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Frequently Asked Questions

What are Beacon Day School (BDS) hours of operation?

School hours are from 8:45 am to 2:45 pm Monday through Friday.


What is the contact information for BDS?

24 Centerpointe Drive, La Palma, CA 90623

(714) 288-4200

(714) 735-9299 (Fax)

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What is the admission process?

The admission process can vary based upon the individual circumstances of our students and their specific needs.  Please contact us at (714) 288-4200 and ask to speak with our admissions department to schedule a tour and obtain information regarding our school and the programs we offer.

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What grade levels does BDS serve?

BDS serves elementary, middle, high school and transition students ages 5-22.  All classrooms are taught by special education teachers who hold a moderate to severe credential.

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Is Applied Behavior Analysis consistently used at Beacon Day School?

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a cornerstone of the educational program at BDS and is embedded throughout the school day, across all settings and services. Board certified behavior analysts (BCBAs) develop, implement, and evaluate positive behavior support plans for students and consult in each classroom on a daily basis to ensure best practices. All behavior support staff is trained in the principles of ABA and closely supervised by our BCBAs.

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What designated and/or additional services can be provided, based on student needs?

BDS can provide speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, as well as mental health services (counseling).  Due to comorbid conditions and medical complications often present in individuals with autism, BDS has licensed registered nurses (RNs) and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) as an integral part of the school staff. A reading specialist is available for students to enhance reading fluency and comprehension.  In addition, BDS offers art, music and dog therapy.

How does BDS communicate with parents?

Communication, collaboration, and transparency are core values at BDS.  A communication log is sent home on a daily basis, providing parents and caregivers important details about the school day. Ongoing communication via phone calls and emails takes place between the student’s school team and family throughout the week and as necessary. Progress reports are supplied on a quarterly basis and are aligned with IEP benchmark dates.


How do you determine IEP goals?

IEP goals are developed by the student’s IEP team, including special education teachers, parents/caregivers, and other designated instructional service providers. The school district is also an essential part of the IEP team. Members of the IEP team use multiple methods that may include direct observation, work sample review, collaboration with other professionals, and skills assessments.


What type of curriculum materials are used in the classroom?

BDS has an extensive library of specialized curriculum available to all students and classrooms. Curriculum materials are determined on an individual basis based on the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).


What is the procedure for visitation? Can I simply drop in to see my son/daughter in his/her classroom?

Parents are encouraged to visit the classroom.  We can set up a video observation or you can sit directly in the room.  Advanced notice is appreciated so that scheduling conflicts (other parent visit, district observation, student on community-based instruction or CBI) are prevented.


Does BDS have transportation service offered to/from the school?

BDS offers door-to-door transportation services to and from school. Trained BDS staff provides support to students during the trip and our vehicles are equipped with GPS technology, allowing our transportation team to be in constant communication with staff back on campus. 

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