FAQ
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILD HAS A LEARNING DIFFERENCE?

If your child is having difficulty with reading, writing, math, handwriting, spelling, rhyming, or language development, then your child may be showing signs of dyslexia or other language-based learning difficulties. Speak with your pediatrician, teacher, psychologist, or other professional if your child is exhibiting the following:

  • Delay in talking and/or difficulty articulating or pronouncing words
  • Trouble learning common nursery rhymes
  • Difficulty learning and/or remembering words
  • Difficulty learning letters and their sounds
  • Difficulty with listening and following directions
  • Trouble expressing thoughts
  • Difficulty with recalling names or letter sounds

Some difficulties in later years include trouble with:

  • Slow and labored reading
  • Organizing written and spoken language
  • Spelling
  • Handwriting
  • Learning math facts/solving story problems
MY CHILD HAS JUST BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH A LEARNING DIFFERENCE. WHAT DO I DO?

There is a solution! Learn more about your child’s learning challenge[s] and become familiar with his/her struggles. (Understood.org is one of several great resources available.) Contact your child’s doctor, teacher, psychologist, or other professional about some of the options available to help your child overcome these learning issues. Then schedule a meeting with the school to discuss possible support services and accommodations for your child.

MY CHILD IS IN THE 6TH GRADE. SHE ALREADY HAS AN IEP, BUT I FEEL THAT SHE IS STILL NOT “MAKING ANY PROGRESS”. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Get objective testing of the academic skills areas – reading, writing, arithmetic and spelling for your child. After getting the objective testing results, you will know whether or not your child is really making progress toward the goals in the IEP. If objective testing indicates that your child is not learning and progressing as expected, then the educational plan may not be appropriate. If your child is not learning or making progress then the IEP should be revised.

I’D LIKE TO GET MY CHILD FORMALLY ASSESSED AND TESTED. CAN PRENTICE HELP ME?

Yes, contact Pam Gordon at 714.244.4600 and she will direct you to the appropriate person for testing and assessment.

DOES PRENTICE OFFER FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE?

The Prentice School does offer financial assistance to families who meet the requirement. Our assistance program is need-based and requires that the family meet with the Admissions Department to determine if they are eligible. Our assistance program does not cover the full cost of tuition. We still require families make a contribution toward tuition.

IS PRENTICE A NONPUBLIC SCHOOL (NPS)? WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR MY CHILD?

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, or IEP. The decision to place and fund a student at Prentice under the NPS status is at the discretion of the school district. For more information please contact the Admissions Office at 714.244.4600.

WE LIVE OUTSIDE OF ORANGE COUNTY, CAN MY CHILD STILL ATTEND THE PRENTICE SCHOOL?

Absolutely. Our Prentice students commute from four Southern California counties – Orange County, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside. We have an excellent carpool system that helps to connect families living in the same area. We also have international families and families that have relocated from out of state.

WHAT IS THE AVERAGE LENGTH OF ENROLLMENT AT PRENTICE?

Students are encouraged to attend Prentice for at least three years in order to learn and develop a foundation of learning techniques that will help them overcome their learning challenges and can be applied in any learning environment in the future. Some students may progress in their learning at a faster pace, while other families prefer to keep their child at Prentice through 8th grade.

WHERE DO STUDENTS GO AFTER PRENTICE?

The school counselor is available to meet with our students and families to assist them with any transitions, such as from elementary to junior high, or junior high to high school. Our 8th grade graduates have moved on to their local public high school and other private schools such as J Serra and Mater Dei.

DO YOU ASSIGN HOMEWORK?

Yes, homework is given. The amount of homework varies by grade level. The focus of our homework is to develop core academic skills and develop positive work habits. The level of homework is carefully balanced so as not to lead to frustration.

DOES YOUR SCHOOL USE THE ORTON-GILLINGHAM METHOD?

Yes, The Prentice School uses the Slingerland® Approach, a multi-sensory instructional methodology to teach the students during the school year and Summer Program. This approach is a classroom adaptation of the Orton-Gillingham method. It is a structured, sequential, simultaneous, multi sensory teaching method designed to help students and other struggling readers with speaking, reading, writing and spelling.

HOW ARE STUDENTS SELECTED TO ATTEND PRENTICE?

Parents or guardians are encouraged to attend a Monthly School Tour or schedule a private tour of the school to learn more about The Prentice School. Interested families are then asked to submit the necessary documentation. The Admissions Committee will then determine if the child is appropriate for the school. If the child is appropriate, he/she will then be scheduled for a 3-day visit of the school.  Afterwards, the families will meet with the Director of Admissions to go over the visitation. If appropriate, enrollment is then offered. Please also see The Admissions Process for the step-by-step process.

WHAT IS THE COST OF YOUR TUITION?

Tuition is $20,550 for Kindergarten to 5th grade students and $21,630 for 6th to 8th grade students.

WHAT TIME DOES THE DAY BEGIN AND END

Class begins at 8:10 AM and ends at 3 PM, Monday to Friday, with the exception of Thursdays. On Thursday, school ends an hour early at 2 PM.

HOW MANY REGULAR SCHOOL DAYS OF INSTRUCTION ARE IN A SCHOOL YEAR?

There are 180 school days of instruction in a school year.

HOW MANY DAYS OF INSTRUCTION DURING THE SUMMER PROGRAM?

There are 20 days of instruction during the Summer Program.

MY CHILD HAS A 1:1 AIDE, CAN HE ATTEND PRENTICE?

No, our students need to have the ability to take group and direct instruction from the classroom teacher.

IS YOUR PROGRAM APPROPRIATE FOR AN AUTISTIC STUDENT?

No. The Prentice School does not offer an autistic program. We are an academic intervention program, not appropriate for students with primary emotional, externalized behavior or significant developmental issues.