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The Institute for the Redesign of Learning began in 1974 when its founder, Nancy J. Lavelle, Ph.D., created the Almansor Education Center with four students in classroom space located in a church on Almansor Street in Alhambra, California. With a belief that every student has the ability to “take charge” of their own learning process, Dr. Lavelle established a unique environment, a individualized curriculum, and appropriate support and enrichment services designed to turn students’ and clients learning failure into learning success.

Now over forty years later, the Institute for the Redesign of Learning, offers six programs that are designed to provide a continuum of care for individuals with special needs, ages infants through adults, and annually serves over 3,700 children, students and clients throughout the greater Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley communities. These programs include: Almansor Early Childhood Education Services, Almansor Community Outreach Services, the Almansor Academy (a Non-Public Special Education Day School), Almansor Mental Health Services and Almansor Transition and Adult Services/Employment Services. The Institute’s newest undertaking is the Westmoreland Academy (a Non-Public Special Education Day School for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders) located in Pasadena.

Our mission is to empower people with special needs to take charge of their own learning and lives, making it possible for them to be competent, caring and contributing members of society; and to provide learning opportunities for families, professionals, and the community to support those efforts.

As a team of a committed students/clients, parents and caregivers, professional and support staff, board members and community supporters, we are working together in a profound endeavor that has supported the success of thousands of individuals with special needs throughout the course of over four decades—a mission we look forward to continuing for decades to come.


The Institute for the Redesign of Learning is a multi-service, community based special education, mental health, job development, and training facility for special needs children, students, and clients.
The institute for the Redesign of Learning operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, and national origin in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. For more information, please click here.

El Instituto para el Rediseño de Aprendizaje opera sus programas y servicios sin distinción de raza, color y origen nacional con arreglo al título VI de la ley de derechos civiles. Para obtener más información, por favor haga clic aquí.