School & Education Options

California School Directory searchable database:

Non-Public Schools (NPS) Minimize
Non-Public Schools (NPS) contract with school districts to provide education to students as specified in their IEPs. Remember, before placement in an NPS, parents must very carefully examine and observe the proposed placement to ensure it is appropriate to meet their child’s needs. Talk to other parents and get their feedback about the NPS.

Here is a small sample of non-public schools in the greater Sacramento area:

Northern California Preparatory School*
6046 Lemon Hill Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95824
(916) 383-6222 
*May be able to take private pay students, make inquiries directly with school

Applied Behavior Consultants, Inc (ABC)
4540 Harlin Drive
Sacramento, CA 95826
(916) 364-7800

Aldar Academy
4436 Engle Road
Sacramento, CA 95821
(916) 485-9685 

Charter Schools Minimize
Consider investigating charter school opportunities for your child. They are tuition-free public schools (with campus-based and independent study options), and they have public-school responsibility to provide special education services per the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Most charter schools have waiting lists and lotteries for enrollment, so it is best to look into this option early on.  Children are eligible to attend charter schools not located in their home districts.  Visit the California Department of Education website to find out more.  View charters’ websites, make phone calls, and schedule visits to see if the charter option is right for your child’s individualized educational needs.

Some possible charter schools to check out:

Horizon Charter Schools
2800 Nicolaus Road Suite 100
Lincoln, CA 95648
(916) 408-5223

  • Horizon Charter Schools serve approximately 2,900 students in Placer, Nevada, El Dorado, Sacramento, Yuba, & Sutter Counties. Horizon Charter Schools are public schools and charge no tuitions or fees. Our personalized learning approach targets students’ interests, abilities and aptitudes. From Kindergarten to 12th grade, Horizon provides each student with comprehensive quality learning choices and educational pathways. Parents and students partner with highly qualified credentialed teachers in home-based/independent study programs. Additional hybrid options include Partnerships for Student-Centered Learning’s Lincoln Montessori Community Cooperative, Accelerated Learning Academy in Roseville, Sacramento Leadership Collaborative, Sacramento Academy of Enterprising Youth, and the Roseville Academy of Math, Science and Engineering.

Horizon Charter School
College Prep Academy

  • Horizon’s Virtual High School (VHS) is a free college-prep academy where students enroll in a highly rigorous program with 24/7 access to online classes. The Horizon VHS is different from most cyber schools because the teaching of classes is not contracted to an outside commercial vendor. Horizon VHS classes are facilitated by highly qualified Horizon teachers and mentors. Horizon Charter School is opening a new Virtual High School for the 2010/11 school year. Teens in Placer, El Dorado, Sacramento, Sutter, Nevada, and Yuba counties looking for a cyber school now have a new option from Horizon Charter School.

Western Sierra Collegiate Academy
6880 Destiny Drive
Rocklin, CA 95677
(916) 778-4544 

  • Western Sierra Collegiate Academy (WSCA) is a public, tuition-free charter school of choice for students in the greater Placer County California area. Founded by a coalition of experienced educators and parents, WSCA prepares graduates to enter and thrive at the world’s finest universities and colleges. As a charter school, WSCA operates independently of a traditional school district.  WSCA is governed by the Board of Directors of Rocklin Academy, and modeled after Pacific Collegiate School. Both are highly successful schools. Preference is given first to students transferring from Rocklin Academy or living in Rocklin. Grades 7-12

Antelope View Charter School
3243 Center Court Lane
Antelope, CA 95843
(916) 339-4690

  • Serving 6th to 12th grade students, Antelope View Charter School uses an independent study program which also requires site-based instruction. Our site-based classes have a student-teacher ratio of about 20 to 1. Remember, as an independent study school, we require students to perform a good deal of work at home.

California Virtual Academies (CAVA)
2360 Shasta Way, Suite A
Simi Valley, CA 93065
(866) 339-6790 

  • The California Virtual Academies use curriculum and services provided by K¹². Learning can happen at home, on the road, or wherever an Internet connection can be found. While attendance, teacher interaction, and daily lessons are conducted online, our lessons use physical materials and offline tools as well. For high school, CAVA uses the K¹²9¹² program from K¹². Whether targeting a top-tier, four-year University, a local community college, or an immediate career, CAVA prepares students to maximize their post-high school success through K¹²9¹².

Private Schools Minimize
Many private schools are willing to serve children with special needs and often offer programs and activities to give them opportunities to practice social skills and develop friendships. Please be sure to check them out thoroughly and ask for references.

Here are a few private schools in the Sacramento area:

Freedom Christian School
7736 Sunset Avenue
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
(916) 962-0783

Bradshaw Christian School
8324 Bradshaw Road
Sacramento, CA 95829
(916) 688-0521

Sacramento Country Day School
2636 Latham Drive
Sacramento, CA 95864
(916) 481-8811