Child and Family Services

Private School Special Education

Vista School

A Therapeutic learning environment for children and adolescents.

The Vista School, located on 18 acres in West Los Angeles, is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and offers children who have struggled in other settings an opportunity for academic success.  We provide children identified with learning disabilities or developmental challenges, as well as those experiencing social problems, emotional problems, behavior problems or other mental health issues, with classes that can meet their special needs while encouraging them to grow emotionally and academically.  Our educational and clinical staff creates an atmosphere of success, taking into account the personal challenges of a child’s life so they can have a positive school experience.

The Vista School complies with all state mandated curriculum and is geared for children at each academic level:

Vista Pre-School: The Baron School for Exceptional Children

One of the most significant components of the Vista School is the  Baron School for Exceptional Children. This innovative, accredited, non-public therapeutic school designed for children ages three through eleven with severe emotional problems, behavioral challenges, learning disabilities, autism, autistic spectrum disorders, and developmental delays.

Individual Education Plans (IEP) incorporating play therapy, sensory and motor skill integration, and speech and language therapy are prepared for each student by a team of educational therapists and mental health professionals. Parent involvement is required, and the goal is to return the child to a community setting as soon as possible. The Baron School offers special opportunities for individualized success, including:

• Individual and group instruction
• 1:4 teaching staff-to-student ratio
• Speech and language services
• Social skills training
• Occupational therapy
• Touch screen computerized learning
• Parental involvement
•Structured floor time
• Picture Exchange Communications System (PECS)
• Neurofeedback Training

The pre-admissions and admissions process for the Baron School includes a tour of the facilities and program orientation, submission of an application, interview with the family and child, and a review of applicable records by the assistant principal.


Kindergarten – 12 th Grade

For children with learning disabilities, or those experiencing social problems, emotional problems, behavior problems, or other mental health issues, Vista School offers youngsters from kindergarten through 12th grade a specialized learning environment that can help these students achieve. 

It offers:

  • Individual and group instruction
  • Classes with only 12 children
  • 1:6 teaching staff to student ratio
  • Speech and language services
  • Social skills training
  • Physical education and sports program
  • Performing and creative arts
  • Clinical and behavioral interventionists
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Psychiatric and psychological assessments
  • Medication evaluation and monitoring
  • Life skills courses
  • Independent living skills
  • Vocational assessments and career counseling
  • Computer lab
  • Photography
  • Neurofeedback Training


The Vista school offers many special opportunities, including:

  • Athletic program
  • Indoor heated pool
  • Computer lab
  • Woodshop
  • Photography lab
  • Music, dance, drama, choir
  • Life Skills training and experiential cooking classes
  • Classes at local colleges
  • College advisement
  • Scholarships for graduating seniors
  • On site and off site employment opportunities (16 and older)


Arts Enrichment

Vista Del Mar Arts Enrichment Program is designed to incorporate different methods of expression through acting, dance, voice, drumming, photography, Art and music production which is implemented in the daily schedule of classes at the Vista School – providing student from elementary through high school the opportunity to develop their creative potential and benefit therapeutically from participating in the enrichment program.  Classes culminate in live stage performances.  Thus, giving every student the opportunity to experiences the “magic” of theatre.  We are building self-esteem through creative expression to succeed not only on stage, but in life.


Achieving Potential

The Vista School is successful because we believe that each student can achieve. Our staff serve as models and encourages students to both learn and grow, recognizing that they are here for more than academics. When students leave Vista, they need to be prepared both academically as well as socially to re-enter local schools, go to college or vocational school or, for some, to enter the work force. Over the past several years, more than 65% of our graduates have enrolled in college, community college, paraprofessional training, or vocational school.

For more information, please contact the Admissions Department at 310.836.1223 x 571

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