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Hello Karen,

It is that time again when parents are thinking about changing schools for the next academic year or looking for a school-based summer program.

To help you with your search, I want to recognize some extraordinary schools that support, serve, and empower kids who think and learn differently. They include day schools, STEM schools, 1:1 schools, homeschools, a residential school, and more.

Please check out the amazing resources below!

Dr. Karen Wilson

Bridges Academy

Bridges Academy educates a diverse group of gifted students ​with a range of strengths, interests, and learning differences. We refer to these students as twice-exceptional or 2e. ​​Our program is strength-based, student-centered, and life-changing. Our promise is to use our strength-based program to unlock human potential; and the potential of our students is high. We educate a unique population of students with learning differences who are amazingly bright, outside-the-box thinkers, capable of developing expertise at a very young age in any number of fields from robotics to religion, string theory to Sanskrit, politics to poetry.

3921 Laurel Canyon Blvd.

Studio City, California 91604

Phone: (818) 506-1091

Charles Armstrong School

Founded over 50 years ago, Armstrong has always believed in its students and their bright futures. Our approach is both multi-sensory and experiential to meet dyslexic learners where they are, push them to understand how they learn best, leverage their strengths, and develop the confidence to succeed in high school and life. By unlocking the potential of students grades 2 through 8 with dyslexia and related learning differences, we change the trajectory of their lives. 

1405 Solana Drive

Belmont, CA 94002-3653

Phone: (650) 592-7570

Franklin Educational Services

Franklin Educational Services has a fully accredited virtual and in-person academic homeschool program. Our program addresses the needs of students taking AP and honors-level courses as well as students who need a modified curriculum to accommodate their unique learning characteristics. At Franklin, students learn at their own pace and pursue their own interests while excelling academically, and building essential learning skills. Our one-to-one schooling offers flexibility and customized learning, and the curriculum is tailored for each child. Days, times, and session locations are chosen by the family.

11777 San Vicente Blvd. 129

Los Angeles, California 90049

Phone: (310) 571-1176

Frostig School

Frostig School provides a full range of academic and support services for students in grades 1-12 who have complex learning differences. Our two campuses provide a welcoming community to all students where they are able to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. With classroom sizes of 12 or fewer, Frostig aims to provide quality instruction to meet the needs of individual students. An extensive array of elective programs (art, film, drama, music, and computer technology) are offered to encourage student creativity and success. Frostig empowers and celebrates each student on their journey to a successful future.

Campuses available in Pasadena and West Los Angeles, California

Phone: (626) 791-1255

Fusion Academy

Fusion Academy is a fully accredited private middle and high school with a completely personalized approach. Classes at Fusion are one-to-one: one student and one teacher per classroom. This allows teachers to personalize course content for each student’s strengths, interests, and learning style. To learn more about Fusion Academy, click here.

825 Colorado Blvd, Ste 118

Los Angeles, CA 90041

Phone: (877) 916-1331

Hayutin Education

Hayutin Education offers a flexible, personalized, accredited K-12 educational program. We work closely with families to craft the best curriculum, calendar, and educational pathway for each student. Our one-on-one customized model allows students to work at their own pace, accelerating in their strongest areas and receiving extra support and guidance when they need it. For 25 years, we have served a wide range of learning profiles both in person and virtually. Our students are empowered to excel academically, pursue their passions, and advocate for their learning at Hayutin and beyond.

2500 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste. 100

Santa Monica, CA 90404

Phone: (310) 829-7505

The Help Group

The Help Group is the largest, most comprehensive US nonprofit of its kind for children, adolescents, and young adults with autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, developmental delays, and abuse/emotional challenges. The Help Group’s 14 specialized day schools offer pre-K through high school programs for more than 1,150 students. Its broad range of mental health and therapy services and vocational and residential programs extends its reach to more than 6,000 children and their families each year including innovative affirming programming for LGBTQ+ youth. 

Six campuses in the Los Angeles area

Phone: (877) 994-3588

Pacific Preparatory

Pacific Preparatory is an accredited virtual K-12 school where students meet with their teachers one-on-one, receiving real-time instruction. Teachers adapt the interactive curriculum to fit each student. Our academic programming for our students inspires a love of learning, confidence, and self-advocacy. What does high-quality 1:1 education look like at Pacific Prep? Find out how the highest level of customized learning can meet the needs of a diverse student community, including those with varied and complex learning differences and mental health challenges.

2443 Fillmore St. #380-7575

San Francisco, CA 94115

Phone: (314) 722-7737

Park Century

Park Century serves students in grades K-8 with diagnosed learning differences such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and ADHD. It is dedicated to educating the whole child by providing an individualized program for students based on their learning profile. The program offers small class sizes, a differentiated curriculum, and individualized instruction, which allows students to learn at their own pace and maximize their potential. Carefully chosen and evaluated by deans, teachers, and specialists, the tailored curriculum supports students' educational, emotional, and social growth. Each child has a reading and math specialist who works individually, in pairs, or in small groups according to the student's individual learning needs and abilities. 

Park Century School offers rolling admissions. Decisions are made based on available space once the admission process is complete. To inquire about our program, please contact Cindy Goodman, Director of Admission, at: Neuropsychological testing or an IEP that is current within the past three years is required for the admission process.

939 Landmark Street

Culver City, CA 90232

(310) 979-2184


Qualia is an oasis for truly passionate learners, where brainy wordplay, clever argument, and surprising ideas come together in a milieu that provokes, entertains, and inspires. We attract students with rich internal lives and a deep passion to understand the world, ranging from irrepressible extroverts to still-waters-run-deep introverts. The school's welcoming environment and challenging academics attract students from all parts of Los Angeles and Ventura. At Qualia School, we encourage deep discourse to bridge the gaps among learners with our hand-on, minds-on learning model. We reject the idea of "smartness" as a recitation of facts and foster a culture that celebrates inquiry and deeper understanding.

4345 Las Virgenes Rd.

Calabasas, CA 91302

Phone: (310) 478-9900

Renaissance Schools

Renaissance Schools, together with their partner institutions Rolling Hills Prep and REACH, provide a collaborative approach to education that provides every student with an individualized learning path to address their strengths and needs. Located on the same campus, we share the slogan: "Three Great Schools, One Vibrant Community." The Four Pillars of Renaissance Schools--Disciplined Mind, Sound Character, Healthy Bodies, and Creative Spirits--are incorporated by our instructors into their teaching and evaluation. These principles are not just on paper, they inspire the high-quality teaching that is our hallmark.

1500 Palos Verdes Drive North

San Pedro, CA 90732

Phone: (310) 791-1101 

Riverview School

Riverview School is an independent, coeducational boarding/day school, located on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Riverview is a leader in educating students with complex language and learning challenges. We’re committed to helping each of our students gain academic, social, and independent living skills to achieve their goals.  As a community that aspires to reflect and prepare our students for the increasingly diverse world, Riverview supports and nurtures the whole child and their full identity. Programs include middle and high school, a post-high school transition program, and a summer program.

551 Route 6A

East Sandwich, Massachusetts 02537

Phone: (508) 888-0489

Westmark School

Westmark School is a creative and supportive college preparatory school dedicated to educating, empowering, and celebrating students with distinct learning styles, providing the tools necessary to achieve successful and fulfilling futures. The Grades 2–12 school uses research-based methodologies and differentiated instruction to nourish the bright minds of more than 200 neurodiverse learners who have language-based learning differences—such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia—often combined with ADD/ADHD or other auditory or visual processing challenges. Because our students learn differently, we teach differently. And the difference is brilliant.

5461 Louise Ave.

Encino, California 91316

Phone: (818) 986-5045 |  (310) 208-9105  | Email

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