Our students are referred to us by Antioch Unified School District to attend Sierra School and are generally PreK–12th grade (ages 3 to 22). Our students face disabilities in a variety of areas, including Autism, Intellectual Disability, Emotional Disability, Other Health Impairments, Specific Learning Disabilities, Speech Language Impairment, and more.
We are proud to employ certified special education teachers, staff trained in crisis intervention, and a Transitional Coordinator. We also provide mental health therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy through Antioch Unified School District
Sierra School of Antioch is a nonpublic, special education school that utilizes a unique academic instructional model, an effective positive behavior management system, and multiple mental health techniques to increase academic awareness, develop social skills, and cultivate proper classroom behavior in each of our students.
At Sierra School, our goal is to expedite the transition of students back to the public school system and into mainstream society. We believe nothing is more instrumental to that process than building competence and confidence. That’s why we strive to help our students excel in the classroom, at home, and in their communities.
By focusing on key areas — academics, behavior modifications, support services, and transition / life planning services — we are able to meet the individual needs of all students through these varied approaches to instruction. Through collaboration with a student’s IEP team, we are able to choose the most appropriate learning model based on a given student’s present levels of performance, social capabilities, motor coordination, and ability to learn in a group setting.
Utilizing four specific instructional rotations, students are assessed academically, gain self-regulation skills, learn with district-aligned academic curriculums, and utilize integrated technology.
Serving students with significant autism and developmental disabilities, our model takes learned skills and practically applies them to the multiple environments in which a student would use those skills. Students spends portions of their day rotating through different modalities of instruction, the length and the frequency of each rotation is individuality designed for each learner and based on their current skills and future goals.
Each student enrolled in the model has individualized behavior programming which is driven by Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA). We aim to identify the behaviors that continue to disrupt our student’s ability to access their environment and learning. We then use the data collected from the FBA and classroom data to device strategies that get to the root function of the students disrupted behaviors.
Sierra School offers our students access to several ancillary services designed to meet their specific needs. These services include but are not limited to: individual and group counseling, independent living skills, and the CA WorkAbility 1 Grant. All program components, from our academic model to each of our related services, are designed and implemented with the ultimate goal of expediting our students’ transition back to a less restrictive environment.