe as they develop an independent identity that recognizes the importance of being a constructive member of a larger society. We move toward this greater goal by guiding our students in developing their confidence by being a successful part of our smaller school community. Although children have a wide variety of needs, every child shares the need to have a place where they belong.


Each student receives a customized program that is tailored to his or her unique needs. A student’s program is created after determining his or her strengths and challenges, then working together as a team in order to develop a well-rounded program that will be the focus of the IEP goals. Each student’s program targets some or all of the following areas within our Community School Curriculum:

  • Communication
  • Regulation/Sensory
  • Motor
  • Vocation (Executive Functioning, Independence Building, Job Readiness)
  • Adaptive/Life Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Community/Safety
  • Academics/Functional Academics

Community Based Instruction

Our Community Based Instruction (CBI) program is what sets us apart from many other schools. Each student, regardless of age or ability participates in CBI. We believe that practicing skills in the natural environment will provide more meaningful learning opportunities for our students. The community outings are carefully selected in order to reinforce and generalize skills learned in the classroom.

Here are some examples of our CBI outings:

  • Balboa Park Museums
  • Bowling
  • Job sites (working at local restaurants, shops, etc.)
  • Swimming/group games at the beach
  • Recycling program
  • Aquarium/Zoo trip
  • Grocery shopping
  • Social skills games/sports at the park
  • Hiking
  • Old Town
  • Library

Team Approach

Here at Community School of San Diego, we pride ourselves on our team approach when programming for our students. We have a full-time Occupational Therapist, a full-time COTA as well as two full-time Speech and Language Pathologists. All of our service providers participate in our Community Based Instruction programs, classroom activities, and downtime with our students. This allows our services to see the true areas of need outside of the therapy room and consequently provide meaningful programs and support for our students. Prior to each IEP, the services providers work with the parent, teacher and Program Director in order to develop the best program possible for each student.



Our program was founded on the principle that each child is a unique individual with specific academic goals and abilities. We are proud to say we have created a one of a kind environment that builds on the strengths and interests of our students.