About Oak Hill School

Oak Hill School is #morethanaclassroom, with a staff of more than teachers. It’s the ideal school for students ages 6-22 with autism and other developmental differences to find fulfillment. In addition, we’ve partnered with the University of California San Francisco’s Autism and Neurodevelopmental Program, headed up by internationally known autism expert, Dr. Robert Hendren. Dr Hendren and his UCSF team, along with Oak Hill staff, apply and study science-based treatment and education models.

Through strong therapeutic relationships, we sensitively observe and adapt individualized academic and behavioral instruction with UCSF oversight. Students thrive in our 3 students to 1 teacher ratio.

Our world-class UCSF medical researchers, speech and occupational therapists, teachers and psychotherapists, work in concert to reveal a unique- and constantly updated-360 degree view of your child. Situated on a 7 acre campus in an unrivaled pastoral setting in the hills of Marin County, Oak Hill School students learn to successfully self-regulate and tap into their own creativity.

Students are referred to Oak Hill by their school districts, clinicians, physicians, advocates and other parents. Oak Hill School works closely with school districts to return students to the educational mainstream when appropriate . 

Oak Hill School is approved as a special education facility by the California Department of Education. The school is licensed to accept students with public school district funding as well as private tuition.

Mission Statement:

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!

 —Eddie Heller


Our School

With more than 40 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 four 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.

Our History

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.