Nonpublic Schools

Educational Services

"I loved the fact that they were always there when I needed them most.”

- Parent at one of Seneca’s Unconditional Education partnership schools in Oakland

Maya Angelou Academy

Seneca’s Maya Angelou Academy is a non-public school provides special education services to students grades K-5 with a variety of emotional, behavioral and/or social needs. We provide individualized attention and direct instruction in core areas in order to help our students make adequate yearly progress on their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals while adhering to a general education standards-based curriculum. The goal of our specialized services is to address the behavioral, emotional and developmental challenges of each student in order to prepare them for a less restrictive educational setting. At the same time we provide a rich learning environment to foster pre-academic thinking and growth. To learn more on school website, click here.  

Building Blocks Preschool

Seneca’s Building Blocks Therapeutic Preschool is a year-round early intervention preschool program for children ages 3-5. Most of our students come to us with severe behavioral challenges, often caused by exposure to abuse, neglect, or other environmental factors that influence their social-emotional development. At Building Blocks we are dedicated to providing a safe, nurturing environment that supports each child’s particular strengths and challenges. Through the delivery of a thoughtful and developmentally appropriate curriculum our two preschool classrooms are designed to meet the individual needs of each student.  In total, we serve 8 students between the ages and of 3 and 5. Children do not need an IEP to qualify for enrollment, but they do need to demonstrate a severe behavioral, social and/or emotional need that cannot be met in a typical preschool or child care setting. Each classroom is staffed by a certified preschool teacher, a therapist, and two mental health counselors trained to support students who have a variety of behavioral challenges. To learn more on our school website, click here.

Catalyst Academy

Seneca's Catalyst Academy is a Nonpublic School located in El Sobrante, California serving students in second through twelfth grade. Catalyst’s primary partnership is with West Contra Costa Unified School District but the school also serve students from neighboring districts. Catalyst Academy strives to deliver top quality, highly integrated therapeutic and special education services to students struggling with significant mental health and behavioral issues.  We aim to inspire our students with the joy of learning and to help them build the mindsets, skills and relationships necessary to succeed beyond our setting. Catalyst’s mission is to promote the social, emotional, behavioral and intellectual development of each student. We believe everyone has the ability to learn and deserves a safe, engaging environment to do so. With high standards for academic scholarship, as well as an emphasis on integrity, respect, and safety, Catalyst Academy students are empowered to make positive changes in their lives and contribute to their communities in meaningful ways. To learn more about Catalyst, contact us or click here

James Baldwin Academy

Seneca’s James Baldwin Academy serves up to 80 students in grades 3-12, providing special education services to students with a variety of mental health needs. In our seven small classrooms, we provide individualized attention and direct instruction in core areas in order to help our students make adequate yearly progress on their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals while adhering to a general education standards-based curriculum.  As a Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredited school, we pair a rigorous course of study with a therapeutic milieu and a behavioral program. To learn more on our school website, click here.

Uprising Academy

Seneca’s Uprising Academy has a mission to “teach the possibilities” by improving the educational experiences of our students by providing instruction that tailors to their individual needs. Uprising Academy serves students grades 6-12 in Brentwood, California. Every student meets with his/her therapist once a week. By building an alliance with student and continuously seeking their feedback and opinions, our therapists can tailor sessions to students' individual needs and preferences while accessing well-researched therapeutic modalities that align with Seneca's Unconditional Care model. With a 6 year WASC accreditation, Uprising Academy works towards its mission by actively implementing systems to mainstream students, giving them a voice through student government, and providing vocational opportunities to help students develop diverse skills that they may not receive elsewhere. To learn more about Uprising Academy, contact us or click here.

Pathfinder Academy

Seneca’s Pathfinder Academy is nestled in a safe, residential neighborhood in the Irvington District of Fremont, a historic San Francisco Bay Area suburb. The school proudly boasts a 6 year accreditation term through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This small, 3 classroom program serves up to 45 students in grades 7-12. Students are provided with 240 minutes of academic instruction daily, delivered by credentialed special educators. High school students are able to earn 30 credits per semester and an additional 15 credits during summer school toward high school graduation. Pathfinder's academic program combines a rigorous emphasis on increased achievement with the supports needed for students to realize success. To learn more about Pathfinder on our school website, click here.

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 school placements, please contact the Seneca school nearest you or your child's current special education case manager.

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