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Within Seneca’s continuum of care lies a network of five nonpublic schools (NPSs) throughout the San Francisco Bay Area from Concord to Fremont. The schools’ primary goal is to actualize the agency’s mission of unconditional care; there are many schools and organizations that champion learning for all students – at Seneca, we strive to ensure that “all means all.” While students are referred to Seneca’s nonpublic schools for a variety of social, emotional or behavioral issues, all share a common characteristic: a pervasive history of unsuccessful experiences in previous school settings. The schools’ first goal, then, is to create a successful school environment for them here: one filled with the joy of learning and the supports they will need along the way. The school programs aim to provide an environment that draws out students’ strengths and teaches them strategies to cope with personal challenges, thus affording them the opportunity to succeed within this setting and beyond. To achieve this, small classrooms with high staff-to-student ratios pair a standards-based course of study with a therapeutic milieu and a structured positive behavioral intervention program. 

 

The five schools are located throughout the Bay Area and share several similarities as well as some distinct qualities. As nonpublic schools, each of Seneca’s campuses serves students from several different districts, all of whom qualify for special education services. While most of the students live within a twenty-mile radius of the home site, some come from neighborhoods thirty or more miles away. Together, Seneca’s five nonpublic schools serve approximately 225 students. They do so in classrooms with no more than 13 students each. As part of their school day, students also receive individual and family therapy, as well as case management and psychiatric consultation, if appropriate. Every classroom is staffed by a special education credentialed teacher, up to three Bachelor’s level classroom counselors and a classroom therapist who facilitates daily community meetings and weekly group therapy sessions.

 

How can I enroll my child?

Seneca's nonpublic schools are tuition-free special education settings operating in concert with students' local schools and districts. Only district or school staff may refer students to a Seneca nonpublic school and all referrals occur through the IEP process. The goal of special education is to maintain a student in the least restrictive educational environment necessary. While Seneca's nonpublic schools provide wonderful services to students, not all students require this level of care. If you are interested in learning more about nonpublic shcool placements, please contact the Seneca school nearest you or your child's current special education case manager.

 

For more information regarding our NPS programs - schools@senecacenter.org