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To start the admissions process, please click the INQUIRE NOW button on the top right of the screen.  Once we have received your inquiry, we will contact you to discuss your student and their needs.




Grade Levels: 2 - 8

Total Students: 148

Maximum Classroom Size: 12 to 1

Student Demographic:  Students must have a primary diagnosis with a language or auditory disorder, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, ADD/ADHD, social anxiety, auditory processing or other language-based learning difficulty that requires alternative teaching methods and environments. 


Our programs provide an optimal learning environment for our students.  Our junior high program also focuses on reintegration of the student to a public setting after the 8th grade.


The Prentice School also offers our Responsive Individualized Structured Education (RISE at Prentice) program.  This self-contained program on The Prentice School campus is designed for students in grades 4 - 8 with more complex cognitive, language and social communication deficits.  For more information about our RISE at Prentice program, click here.


Due to our classroom and program structure, we are unable to accept students with social/behavioral primary diagnosis or students that require 1:1 immersive daily assistance.  


If you are unsure if your child is a fit, we're here to help!  Please submit an inquiry or call our Admissions Coordinator at 714-244-4600 and we will gladly guide you to the best solution for your child.


The Prentice School is not appropriate for students on the autism spectrum or with primary social, emotional, or behavioral issues.



 STEP 1 - Submit Our Online Admissions Inquiry 


The first step of the admissions process is to submit our online Inquiry Form.  If you have additional questions about the Admissions Inquiry process and whether your child is a fit for The Prentice School, please contact our Admissions Coordinator at 714-244-4600.


 STEP 2 - Conference Call with Admissions Coordinator 


Our Admissions Coordinator will contact you to confirm your information and discuss options for moving forward with The Prentice School application process or other recommendations based on your child's needs.


 STEP 3 - Collection and Review of Documentation 


The Prentice School requires that certain documentation be submitted for the Admissions Committee to review.


We cannot review your file until all of the following items have been submitted:

      1. Psycho-educational testing report with an IQ score, completed within the last 3 years. (If you do not have this information available, The Prentice School can refer you to qualified professionals who administer comprehensive psycho-educational assessments.)

      2. IEP/504 Plan including assessment report (if applicable)

      3. Most recent report card

      4. Sample of student writing

      5. Completion of admissions application including $100 processing fee 


 STEP 4 - Student Visitation 


Upon review of student documents, if the Admissions Committee agrees that the applicant may be an appropriate fit for Prentice, the applicant will be invited for a three-day visit of the school.
Student visitations are ongoing throughout the school year and are scheduled based on availability. 


 STEP 5 - Enrollment Decision 


If your student is deemed appropriate, you will receive an email enrollment offer and next steps for registration or securing a space on a grade level wait list.
If our team feels that your student's needs could be better met at one of our partner schools, we will assist you with a referral and introduction.


The Prentice School curriculum is built for small groups.  To ensure success for all of our students, each classroom has a maximum student amount and are closed when filled.  You may place your student on a Wait List for Closed grade levels. 


To place your student on the Wait List for the 2022-2023 School Year, you must complete the Intake process and Review of Documentation with our Admissions Team.


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Students placed at The Prentice School through NPS Placement or Settlement Agreement (Local Educational Agency and Parents/Legal Guardians) please review our School District Modes of Placement and Payment requirements below.


Please note that The Prentice School does not accept students who are funded directly by their school district but through a private settlement agreement.








Tuition for the 2021-2022 school year:


The Prentice School

Grades 1-5:  $30,250

Grade 6: $30,750

Grades 7-8: $31,250


RISE at Prentice

Grades 4-8: $33,250


In addition to the tuition fee, a $500 registration and materials fee is required.



The Prentice School’s Board of Directors is committed to providing a needs-based tuition assistance program which enables students who might not otherwise be able to attend our school to receive the benefits of a Prentice education.


Tuition assistance funds are available on a limited basis. To learn more about our tuition assistance, education loans and convenient payment plans, or for information about eligibility and the application process, please contact the Business Office at 714-244-4641.