Is the Community School of San Diego right for my child?

The Community School of San Diego serves a diverse population of students with various diagnosis and education levels. As a result, we design education programs specific to each child’s needs. The best way to know if the Community School is right for your child is to come in for a visit, which can be arranged by calling the front office and setting up a visit with our director.

What is a Nonpublic School?

California’s nonpublic schools (NPS) are specialized private, nonsectarian (nonreligious) schools that provide services to public school students with disabilities when a district is, for various reasons, unable to provide an appropriate educational program for a student. Unlike other private schools, when placed by a school district, a student’s tuition is the responsibility of the sending school district. Another difference is that a nonpublic school is certified and monitored by the California Department of Education, whereas a private school that is not a NPS is not monitored. For more information on sending your child to a NPS, contact your local school district.

How is the Community School of San Diego different from other schools?

The Community School of San Diego captures the true essence and philosophy of individualized education.  The key to our success is our commitment to a small student body and a diverse team of educators and therapists.  We have chosen to keep our student body at approximately 30 students, which is why it is possible for our staff to know our students and their goals in a purposeful way. Due to our small size, many say the Community School has a “homey” feel to it.

What is the student to teacher ratio?

Our program is designed for students to receive instruction at a 3:1 student to teacher ratio.  As needed, we provide 1:1 support to students (per IEP team recommendations) with the goal of helping the child to gain the skills necessary to function in a group of 3:1.

Can I visit the school for a tour?

To take a tour of our school, call the front office, and ask to speak to the director for an appointment. 619-758-9424

What is Sensory input, and why is it so important for children with autism?

When working with children who are on the autism spectrum, one crucial element to understand is sensory processing dysfunction (SPD). Sensory processing is a term used to describe how the nervous system receives, organizes, and understands sensory input. This internal process enables people to figure out how to respond to demands in their environment based on the sensory information they receive. People receive information from the environment and their own bodies via the tactile, auditory, visual, proprioceptive (information sent from sensory receptors inside the body that tell us where our bodies are in space), gustatory, olfactory, vestibular (sense of where your head is in relation to the pull of gravity/ balance), and the introspective sense (information from internal organs in which we perceive pain, hunger, bowel/ bladder needs, etc.).

Although everyone is continually processing (or integrating) sensory information, some people have nervous systems where the information does not integrate properly, and in these cases, these people can misinterpret sensory stimuli. Sensory processing dysfunction is not limited to children on the autism spectrum, yet these children are more frequently impacted by SPD than children who are not on the spectrum. Sensory processing disorders, such as sensory modulation, sensory discrimination, and sensory-based motor disorders, can adversely affect one’s level of arousal and self-regulation. Because arousal level and self-regulation skills are significantly important for achieving higher-level cognitive skills, play skills, and interpersonal skills, many pediatric occupational therapists become specially trained in identifying and treating children with sensory processing dysfunction.

How do I enroll my child in the Community School of San Diego?

The enrollment process simply starts with a phone call and a visit to our school. For an appointment, please contact the front desk at 619-758-9424.

Is there a dress code?

At the Community School of San Diego, we want our students to be comfortable. At times specific clothing is required for community field trips or high levels of physical activity, however, we are very mindful of our student’s sensory issues as they pertain to clothing.

Are you hiring?

Check out our Career Opportunities page to see if we currently have any open positions.