The Institute for the Redesign of Learning established a unique non-public school (NPS), Westmoreland Academy, for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) next to the historic Gamble House in Pasadena. Westmoreland Academy is based on the belief that extraordinary students deserve an extraordinary program: from specialized curriculum that meets the individual needs of students that learn in a multitude of ways, to well-trained, empathic, passionate staff who support our students in recognizing that they are “Whole, Able and Complete.” Our goal is to provide our students with a nurturing and effective education using the most current, scientifically-proven, and evidence-based curriculum and interventions available.
Program offerings include:
- Small class sizes
- State-of-the-art motor, movement and occupational therapy labs
- Assistive Technologies
- Language and Speech Services (LAS)
- Occupational Therapy (OT)
- Physical Therapy (PT)
- Student and parent resource libraries
- On-campus physical and adaptive physical education (APE) programs
- Life Skills Center
- College/Vocational Counseling and Guidance
- Mini computer labs in each classroom
- Counseling, behavioral support, and education-related mental health services
- Positive Behavioral Support
- Multidisciplinary Team Design
- Enrichment activities including art, music, and gardening
- On-campus work readiness training
To further meet each student’s unique needs, Westmoreland Academy partners with additional support service agencies, such as Regional Centers, Foothill Autism Alliance, local universities and colleges, and other qualified service providers.
About our staff:
Our professional and support staff meet California license or teaching credential requirements in Special Education and/or areas of specialization. All staff members participate in the Taking Charge® training course in addition to continuous in-service training and professional development programs. Support staff includes those who are licensed or certified with the following credentials: Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT); Marriage and Family Intern (MFTI); Doctorate of Education (EdD); Pupil Personnel Services (PPS); Occupational Therapist (OT); Speech Language Pathologist (SLP); Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA); Behavioral Intervention Case Manager (BICM); Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA). Program supervision is provided by Education Directors who hold Doctorate or Master-level degrees in education administration, Special Education, or related fields.
Westmoreland Academy encourages aspiring educators, clinicians, and therapists in all areas – especially speech or classroom instruction – to inquire about internship and observation opportunities.
Parents and Caregivers
Parents and caregivers looking for an educational program for their student with ASD seek a school that can individualize its programs to meet the unique needs of their child. The intake process at Westmoreland offers both the parent and the child the opportunity to choose the most appropriate education plan for their needs and to make a commitment to work together to achieve the best possible outcomes for each student. Cooperation among families, staff, and students is further enhances through available support groups and trainings.
5 & 6 Westmoreland Place
Pasadena, CA 91103