Schools - Autism Spectrum Disorder Schools - Sunrise School


Sunrise School offers comprehensive special education day school programs for students, ages 5 through 21, with moderate to severe global delays associated with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. The primary goal is to enable each student to realize his or her fullest potential and to become as independent as possible.

With a multidisciplinary team of professionals, Sunrise provides a wide range of learning oportunities that foster growth in all essential areas. This integrated educational program promotes communcative, behavioral, academic, motor, adaptive and independent living skills, as well as social and emotional development.

The program features:

  • Individualized academic programs, which include functional reading, functional writing, functional math, self-help, vocational and community awareness and safety.
  • Occupational Therapy and Adaptive Physical Education services are also available as per students’ IEP. All providers work closely with the teachers in a collaborative model to support students’ learning experience in the full breadth of school activities.
  • Transition plans that are student-centered with parental involvement.
  • Parent support and education groups.

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The classroom environment is structured using the methodology of Teaching and Educating Autistic and Communicatively Handicapped Children (TEACCH).

Community-based instruction that provides students with opportunities to generalize independent living skills taught in the classroom to real-life experiences such as purchasing items, money management, taking public transportation and practicing communication skills with community members.

A fully equipped vocational skills lab provides authentic work experiences for elementary to transition-aged students. Students prepare for future employment opportunities by learning pre-vocational skills such as following directions, practicing social skills and performing clerical, office and delivery tasks.

The Student Garden is a peaceful outdoor space that that offers a bounty of educational experiences to enhance the curriculum in the areas of science, health, agriculture, safety and communication.


Speech and Language services are provided by licensed speech and language pathologists asper students’ Individualized Education Programs (IEP). Providers also work closely with teachers in a collaborative model in the classroom setting.


Technology is provided to support individual needs in various ways. Students are given opportunities to actively explore the web-based curriculum using technology such as iPads, interactive white boards, computers, adaptive keyboards and speech-generating devices.

Student Life

Social skills instruction taught and modeled throughout the school day and reinforced through a rich student life that includes art and music programs, campus-wide events such as a Science Fair and Spirit Weeks. School socials, dances and holiday celebrations provide additional opportunities for Sunrise students to interact socially in age-typical events in an atmosphere that is safe and nurturing.

Positive Behavior Support

Positive Behavior Support utilizing Applied Behavior Analysis management methods, including Discrete Trial Training, Behavior Intervention Implementation, and Pivotal Response Treatment.

Program Administration

Program Administration
Pamela Clark, MA – Director

Culver City Campus

Nata Preis, MA
Head of School

Diane Nuñez

Janet Jarquin, MS

Pat Sandler, MFT
Director, Clinical Services

Sherman Oaks Campus

Sue Anne Kaples, MEd

Sara McCracken, PsyD, BCBA
Director, Early Elementary Programs

Mary Bauman, PhD
Director, Clinical Services


Sunrise School is located in Sherman Oaks and Culver City. Its state-of-the-art education campuses include the following:

  • Daily living center
  • Sensory training center
  • Computer learning center
  • Athletic and play areas
  • Student-operated stores


Culver City Campus

Sherman Oaks Campus