Charter schools can vary greatly in their focus and services, and some of more special education friendly than others.  Many charter schools are not able to accommodate those with the most significant special education needs and will may back to the home school.  Charter schools can run a few days a week with home study days to 5 days a week.

Homeschooling.  Homeschooling can be done through a public independent study program or through parents with no affiliation with any school.  See the articles below for more information.


Articles of Interest:

“Homeschooling Your Child With Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Basics” By Holly Bortfeld

“Legal Issues – Special Needs Children” By Linda J. Conrad Jansen, Esq.

Dehesa Charter School
1441 Montiel Rd., Suite 143, Escondido
(760) 743-7880 or (877) 300-8299 toll free
A public school, is a personalized learning program serving home schooling families in San Diego, Riverside, and Orange Counties.  This school has a special education department, but is limited in the types of services and classes offered.

Inspire Charter School
(888) 215-3040
Personalized education for students TK – High School.  Serves Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Imperial Counties.

Sky Mountain Charter School
Accredited California public charter school utilizing an independent study and homeschool model which serves Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.  Monthly field trips, Science & art in the park, and Family park days.  Has a Special Education Department.

Springs Charter Schools
43466 Business Park Drive, Temecula
(951) 252-8800 or 877-438-4451
A free, WASC accredited, public charter school. Offers a number of programs in Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange and San Diego Counties.  While not an appropriate choice for all students or families, Springs offers options: Traditional homeschool students, blended program students whose instruction combines home instruction/home study, classes and enrichment activities provided by student centers, and/or community classes, Independent Study Students, and Site-Based Students.  This school does have a special education department but is limited in the types of services and classes that are offered.

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