Nonpublic Schools

Educational Services

"I loved the fact that they were always there when I needed them most.”

- Parent at one of Seneca’s Unconditional Education partnership schools in Oakland

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Maya Angelou Academy

Seneca’s Maya Angelou Academy is a non-public school provides special education services to students grades K-5 with a variety of emotional, behavioral and/or social needs. 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. The goal of our specialized services is to address the behavioral, emotional and developmental challenges of each student in order to prepare them for a less restrictive educational setting. At the same time we provide a rich learning environment to foster pre-academic thinking and growth. To learn more on our school website, click here.  

Catalyst Academy

Seneca's Catalyst Academy is a Nonpublic School located in El Sobrante, California serving students in second through twelfth grade. Catalyst’s primary partnership is with West Contra Costa Unified School District but the school also serve students from neighboring districts. Catalyst Academy strives to deliver top quality, highly integrated therapeutic and special education services to students struggling with significant mental health and behavioral issues.  We aim to inspire our students with the joy of learning and to help them build the mindsets, skills and relationships necessary to succeed beyond our setting. Catalyst’s mission is to promote the social, emotional, behavioral and intellectual development of each student. We believe everyone has the ability to learn and deserves a safe, engaging environment to do so. With high standards for academic scholarship, as well as an emphasis on integrity, respect, and safety, Catalyst Academy students are empowered to make positive changes in their lives and contribute to their communities in meaningful ways. To learn more about Catalyst, contact us or click here

James Baldwin Academy

Seneca’s James Baldwin Academy serves up to 80 students in grades 3-12, 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. To learn more on our school website, click here.

Uprising Academy

Seneca’s Uprising Academy has a mission to “teach the possibilities”, by providing individualized academic instruction and mental health services that meet the full spectrum of each of our student’s needs. We provide each of our students with an individual therapist that works with them on identifying their needs, learning new skills, and making positive changes in their lives. With the support of classroom counselors, special education teachers, and therapists, our students develop a strong, positive connection in a school community built to support them grow and find their own voice in the world. We value the voices of our students and utilize their opinions and feedback to make our school a place where the youth can thrive. Our therapists work with students and their families using evidence based therapeutic modalities that align with Seneca’s Unconditional care model to provide the support they need to feel successful in school and in their lives. Uprising Academy serves students grades 6-12 In Brentwood, CA. With a 6 year WASC accreditation, Uprising Academy works towards its mission by actively implementing systems to help our students transition into mainstream school settings by providing them with the social, emotional, behavioral, academic and vocational skills they need to increase their level of functioning.To learn more about Uprising Academy, contact us or click here.

Pathfinder Academy

Seneca’s Pathfinder Academy is a Nonpublic School located in Union City, California serving students in seventh through twelfth grade.  Pathfinder partners with several school districts around the Bay Area from the East Bay, South Bay and the Peninsula. We believe students thrive when provided an education that humanizes youth and families, as well as provides space for students to heal and empower themselves. Pathfinder delivers a high-quality education with a culturally responsive lens and with highly integrated therapeutic and special education services to students who have significant mental health and behavioral health needs. We aim to inspire our students with the joy of learning and to help them build the mindsets, skills and relationships necessary to succeed beyond our setting and in mainstream educational environments. Overall, Pathfinder Academy promotes the social, emotional, behavioral and intellectual development of each student. We believe anyone has the ability to learn and deserves a safe, engaging environment to do so. With high standards for academic scholarship, as well as an emphasis on community, compassion and students investing in themselves, Pathfinder students are empowered to make positive changes in their lives and contribute to their communities in meaningful ways. To learn more about Pathfinder on our school website, click here

How can I enroll my child?

Seneca's nonpublic schools are tuition-free special education settings operating in concert with students' local schools and districts. Only district or school staff may refer students to a Seneca nonpublic school and all referrals occur through the IEP process. The goal of special education is to maintain a student in the least restrictive educational environment necessary. While Seneca's nonpublic schools provide wonderful services to students, not all students require this level of care. If you are interested in learning more about nonpublic school placements, please contact the Seneca school nearest you or your child's current special education case manager.