Atkinson Youth Services School
"Helping Youth Succeed"
Home of the Wildcats
"You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives." ~ Clay P. Bedford
Ms. Johann Rubia-Miller, Principal
Cescerile Dongallo,
Administrative Assistant

About Us

Atkinson Youth Services School is a non-public school setting serving children in grades K-12 with Emotional Disturbance or Specific Learning Disability as the primary designations. The program also serves Intellectual Disabilities, Autism, Other Health impaired, Multiple Disabilities, and Speech and Language designations.

Adhering to State and District standards, Atkinson provides a strong academic program offering core academic subjects along with career and vocational preparation, visual and performing arts, and computer science engineering.

We offer an extensive elective program in the summer including career education and health/sex education courses as well as in film, swimming, dance, gardening, and music to name a few.

A licensed clinician provides consultation as needed and formulates Behavior Support Plans and recommendations for interventions and IEP's as well as counseling and guidance. A licensed educational psychologist provides educational assessments and recommendations at IEP's. A licensed Psychiatrist provides consulting, assessing, and evaluations of medications. An independent NPA provides speech and language therapy as well as an independent NPA provides occupational therapy. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker provides therapy, social skills curriculum, and social skills groups. Development and implementation of the Behavior Support Plan are completed by the Behavior Intervention Case Manager (BICM). Transition plans and vocational plans are developed and implemented by the Transition Specialist. The Work Experience program is supervised by the ITP Specialist and school personnel, including jobs such as recycling, office assistant, and kitchen.

Our Mental Health program is based on the principles of the Quality School as defined by Dr. William Glasser, Reality Therapy and Choice Theory (RT/CT). These theories are based in the idea that we all have five basic psychological and physiological needs, which are Survival, Love and Belonging, Power, Freedom, and Fun. We help the students fulfill these needs in the most effective way possible and teach how to meet them on their own. Through the process of RT/CT we counsel students in better choice making and successful need fulfillment. We offer goal setting and need assessment daily and an evaluation of earned points to track academic and behavioral progress. Our structure, methods, and therapeutic environment empower our students to be lifelong learners and responsible citizens.

Our curriculum is derived from San Juan Unified School District's K-12 Standards and Benchmarks as well as SRA Reading Mastery, Junior Great Book Program, CAPA Curriculum, and various publishers such as Houghton Mifflin, Scott Foresmen, Prentice Hall, and Harcourt to name a few. We focus on keeping our curriculum meaningful, current, individualized, and fun to meet the student's needs both educationally and emotionally.

School Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday   9am - 2:45pm

1st and 3rd Fridays    9am - 1pm

Ms. Johann Rubia-Miller, Principal