A Community of Support and Learning in Marin
We foster a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere at our two Marin schools, which embrace students from both Marin and the broader San Francisco Bay Area. Our focus is on providing special education to students with unique requirements, and we strive to tailor our approach to each individual student.
All Children Academics operates two small private schools in Marin County, that are focused on helping children with academic and social learning differences reach their full potential.
We are dedicated to solving the educational challenges faced by children with special needs. We understand that parents of children with special needs face unique challenges in finding the right educational environment for their child. Our mission is to provide a supportive, nurturing, and inclusive environment that helps children with special needs thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.
All Children Academics was founded in June 2009, by Shana Kenney after realizing there was a real need in the community for specialized education for children with special educational needs that was not being met by the public school system.
We recognize that every child is unique, and we work closely with families to develop personalized education plans that cater to their child’s specific needs. Our team of highly trained and experienced educators use evidence-based approaches to teach children with special needs, and we offer space for a range of services, including individualized instruction, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, and social skills training.
At All Children Academics, we believe that every child deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential, and we are committed to helping them do so. Our small class sizes and individualized attention allow us to provide the support and guidance that children with special needs require to succeed.
Working in the best interests of your child
We understand that navigating the educational system for children with special needs can be very overwhelming. Choosing the right school for your child is a big decision, and we are here to support you every step of the way.
We offer a comprehensive support system that includes parent-teacher conferences, progress reports, and regular communication to keep parents informed about their child’s progress. We also provide resources and guidance for parents on how to support their child’s learning.
Our whole child approach
Enriching young lives
Our mission is to enrich the lives of young people through small group instruction, social skills development, academic support, sensory integration and early childhood education.
Building upon strengths
We view social achievement to be equally as important as academic achievement. Teachers believe in high praise and encouragement, and welcome each child’s uniqueness.
A partnership for success
We believe in working in an honest, collaborative nature with students, families and specialists. Success is built upon the strength and collaboration of a child’s support system.
Made my child feel happy, safe & welcome.
He loves going to school.
An incredible safe place.
Our son wants to go to school.
ACA is a diamond in the rough.
His self confidence is climbing.
Questions & Answers
We understand that you may have questions or concerns, and we're here to help. Our goal is to provide you with all the information you need to make informed decisions and make the best choice for your child's development.
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Yes, we partner with each family, so that each child has a team built specifically for them. We welcome your child’s experts onto our campus so we can collaborate. Each child is unique, and different practitioners provide a different skills set, so we welcome the diversity in education.
Yes. We have many 2E students who attend our program. Because of our intentionally small class sizes, and individualized program, each student can be pushed to learn in areas they excel at, and provided with extra attention on areas that need more support.
Our older students are engaged with many off campus activities and classes where they are able to take the skills they have learned and utilize them across different contexts with a variety of peers.
Yes. Our parent support groups are led each year by fellow parents who have “been around the block.” We additionally value family events on weekends, family field trips, and school parties.
We offer onsite occupational and speech therapy. Additionally, families are welcome to have their personal therapists, tutors, or practitioners come onto our campus during the day to see their child, and utilize our private therapy rooms.
Our staff initially comes to us with a minimum of 3 years experience in special education with a college degree. We then train our educated staff, in our unique and best practices as a school. Because our approach to learning is completely individualized, staff learn the flexibility on how to create a specific plan for each child and how to implement that plan. Staff are trained on multiple academic and assessment modalities so they can pick the appropriate teaching materials and methods for each student.
Our unique program is not a “quick fix,” nor is any other specialized program for your child. Each child is different, and while some children warm up immediately, some take six months to feel safe and comfortable. Our staff works with parents to determine, year-by-year, what the best transition plan is for each child. Our top-quality programs allow students to stay with us through 5th grade, and we encourage interested families to do so. Our program can grow along with your child and provide more advanced education as he or she develops.
Parents often feel that their children will be more successful if they are placed in a group of older children. This is a misconception and can be damaging for a child that is learning social skills and developing confidence. If a younger child is placed with an older group of students, that child is immediately viewed as younger and may not be appealing to the other students.
All Children Academics places children with other children of the same developmental age, who share the same interests and are developing at the same rate. We place children into groups where they can be successful and can relate to the other children in the group. We often have groups where children have age gaps from 1 to 3-years. Rushing a 4-year-old into Kindergarten, or a younger child into any grade, often reflects a parent’s need, not the student’s need. We believe in following each individual child’s needs and building his or her skills based upon those individual needs.
We view behavior as a form of communication. We believe that if we can meet the needs of the child’s communication then we can be successful with that child.
We find positive solutions for behavior problems that often aren’t behaviors at all, but rather, a survival technique triggered by their environment. We advise that children with behavior problems attend our program full time for one year to resolve and develop the tools they need to address the underlying problems. Children who come to us with behavior problems often do not exhibit these problems while they are in our classrooms.
Because our classrooms are equipped to nurture children with sensory needs, providing individualized education in a small group environment, behaviors are often eliminated. Our team works to create positive behaviors, as well as to further the child’s social and emotional development, so they will feel confident and safe in a large group setting.
Our standards are that our school is a safe place. We want every student to know that they are physically, and emotionally safe when on our campus. We help to make sure each child has access to what they need in order to feel safe to learn.
We are not equipped for children who need restraint or have aggressive Behaviors.
Our program is one-of-a-kind in that we are the only private, early intervention, special education program in the Bay Area for special needs kids. Our personal approach, family collaboration and home-like setting sets us apart from traditional early intervention, special education. Our educated professionals and new curriculums keep us updated with the newest and best techniques for early intervention. We educate children in a small group setting and use a “Social Thinking” curriculum as our baseline. Our teachers are highly educated in special education, social skills, early education, sensory processing disorders, behavioral intervention, autism spectrum disorders and ADHD.
We strive first and foremost to create a safe environment for children, and second, to allow children to learn in a hands-on, active way. Our outdoor space is unique to our program and gives children an additional way to learn, develop friendships, release tension and develop gross motor strength. Our indoor climbing wall, yoga, cooking, art and music classes all add to what makes the All Children Academics experience unique.
All Children Academics serves special needs children who would benefit from individualized attention. Students of All Children Academics have diagnoses of ADHD, anxiety, Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), speech and language deficits, and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ACA also serves children without a diagnosis who need our services to increase social awareness and academic strength.
All of our students come to us needing social and emotional development. Our students are children who often don’t qualify for services, those who are quietly slipping through the cracks, or those who exhibit behaviors in large group settings. All Children Academics is devoted to serving the children and families who will benefit from social, emotional and behavioral development to help them succeed.
Our approach to learning stems from our belief that one’s sensory system must be fed and calm in order to access learning. We utilize an enormous amount of resources throughout the day to feed each students sensory system so that they may be able to focus academically, socially, and emotionally.
There is often a misconception that children learn social skills and make friends when they are with LOTS of kids. This is incorrect. In large settings, children are often overloaded, lost and confused, displaying behaviors of aggression or defensiveness. With our small group environment, we allow children the opportunity to feel safe in social and academic settings, and we teach students the appropriate ways to behave in these settings.
With one adult to every three students, teachers participate in student-to-student interactions, supporting them in friendship-making skills and appropriate classroom behavior. Throughout the day, classes combine for a total of 18-20 kids. We feel this is great practice for developing self-regulation and social skills.
The students of All Children Academics come to us with varying needs and different backgrounds. All students are here because they learn best in a small group setting and find our individualized program an advantage to their success. We place students in groups that will complement each child’s progress, and we make sure that children’s personalities within a group are a good fit.
As in life, there are bound to be issues, problems and negative exchanges between students. With our high teacher to student ratio, we are able to greatly limit these moments and use them as a “learning experience” for our students. Part of our program is to teach children to be independent thinkers, follow good judgment, and ignore the influence of negative behavior. We are confident in saying that our program will teach your child positive behaviors and they will grow emotionally and socially.