About Oak Hill School
At Oak Hill School, education for students with autism is driven by relationships central to building skills in relating, communicating and thinking. By providing innovative educational approaches and developing social emotional learning, we strive to empower students on the autism spectrum so they can realize their full potential.
Oak Hill School is a model public-private partnership in the field of autism and related developmental differences. Students aged 5-22 come from school districts throughout the San Francisco Bay Area to our beautiful setting in the hills of Marin County where we offer a comprehensive and individualized academic program integrated with speech, psychological and occupational therapies.
Students are referred to Oak Hill by their school districts, clinicians, physicians, advocates and other parents. Oak Hill School works closely with districts to return students to the educational mainstream as soon as possible.
Oak Hill School is approved as a special education facility by the California State Department of Education. The school is licensed to accept students with public school district funding as well as private tuition.
Through innovative educational approaches and social-emotional learning, Oak Hill School empowers students on the autism spectrum to realize their full potential.
Oak Hill has been a godsend to my son and our family. It paved the way for Ryan to grow immensely in ways I could only hope for in those really challenging early years. Ryan himself is always excited to go to school each day and now even does homework!
With more than 35 students (and growing!) across our elementary and secondary education programs, Oak Hill benefits from extensive campus opportunities, including 7 classrooms, speech and psychotherapy rooms, an occupational therapy studio, an organic vegetable garden, gymnasium, natural and synthetic turf athletic fields and an outdoor swimming pool.
Students also participate in regularly scheduled visits to outside organizations for service learning, arts education and social interaction. The town of San Anselmo, for example, provides varied opportunities for library visits, shopping, public transit trips and internships. The school’s three vans, and the Golden Gate Transit system, make the greater Bay Area available to Oak Hill students of all ages.
Oak Hill faculty also provide a lab setting for teachers and therapists training in relationship-based methods.
Over 17 years ago, five families came together to create a therapeutic educational environment for their children that they were not able to find anywhere else. A complete wrap around support system for each individual child was formed to allow students to become active and flexible learners.
After forming a Board of Directors, advised by special educator and founding clinician Dr. Barbara Kalmanson and several community educators, they purchased a school site in a wooded former estate behind Marin City in Sausalito. Oak HIll began with five students and steadily grew after certification as a non-public school. In 2008, Oak Hill outgrew its Sausalito campus and moved to its current home in San Anselmo, California.