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Almansor Academy

Special Education School


Early Childhood Education

Infant to 6 years


Community Outreach Services


Westmoreland Academy

Autism Spectrum Disorder School


Transition & Adult Services

12-59 years


Clinical Services

2-21 years

Our Mission:

 To empower individuals of all abilities 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 communities to support those efforts.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

IRL is committed to promoting a culture of mutual respect and acceptance of all individuals by embracing diversity, ensuring equity, and fostering inclusion.

  • Diversity - We welcome and embrace diverse backgrounds across all facets of TES/IRL including employment, services, and community outreach.
  • Equity - We commit to creating a non-biased culture of empowerment, respect, and belonging.
  • Inclusion - We actively foster opportunities and invite contribution and participation from all individuals.

The Institute for the Redesign of Learning (IRL) 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, individualized curriculum, and created appropriate support and enrichment services designed to turn student and client learning failures into learning successes.

Nearly 50 years later, IRL offers six programs designed to provide a continuum of care for individuals ages infants through adults, many of whom have special needs. IRL annually serves over 2,300 children, students, and clients throughout the greater Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley communities.