Whether you're a Director of Special Education, Special Education Attorney, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Speech and Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist or an Advocate for students with learning differences, we'd like to share with you the benefits of our unique program and how they could be a solution for the students and families you work with.


Founded in 1986, The Prentice School is a private, nonprofit, academic school located in North Tustin, California. Prentice is a certified NonPublic School (NPS) through the California Department of Education, and is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

The Prentice Approach is a robust combination of interventions, multi-sensory instructional strategies and enhanced methodologies designed to engage students on three learning pathways, including auditory, visual, and kinesthetic.

Through our evidence-based curriculum and instructional methodologies, a structured literacy approach, multi-sensory instructional strategies, and ongoing progress monitoring, The Prentice School offers an unparalleled learning experience to students with learning differences who possess average to high intelligence and whose needs are not being met in a more traditional classroom setting.


- Dyslexia                       - Anxiety
- Dyscalculia               - ADHD
- Speech/Language Difficulties
- Weaknesses in Working Memory, Processing Speed, Executive Functioning
- Specific Learning Disability
- Auditory or Visual Processing Disorder


With over 30 years of experience, the Prentice Approach aims to adapt to the newest advancements in the education field and incorporate the latest research to create a comprehensive, compassionate, and enjoyable experience for students with learning differences. We are proud to offer these services on location during the school day, minimizing the need for additional outside resources.

The Prentice School's evidence-based programs have enabled a high percentage of our students to successfully transition back into public or private schools, creating a win-win scenario for all parties involved. During their time at Prentice, students acquire invaluable skills that positively impact their future and the well-being of everyone in their family.

Working with professionals and families, Prentice delivers an important, proactive intervention strategy that develops a student's full potential and optimizes their ability to return to the mainstream academic environment.


Collaboration with professionals like you is important. Having the opportunity to partner with you is a way to expand our referral resources. At Prentice, we’re committed to providing families with high quality options.

Three former Prentice alumni discuss the Prentice experience and journey, and their success after Prentice!

The Prentice Approach is the answer
for students who learn differently.

  • Over 30 years of experience and a proven track-record for teaching students with language-based learning differences and related challenges.
  • Small class size.
  • Leveled instruction.
  • Caring and nurturing environment.
  • Genuine interest in students through a student-centered approach.
  • Comprehensive support services on one campus.
  • What type of students with learning differences attend Prentice?

    Students who come to Prentice are bright, capable, and eager to learn. They possess average to above average cognition but struggle to learn in the traditional classroom setting. Examples of terms used to describe the learning differences found at Prentice are dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, specific learning disability, language-based learning disorder, auditory or visual processing disorder, ADHD, weaknesses in working memory, processing speed, or executive functioning, organizational challenges, and anxiety.

  • How Does Prentice support students with IEPs?

    Because of the nature of our school, many accommodations that would be noted in a student's IEP are incorporated into the daily class schedule. With the resource services available (speech & language, occupational therapy, assistive technology, multisensory direct literacy instruction, graphic organization skills, adaptive physical education, tutoring, etc), students receive accommodations as part of their normal educational plan at Prentice.

  • Is Prentice certified as an "NPS"?

    The Prentice School is certified by the state of California as a NonPublic School (NPS). This means that Prentice is authorized to provide special education services to public school students who have an individualized education program (IEP). The decision to place and fund a student at Prentice under the NPS status is at the discretion of the school district. Prentice's unique, evidence-based approach has enabled a high percentage of our students to successfully transition back into public schools. We build strong collaborative relationships with school districts to help impact the child's academic future.

  • Does Prentice have a student transportation service?

    Prentice does not have a transportation system. However, because we are a commuter school with families coming from four surrounding counties, we help parents find families in their local areas to set up carpools.

  • Does Prentice have a program for students with low cognition?

    The majority of the students who attend The Prentice School have average and above average cognition; however we do have a program for a maximum of 25 students in Grades 5 – 8 who need more intensive intervention.

  • Does Prentice accept students throughout the school year?

    Yes, enrollment is available throughout the school year.

  • Does Prentice offer a Summer School Program?

    Yes, Prentice offers a four-week academic summer school and afternoon summer camp program for all students whether or not they attend Prentice during the school year. The Prentice Summer Program also qualifies as Extended School Year (ESY) for students with an IEP. Registration will begin in February 2017 through our website, www.prentice.org

  • Does Prentice accept students with behavioral issues?

    The Prentice School is not appropriate for students with primary emotional, behavior or significant development issues.

  • Who's my main contact should I have questions

    For questions on admissions, please contact Pam Gordon, Admissions Coordinator at 714.244.4600. For all other questions, please call Devon Green, Director of Enrollment, at 714.244.4608.

  • How does Prentice differentiate itself from other schools?

    The primary difference between The Prentice School and other private schools is that we specialize in educating students with learning differences. Our school is one of a very few in Southern California which serves students in grades K – 8 with learning differences, i.e., dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, specific learning disability, language-based learning disorder, auditory or visual processing disorder, ADHD, weakness in working memory, processing speed, or executive functioning, organizational challenges, and anxiety.

Be Part of Our Professional Database At Prentice, one of our core strengths is building strong relationships with professionals who interact directly with students and families who can benefit significantly from our program.

We work closely with education, medical and legal professionals, and with families seeking assistance in placing their child at Prentice. Our track record of transparency, and our high rate of success also extends to the public school system. Our goal is to become your partner in developing a student's full potential.

You can also be assured that when you are listed in our database, we will not share your information with any 3rd party vendor.

Please note: A listing in the internal Prentice Referral Database does not guarantee an endorsement, partnership, affiliation, sponsorship or recommendation of the professional for his/her services by Prentice.

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  • Debra Brunner, B.A., M.A., CCC-SLPSpeech and Language Pathologist
    • Debra Brunner, B.A., M.A., CCC-SLP Speech and Language Pathologist

      Debra is a California State licensed Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), holding a clear credential in speech-language pathology services. She also maintains a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), from which she received an Award for Continuing Education (ACE) in 2013. Debra received her M.A. in Communicative Disorders from California State University. Fullerton. She is PROMPT trained and has pursued extensive instruction over the years in the area social thinking.

      For nearly 15 years, Debra has worked with children on the autism spectrum. Debra has 10 years of clinical experience working with individuals who have articulation, phonological, language, fluency, and/or voice disorders, and has been featured in three peer-reviewed journal publications. Additionally, she has worked as a part-time faculty member at CSUF, where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses on communicative disorders. Last, she owns a small private practice providing in-home speech therapy, language intervention, and community-based "social coaching."

      At the Prentice School, Debra serves as one of two speech and language pathologists providing diagnostic and treatment services for students with communication disorders. She also teaches social thinking groups for students with social pragmatic deficits. Debra maintains ongoing collaboration with teachers and instructional assistants in order to align therapy with classroom curriculum and facilitate generalization of communication skills to the classroom environment. Further, she supervises a speech language pathology assistant (SLPA) who provides push-in language support for Prentice students and fosters social thinking in the classroom and on the playground.

  • Juliana Clark, M.A., B.A.Speech and Language Pathologist
    • Juliana Clark, M.A., B.A. Speech and Language Pathologist

      Juliana is a California State licensed speech-language pathologist (SLP) and holds a clear credential in speech-language pathology services. She also maintains a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-language Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She earned her B.A. in Communication Disorders and Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and her M.A.in Speech and Language Pathology at San Francisco State University.

      Over the last 17 years Juliana has helped her elementary and junior high students to become effective communicators, problem solvers, and to achieve academic success!

  • Devon Green, M.S.Head of School
    • Devon Green, M.S. Head of School

      Devon joined the Prentice team in the spring of 2014, having concurrently earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Loyola Marymount University in 2004. Devon also holds a Master's of Science in Special Education with a specialization in Mild to Moderate Disabilities and another specialization in Teacher Leadership.

      Prior to coming to Prentice as the Head of School, Devon spent five years with the Newport Academy, a program specializing in the treatment of at-risk adolescents. She is experienced in working closely with vulnerable students and families and is deeply sensitive to their needs, fears and concerns.

      Devon is sincerely invested in the social, emotional and physical well-being of the students and families with whom she interacts. As Head of School for The Prentice School, Devon is excited and grateful to be part of such a reputable organization with a mission statement she firmly believes.

  • April Simpson, MA, OTR/L, SWCOccupational Therapist
    • April Simpson, MA, OTR/L, SWC Occupational Therapist

      April provides individual occupational therapy services as well as collaborative support to teachers and classrooms for sensory and motor needs to help with attention, organization, handwriting and keyboarding. She leads classroom-based groups for self-regulation, including the "Zones of Regulation®" and the "Alert Program®". April also provides individual occupational therapy sessions using the Interactive Metronome®. For students who have restricted ranges of preferred foods, April provides indigo dual feeding interventions, and is passionate about good food being fuel for attention and learning.

      April has been practicing as an occupational therapist since 1999. She received her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh and completed a post-professional Master's degree in occupational therapy from USC. April is certified in sensory integration and to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests. She is certified in the Interactive Metronome. April also holds an advanced practice certification for feeding and swallowing assessment and intervention.

If you are currently working with a family who has a student struggling with learning differences in a traditional classroom setting,

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18341 Lassen Drive, North Tustin, CA 92705
Phone 714. 538.4511

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