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Aseltine School

Aseltine School is a coeducational private special needs school for students in grades Kindergarten through 12.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Urban


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Since 1968, Aseltine School has filled a void in the education system by partnering with K-12 students whose serious needs are not met in the public schools. After years of struggle, these young people have lost belief in their abilities – to succeed in school or contribute to the community.

Aseltine’s unique approach to Special Education focuses on student development of creative problem-solving skills and effective conflict resolution skills. Once students have mastered these important life skills, they can finally take advantage of the many opportunities for learning and growth that school has to offer.

We create a supportive community in which all members – staff and students – feel respected, valued and heard. In this safe environment, students allow us to push them to grow academically, emotionally, socially, and ethically beyond what they and others once thought possible. We work with our students as active partners in their learning process to insure they are not merely learning what to think but how to think effectively – a vital skill in our increasingly complex global society

Aseltine prepare students with special learning needs for an independent, productive future by providing support while challenging students to: 1) understand the barriers that have limited their success; 2) develop the skills, knowledge, self-esteem and sense of purpose necessary to overcome these barriers; 3) determine their personal goals and a plan to achieve them; 4) transition independently into school and/or employment, and 5) become passionate learners, critical thinkers and creative problem-solvers that thrive on challenge.


We offer the only alternative approach to Special Education in San Diego County. Teachers design interactive, hands-on lessons using themes and interests from students’ lives, helping engage them in learning and begin to see school as relevant, important and enjoyable. Aseltine’s curriculum meets the CA State Department of Education Standards. Students take traditional academic courses (English, Math, Science, History, etc.) as well as the Fine Arts and the Culinary Arts. Aseltine also offers lessons that address transition skills and provide vocational training. Monthly science-based problem-solving competitions provide students with opportunities to apply their knowledge and creativity to solving complex scenarios like a real scientist; rather than follow a set of instructions to complete an experiment, students receive a “problem” and then work in small teams to “solve” it.

Mission Statement

The mission of Aseltine School is to nurture, challenge and engage K-12 students who do not learn like other children, empowering them to transform from angry, discouraged young people into passionate learners, critical thinkers, creative problem-solvers, and positive role models that thrive on challenge in school and the community.


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Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 40
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
5 2
6 1
7 3
8 5
9 7
10 11
11 7
12 4

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Student Teacher Ratio 11 : 1
Average Class Size 15
Gender 90% Male / 10% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 40%
Hispanic/Latino 22%
Black or African American 35%
American Indian or Alaska Native 2%


Students in the Community (students and staff go on community outings to local events, restaurants, theaters, etc and Clubs (Teen Group, Explore San Diego, Gardening, etc.) allow students to safely explore their interests and broaden their horizons. Students compete against other non-public schools in the CAPSES league in Flag Football, Basketball and Softball. Students receive Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Counseling as mandated or requested. Some of the most vital and unique work we do with students takes place in our Conflict Resolution Program. Conflict resolution is integrated throughout the entire program; when students are unable or unwilling to participate in their classrooms, they are referred or self refer to the Conflict Resolution Room. Rather than simply punish (suspend, expel, detention, etc.) students for refusing to conform, we ask students to do the much more challenging work of examining their behavior; determining how it helps or hinders them in achieving their goals. In the Conflict Resolution Room, students still complete academic work, but their most important work is to resolve their issue and to develop a healthier strategy for addressing future problems. To give students a chance to catch up on overdue assignments and to continue improving their academic skills and developing a work ethic, Aseltine offers Saturday School throughout the year based on student need and interest.
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  • Flag Football
  • Softball
  • Yoga

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