Community gardens help students blossom and grow. As a therapist, I’ve seen it firsthand.

The garden teaches students about nutrition, stewardship of the earth, collaboration of neighbors and more. Leiser is an occupational therapist at the Sierra School of San Diego, which focuses on special education and is located in San Carlos. She lives in North Park. I distinctly remember the first time I stepped foot into the San Carlos Community Garden. It was a hot San Diego summer day four years ago and I was touring the campus as an occupational therapy student for my level two fieldwork rotation. I was ecstatic being able to implement outdoor therapy for my students in a [...]

Community gardens help students blossom and grow. As a therapist, I’ve seen it firsthand.2022-04-05T11:02:21-04:00

Picture Day 2021

Picture Day is November 2nd, 2021. Dress your best and bring your smile! For  more details, visit www.sumnerphoto.com. Learn more about our school today.

Picture Day 20212021-11-03T16:39:45-04:00

Attendance Challenge Day!

Sierra San Diego had their first "Attendance Challenge Day" of the school year. These are randomly picked days by Administration where the class with the highest attendance percentage for that day wins a pizza party for their class. We were excited to have 5 of our classrooms with PERFECT ATTENDANCE on Tuesday, October 12th! Students were excited for their achievement and to get pizza. We look forward to continuing to recognize our students on their attendance achievements! Learn more about our school today.

Attendance Challenge Day!2021-12-14T16:28:52-05:00

Successful Transition: Derek’s Story

Derek’s father explains in this video how his son was successful in his transition from Sierra School to the work force, due to Sierra School of San Diego’s Transition Skills Program. He says, “The transition from Sierra to his adult programs and activities was as smooth as we could have hoped for.” Derek participated in the Work Experience Program, a transition skills program funded by California’s WorkAbility I Program. Sierra Schools are committed to preparing youth to become responsible adults who participate in their communities and lead fulfilling lives. Parents can have peace of mind knowing their child is set [...]

Successful Transition: Derek’s Story2021-10-06T17:16:27-04:00

Character Counts: Caring

In the month of February, all of our students were practicing, learning and displaying the character trait of Caring. Lessons were being taught in counseling groups and throughout Zoom lessons. Students who displayed this character trait all month long were chosen to be the student of the month in their classrooms, during PE, reading pull outs, counseling and DIS groups. Enjoy the virtual assembly, and congratulations to all of our students!

Character Counts: Caring2021-03-05T17:44:56-05:00

Character Counts: Fairness

In the month of January, all of our students were practicing, learning and displaying the character trait of Fairness. Lessons were being taught in counseling groups and throughout Zoom lessons. Students who displayed this character trait all month long were chosen to be the student of the month in their classrooms, during PE, reading pull outs, counseling and DIS groups. Enjoy the virtual assembly, and congratulations to all of our students!

Character Counts: Fairness2021-02-05T17:52:48-05:00

Meet Our B.E.S.T. Team!

Sierra School of San Diego is excited to introduce their Broad-Based Educational Services & Therapies (B.E.S.T.) Model. The B.E.S.T. Model serves students with a range of development disabilities that impact functional communication and social skills: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Intellectual Disabilities, Multiple Disabilities, Down Syndrome, Angelman’s Syndrome, and others. Our proprietary Verbal Behavior Programming utilizes Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) strategies to improve language based social and leisure skills, build fine motor skills, reduce maladaptive behaviors, and generalize these skills in real-life situations. The B.E.S.T. team consists of Certified Special Education Teachers (Moderate/Severe), Behavior Support Providers, School Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Physical [...]

Meet Our B.E.S.T. Team!2020-12-28T18:08:33-05:00

Sierra School of San Diego Explains Why They May Be A Good Fit For Your Special Needs Child

Sierra School of San Diego (formerly Sierra Academy & Springall Academy) provides an intensive, structured, individualized special education program aimed at strengthening each student’s academic and organizational skills, social and emotional abilities, sense of responsibility, job skills, and self-esteem. Sierra School of San Diego’s goal is to get its students to the point where they can successfully reenter “mainstream” schools and the community. All students are encouraged, nurtured, respected, and supported in achieving their full potential in an enriching, positive environment. "The students really excel in our community-oriented programming. The team works very hard to build confidence and competence in [...]

Sierra School of San Diego Explains Why They May Be A Good Fit For Your Special Needs Child2022-01-18T00:27:14-05:00