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Located in a quiet residential neighborhood in the hills of San Leandro, James Baldwin Academy serves up to 80 students in grades 1-12, providing special education services to students with a variety of mental health needs. In our seven small classrooms, we provide individualized attention and direct instruction in core areas in order to help our students make adequate yearly progress on their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals while adhering to a general education standards-based curriculum.  As a Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredited school, we pair a rigorous course of study with a therapeutic milieu and a behavioral program.


Services Offered

Specialized Academic Instruction
Students are provided with 240 minutes of academic instruction daily, delivered by credentialed special educators. High school students are able to earn 30 credits per semester and an additional 15 credits during summer school toward high school graduation. James Baldwin Academy's academic program combines a rigorous emphasis on increased achievement with the supports needed for students to realize success.


Individual Therapy
Every student meets with his/her therapist once a week. By building an alliance with student and continuously seeking their feedback and opinions, our therapists can tailor sessions to students' individual needs and preferences while accessing well-researched therapeutic modalities that align with Seneca's Unconditional Care model.


Family Therapy
We build active partnerships with our students' families and encourage all families to participate in weekly family therapy, which can be offered on campus or at another location at the family's request. By working closely together, we can best support and nurture our students.


Group Therapy
Group therapy provides a structured therapeutic environment for students to learn new skills, process situations, gain a better understanding of themselves, their families, and their communities. Restorative practices enable students to build community and take responsibility for their impact on others.


Other Supports
A variety of additional services may be provided including:

  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Consultation with a Board Certified Behavior Analyst
  • Psychiatric Evaluation and Support


School Calendar
2015-2016 School Calendar


For more information regarding James Baldwin Academy, please email iracema_hromnik@senecacenter.org or call (510) 481-1222


Title 1/Title 2
Our school participates in the federal program Title 1/Title 2, which provides federal funding for the following programs at our school:
Title 1: Extra academic support to targeted students in reading, language arts and math
  • Students engage in a reading intervention program, using iPads to increase engagement and participation
  • Students will use the same iPads to engage in a math intervention program designed to fill skill gaps and support students in reaching their appropriate grade level
  • Students are able to access a levelled reading library to promote a reading culture and increase reading fluency and comprehension
  • Students access high interest reading material through magazine subscriptions and other literature and novel sets
Title 2: Professional development to ensure highly qualified staff and administrators
  • Teachers have participated in several conferences and trainings to increase the knowledge and implementation of instructional strategies (iTeach, LindaMoodBell Reading, ASCD)
  • School staff have been trained to use reading and math programs on the iPads with students.
  • Administrators have attended the ASCD conference to improve their leadership skills and to design and lead professional development at JBA 
We receive these funds through the San Lorenzo Unified School District annually, who are responsible to administrate these funds to our school. If you have any questions or concerns about these programs, please contact our school principal, Sama Hromnik (510-481-1222 x 155 or sama_hromnik@senecacenter.org); alternatively if you would like to register a Uniform Complaint, please click on the link for the policy and forms provided by the San Lorenzo Unified School District http://www.slzusd.k12.ca.us/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1244185493153