Teaching occurs through a combination of individual, small group, full class, collaboration and consultation services. The students’ accommodations are individualized, which include, but are not limited to highly structured setting, highly motivating tasks, shortened tasks, frequent breaks, which includes sensory based strategies, repetition/review of skills, positive behavior support, and visual supports. In addition, a strong emphasis is placed on developing students’ social/leisure skills through age-appropriate activities, such as weekly themes, monthly socials, prom, and school-wide gatherings.

Sunrise School offers a comprehensive program for students, ages 5 through 21, with moderate to severe global delays associated with autism and other developmental disabilities. The primary goal is to enable each student to realize his or her fullest potential in the areas of independence, functional communication, recreation and leisure skills and pre-vocational/vocational skills.  A wide range of learning opportunities that foster growth in all essential areas is provided by a multidisciplinary team of professionals that includes the teaching staff, speech and language providers, occupational therapists and, of course, the parents.

Sunrise School has several specialized features that set it apart and make it a place where students can achieve their maximum potential.   A few of these are as follows:

Academic programs are individualized and include functional reading, functional writing, functional math, self-help, vocational and community awareness and safety.

LAS and OT Providers work closely with the teachers in a collaborative model to support students’ learning experiences in the full breadth of school activities during Speech and Language and Occupational Therapy sessions.

Students of all ages participate in Community Based Instruction to generalize skills taught in the school setting.

Students can be found hard at work in the student-run garden, planting and caring for vegetables and herbs that they can then harvest for their cooking experiences.

Transition plans are created with parent involvement and Sunrise had parent support groups for parents of children of all ages.

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.

Clerical skills can be honed at the Sunrise Vocational Lab where students can type, laminate, copy and collate.

A Letter From Sunrise's

Heads of School

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Jason Vaske
Culver City Principal
Sue Anne Kaples
Sherman Oaks Principal

The Help Group

Founded in 1975, The Help Group is the largest, most innovative and comprehensive nonprofit of its kind in the United States serving children, adolescents and young adults with special needs related to autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, ADHD, developmental delays, abuse and emotional challenges.

The Help Group’s specialized day schools offer pre-K through high school programs for more than 1,100 students. Its broad range of mental health and therapy services and residential programs extends its reach to more than 6,000 children and their families each year. Recently, The Help Group has launched programs to serve LGBTQ+ youth and homeschooled students. With more than 700 staff members, The Help Group’s state-of-the-art schools and programs are located on five campuses in the Los Angeles area.

The Help Group is widely regarded for its high standards of excellence and unique scope and breadth of services. Through its public awareness and outreach programs, university partnerships, applied research, graduate and postgraduate professional training, conferences and seminars, parent education programs, publications, and public policy efforts, The Help Group touches the lives of children with special needs and their families throughout the United States and in other parts of the world.

At the heart of its efforts is the commitment to helping young people fulfill their potential to lead positive, productive and rewarding lives.



Sunrise’s admits students of any race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, and other school-administered programs.

* Certified by the California State Department of Education

*Accredited by the Western Association off Schools and Colleges

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