Dear Friends,

The vision of the Community School of San Diego began as Pioneer Day School in 2001 while I was working with a young boy with autism. It was through working as a special education teacher that I saw there was a whole population of students whose needs were either unknown or unable to be met by their current education programs. I knew there must be a better way.

Autism is a complex developmental disability affecting 1 in 150 individuals. It is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain and often requires specialized educational methodologies and programming. I set out to create a school with a positive environment and sense of community, where students with various learning needs can be successful socially, emotionally and academically.

We are now in our twelfth year. We have created a successful program that has improved the lives of students and families in our community. I thank all who have contributed to the advancement of our cause, and appreciate the continued support for a school where students with unique learning styles can flourish and realize their own potential.

James Leiner