History

The Prentice School was created in 1986 by a dedicated group of professionals, psychologists, doctors, educators, and parents to address the needs of students who were struggling to learn in a traditional classroom environment.

These thought-leaders recognized the necessity of a school that could proactively assist this unique student population through a combination of research-proven teaching strategies and an intervention curriculum implemented in a safe, nurturing, and supportive learning environment.

With an initial focus on students who struggled to read, Prentice opened its doors as The Newport Community School. There were two teachers and 25 students in a four-room building. By the following year, enrollment had grown so quickly, the school had to move to a bigger campus.

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With the new location came a new name, Prentice Day School, honoring a founding benefactor. By 1990, enrollment had reached 120 students, with others on a waiting list. Prentice was succeeding in its mission of meeting the needs of an underserved community of learners, and an even larger campus was needed.

In 1993, the school relocated to its current site – a sprawling 6.6 acre school campus in North Tustin, California. Soon after, Prentice received its first six-year accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), a recognition the school has received every six years thereafter.

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In 1997, Prentice officially changed its name to The Prentice School.

Thirty years after its inception, The Prentice School has maintained its standard of excellence and established a reputation as one of the leading schools for children with learning differences by adhering to its original mission. We offer evidenced-based practices, a highly qualified, caring faculty, and a learning environment that taps into the talents of each student while supporting his or her unique learning differences.

The Prentice School continues to offer an unparalleled learning experience to students whose needs have not been met in the more traditional classroom setting.