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The Prentice School

 18341 Lassen Drive
 North Tustin, CA 92705
[P] (714) 5384511 x 214
[F] (714) 5385004
www.prentice.org
[email protected]
Corinne Conklin
FOUNDED: 1986
INCORPORATED: 1986
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 33-0120257 00000

Summary



Mission StatementMORE »

Mission Statement

To provide innovative education and a nurturing environment for students with learning differences to succeed in life.

Values

At The Prentice School, we believe that all students with learning differences deserve a quality, research-based education. In particular, we lead by valuing:

  • Innovation. A quality multi-sensory education that evolves according to how each student learns best, including the use of state-of-the-art technology and learning tools.
  • Personalization. A customized educational experience that builds and sustains each student’s social, emotional and academic well-being in a caring and nurturing environment.
  • A Whole-Child Approach. Helping students develop and sustain a healthy self-esteem as they reach their full potential and become productive, independent adults.
  • Self-Advocacy. Developing self-motivated students who confidently advocate for their own growth and that of others through collaboration and communication.
  • Community. An affirming community of educators, professionals, parents and contributors that supports students on their respective journeys.
 

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

To provide innovative education and a nurturing environment for students with learning differences to succeed in life.

Values

At The Prentice School, we believe that all students with learning differences deserve a quality, research-based education. In particular, we lead by valuing:

  • Innovation. A quality multi-sensory education that evolves according to how each student learns best, including the use of state-of-the-art technology and learning tools.
  • Personalization. A customized educational experience that builds and sustains each student’s social, emotional and academic well-being in a caring and nurturing environment.
  • A Whole-Child Approach. Helping students develop and sustain a healthy self-esteem as they reach their full potential and become productive, independent adults.
  • Self-Advocacy. Developing self-motivated students who confidently advocate for their own growth and that of others through collaboration and communication.
  • Community. An affirming community of educators, professionals, parents and contributors that supports students on their respective journeys.
 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2020
Projected Expenses $3,800,000.00
Projected Revenue $3,800,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Evidence Based Multisensory Education
  • Accredited academic-based curriculum

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

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Overview


Mission Statement

Mission Statement

To provide innovative education and a nurturing environment for students with learning differences to succeed in life.

Values

At The Prentice School, we believe that all students with learning differences deserve a quality, research-based education. In particular, we lead by valuing:

  • Innovation. A quality multi-sensory education that evolves according to how each student learns best, including the use of state-of-the-art technology and learning tools.
  • Personalization. A customized educational experience that builds and sustains each student’s social, emotional and academic well-being in a caring and nurturing environment.
  • A Whole-Child Approach. Helping students develop and sustain a healthy self-esteem as they reach their full potential and become productive, independent adults.
  • Self-Advocacy. Developing self-motivated students who confidently advocate for their own growth and that of others through collaboration and communication.
  • Community. An affirming community of educators, professionals, parents and contributors that supports students on their respective journeys.
 

Background Statement

The Prentice School was created in 1986 by a dedicated group of professionals, psychologists, doctors, educators, and parents to address the needs of students who were struggling to learn in a traditional classroom environment. These thought-leaders recognized the necessity of a school that could proactively assist this unique student population through a combination of research-proven teaching strategies and an intervention curriculum implemented in a safe, nurturing, and supportive learning environment.

Prentice has more than 30 years of direct experience working with students who learn differently and with experts in the field of special education. Over the years we have partnered with UC Irvine, Chapman University, and California State University San Bernardino, to further their research and participate in field projects that have strengthened our own program.

With an initial focus on students who struggled to read, Prentice initially opened its doors as The Newport Community School. There were two teachers and 25 students in a four-room building. By the following year, enrollment had grown so quickly that the school had to move to a bigger campus.

With the new location came a new name, Prentice Day School, honoring a founding benefactor. By 1990, enrollment had reached 120 students, with others on a waiting list. Prentice was succeeding in its mission of meeting the needs of an underserved community of learners, and an even larger campus was needed.

In 1993, the school relocated to its current site – a beautiful and spacious 6.6 acre school campus in North Tustin, California. Soon after, Prentice received its first six-year accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), a recognition the school has received every six years thereafter. In 1997, Prentice officially changed its name to The Prentice School.

Charitable contributions have also played a pivotal role in Prentice’s history. The campus was originally funded completely by philanthropy, with campus improvements and expansions also made possible by Prentice contributors. As a result, the school is debt-free.

The Prentice School has maintained its standard of excellence and established a reputation as one of the United States’ leading schools for children with learning differences by adhering to its original mission. We offer evidenced-based practices, a highly qualified, caring faculty, and a learning environment that taps into the talents of each student while supporting his or her unique learning differences.


Impact Statement

The Prentice School’s top three accomplishments over the past year:

1. Updated our Critical Pathways to Success

2. Developed an in-depth fundraising strategic plan

3. Held a record breaking fundraising gala which will continue annually in addition to other successful fundraising events

Our top five goals for the upcoming year are to:

1.   1. Inspire student achievement and well-being
2. Promote educational excellence
3. Ensure fiscal responsibility and stewardship
4. Encourage and enhance community contributions

Our long-term organization-wide goals are to deliver the needed education for students with learning differences at a price that is a superior value, as evidenced by full utilization of our campus and faculty resources. We want to be recognized as a leader in the field of education of children with learning differences, with a high awareness, both regionally and nationally of the positive impact we are having on the lives of our students and their families.


Needs Statement

  1. Continue to enhance academic and enrichment programs and curriculum to better serve Prentice students.
  2. Enroll more students to optimize facilities and resources while strengthening our financial position to further develop our academic, enrichment and social/emotional programs.

  3. Increase funding by improving donor relations, increasing donor base and growing Board of Directors to establish various funding streams.

  4. Recruit, develop and retain committed and skilled faculty and staff to build the finest educational program that will attract the families needing our services.

  5. Increase awareness for the school and its unique services in order to support the other four critical needs.


CEO Statement

The Prentice School has provided a life-changing education to more than 5,000 students with learning differences since our founding in 1986. Teaching students Kindergarten through 8th grade, Prentice features a success-oriented approach to learning, multi-sensory language and math instruction, specially trained, fully credentialed teachers, and small class sizes. Our strong academic core is supplemented with enrichment in physical education, computers, Educational Assistive Technology, and experiential science. Our curriculum meets or exceeds California standards and since 1995, Prentice has continued to receive accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.  Prentice has the capacity to serve 150 students. Prentice students come from different cities throughout Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties.

When the Prentice School opened its doors in 1986, there were no schools in Orange County for children with language-based learning disabilities.  Over thirty years later, Prentice remains the only all day school in this area with an instructional program specifically developed for children who learn differently - where students develop a heightened awareness of their own unique learning style, and, as a result, take full command of their own learning process.

While all schools have dedicated teachers, what sets the Prentice faculty apart is additional multisensory training in how to help students with learning differences, and the unique desire to dedicate their lives to help this extraordinary group reach their full potential.


Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Mail a check to The Prentice School at 18341 Lassen Drive, North Tustin, CA 92705, or donate online at www.prentice.org/donate. Call 714-538-4511 to donate over the phone, and ask for Corinne Conklin if you are interested in learning about our fundraising initiatives, volunteer opportunities or in-kind donations. Donations of live and silent auction items for our annual spring gala event are appreciated.

Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County

Prentice is the only all day school in Orange County with a specialized educational program for children with language-based learning differences.  Although located in Santa Ana/North Tustin, our unique program draws students from communities throughout Orange County, Los Angeles and Riverside Counties.  During the past 33 years, the school has educated over 5,000 children with language based learning disabilities.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Primary & Elementary Schools
  2. Education - Elementary & Secondary Schools
  3. Education - Special Education

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Programs


Evidence Based Multisensory Education

Our 30 years of experience in implementing unique, evidence-based, proactive methodologies have created The Prentice Approach. We are constantly innovating and adapting in order to best meet the changing needs of our students. We’re always asking, “What’s the latest research? How does this enhance and better each student’s experience?”

As a learning community, deeply grounded in research and development, we continually engage in dialogue with thought leaders at Chapman University, University of California, Irvine, and Azusa Pacific University in order to incorporate the latest, most effective and relevant methodologies. We strive to create a balance between methods with a long and successful track record and new ones on the cutting-edge that demonstrate exciting and measurable results.

The Prentice Approach:
– Student-Centered
– Evidence-Based
– Strengths Focused
– Nurturing Environment
– Aligned with State Curriculum
– 10:1 Small Class Sizes
– Targeted Intervention
– Technology
– Enhanced Curriculum Interventions
– Enrichment Programs
– Experiential Student Engagement
– Multisensory Direct Literacy Intervention
– Speech and Language Services
– Social Learning
– Occupational Therapy
– School Counselor

The Prentice Approach emphasizes:
– A small staff: to student ratio
– Highly adaptable
– Driven by research

Although best practices in education may have changed over the past 30 years, our commitment to delivering them has not. As a thought leader in the field of education, Prentice has always employed research-proven techniques, while remaining open and adaptable to the most current practices.

Budget  $4,500,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Special Education
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  Students are able to learn and their reading and writing improves.
Program Long-Term Success  Student success in high school and college admission reflects our success in teaching students how to learn and be successful in life. 
Program Success Monitored By 
Assessments including
  • i-Ready for reading and math
  • Basic Reading Inventory for reading comprehension and fluency
  • Step Up to Writing
  • Standard assessments including portfolios, observations, and report cards
We are currently working on a Happiness Survey to measure growth in student happiness. 
Examples of Program Success 

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES Attended by Prentice Alumni 

American University

Arizona State

Art Institute, San Francisco

California State Universities

Chapman University

Chico State

Columbia College

Georgetown University

Hult International Business School

Lehigh University

Loyola Marymount

Loyola University Chicago

Orange Coast College

Saddleback Community College

Santa Clara University

University of Arizona

UC Berkeley

UC Irvine

UC Santa Barbara

University of the Pacific, Conservatory of Music

University of San Diego

University of San Francisco

Whittier College


Accredited academic-based curriculum

The Prentice School is an academic program with curriculum and instruction that is aligned with California State Standards. We are fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and are certified by the California Department of Education as a Nonpublic School.

We are committed to small group instruction. The Prentice School’s student: faculty ratio is 10:1. To more fully address our students’ learning needs, students are placed into small learning groups based on their abilities and skill levels. By utilizing this leveling system, we can meet our students at their present level of performance to remediate foundational skills, build confidence and advance their academic, social and emotional success. These small groups also allow for increased engagement and more targeted intervention and instruction.

Teachers at The Prentice School are fully credentialed in the subject areas they teach. Additionally, they are trained in the research-based Orton-Gillingham direct, systematic, and sequential multi-sensory instructional approach. Our Elementary and Junior High Curriculum includes Language Arts, Social Studies, Science and Math.

Budget  3,800,000
Category  Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) At-Risk Populations People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Program Short-Term Success  Behavioral changes: measured by the difference in incidents requiring disciplinary intervention. All Prentice students are challenged by some type of learning difference, including dyslexia, dysgraphia, and others so no student is segregated as being “different.” This attitude of acceptance has a positive influence on students’ behavior.
Program Long-Term Success 
Academic growth and success: ongoing assessment of student achievement in academic subjects using both formal and informal assessment tools. Pre-enrollment assessment informs staff about each child’s needs and strengths and provides a background against which to evaluate change.
 
Perceptual changes: perceptions of confidence, success, ability, and safety will be measured through input from student and parent surveys. As instruction is individualized, students begin to experience scholastic success and self-esteem increases as they gain confidence about their academic abilities. At Prentice, school becomes a place of safety, free from the damaging effects of failure and bullying.
 
Program Success Monitored By  Ongoing assessment of student achievement in academic subjects using both formal and informal assessment tools, including iReady and BRI.
Examples of Program Success  Many students come to us several years below grade level and are able to to catch up to grade level within a year or two.  We have had parents share with us that their students were behind 3 years in reading, and in one year caught up to grade level or exceeded grade level.  Another scholarship parent shared that her sons started at Prentice at a 1st grade reading level, but were in 6th grade, and they now love reading. 

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Devon Green
CEO Term Start Mar 2018
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

 Devon joined the Prentice team in the spring of 2014. She was raised just blocks away from The Prentice School and has been aware of the school and its mission since the early 1990′s. Devon concurrently earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Loyola Marymount University in 2004. Devon also holds a Masters of Science in Special Education with a specialization in Mild to Moderate Disabilities and another specialization in Teacher Leadership.

Devon spent the five years prior to Prentice as the Director of Education for Newport Academy, a program specializing in the treatment of at-risk adolescents. She is experienced in working closely with vulnerable students and families and is deeply sensitive to their needs, fears and concerns. Devon is sincerely invested in the social, emotional and physical well-being of the students and families with whom she interacts. As Head of School for The Prentice School, Devon is excited and grateful to be part of such a reputable organization with a mission statement she firmly believes.




 

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Alicia Maciel -- 2018
Carol Clark Aug 2004 June 2013

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Sabrina Clark Director of Program --
Corinne Conklin Director of Development --
Devon Green Head of School --
Laurie McKinley Director of Operations --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
WASC Accreditation The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) 2015
WASC Accreditation The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) 2009

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 33
Number of Part Time Staff 13
Number of Volunteers 100
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 92%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 3
Caucasian: 36
Hispanic/Latino: 6
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 37
Male: 9
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

It is known that faculty has the most direct impact on student learning. We are committed to building a Prentice Team that is equipped, motivated, enabled and empowered to implement the organization’s strategic plan. We are doing this by creating a staffing rubric that aligns our recruitment strategy with our changing student demographic needs. In addition we have a formal new-hire onboarding module that promotes growth and recognizes success and have weekly professional development throughout the year as well as an intensive professional development at the start of the school year.

Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Mr. Mark Gaines
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Engineer
Board Chair Term June 2011 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Christine Bixby CHOC Voting
Dan Clark Prudential Overall Supply Voting
Kathy Daigle Accounting Consultant Voting
Diane Donaldson Pearson Assessments Voting
Mark Gaines Retired Voting
Brian Linzmeier The Linzmeier Group Voting
Kelly Olson -- Voting
Judy Pirtle Retired Voting
Jan Steiner Thoro Packaging Voting
Brian Sullivan Risk Information Inc. Voting
Ann Wagner Lawyer Voting
Jeffrey Wallace -- Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 11
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 6
Male: 6
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

The Prentice Board of Directors is composed of active and retired professionals from fields such as business, law, finance, and education.  The majority of our board members also share a special tie to Prentice - specifically, they have either had children or grandchildren attend the school.

Prentice is actively working to grow its board. A successful on-boarding process is crucial to the success of all board members. Currently, potential board members go through a series of meetings prior to being presented to the Board.  They meet with the school’s Head of School and also vetted by members of the Governance Committee before being voted on by the Board of Directors.  When seeking new board candidates, the Governance Committee considers what the needs of the school and the board are at the time.  

Upon approval to join the Board, new members review a New Board Member Orientation with the Chair of the Governance Committee. This process could benefit from more structure and breadth, to ensure the new board member has a full understanding of their duties and responsibilities.

The governing authority is involved in the regular review and refinement of the school’s vision, mission and Schoolwide Learner Outcomes. The governing authority uses a variety of strategies to remain current in research-based knowledge about effective schools. This is an area of strength for Prentice. The board plays an integral role in the review and adoption of the Strategic Goals for the upcoming academic year during their Annual Retreat in June.  If there are questions surrounding any of the Strategic Goals, the board discusses any necessary edits and changes are made prior to rolling out the Strategic Goals to faculty and staff.

The Board of Directors invites outside experts to help guide decisions. The Board of Directors receives bi-monthly reports from administration and departments within the school, such as Technology, Admissions, Development and the Parent Alliance. In addition, they review the Student and Parent Survey results to maintain a connection with those groups of stakeholders.

Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

  • Academic Affairs
  • Audit
  • Board Governance
  • Building
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Institutional Advancement
  • Operations
  • Scholarship
  • Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
  • Technology

Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2019 to June 30, 2020
Projected Revenue $3,800,000.00
Projected Expenses $3,800,000.00
Form 990s

2017 Form 990

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 990 form

2012 990 Form

Audit Documents

2016 Financial Statement

2015 Financial Statement

2014 Financial Statements

2013 Financial Statements

2012 Financial Statements

Audited Financials [6]

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $4,268,194 $3,376,888 $3,100,670
Total Expenses $4,626,641 $3,918,855 $3,622,830

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$288,461 $161,957 $137,631
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $0 $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- $0 $0
Earned Revenue $3,658,421 $3,146,165 $2,917,046
Investment Income, Net of Losses $60,179 $68,818 $72,701
Membership Dues -- $0 $0
Special Events $240,216 $0 $0
Revenue In-Kind $20,917 $0 $0
Other -- $0 $240

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $3,833,709 $2,867,797 $1,949,645
Administration Expense $500,830 $849,714 $1,506,333
Fundraising Expense $292,102 $201,344 $166,852
Payments to Affiliates -- $0 $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.92 0.86 0.86
Program Expense/Total Expenses 83% 73% 54%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 55% 124% 121%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $7,300,516 $7,568,974 $8,013,805
Current Assets $421,399 $542,591 $684,015
Long-Term Liabilities $283,902 $235,996 $228,876
Current Liabilities $450,891 $486,552 $363,215
Total Net Assets $6,565,723 $6,846,426 $7,421,714

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 0.93 1.12 1.88

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 4% 3% 3%
Endowment Value $1,000,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) 25%
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments

As a nonprofit 501c3 organization, The Prentice School garners donations as its secondary source of income; the primary source of income is parent-paid tuition. Donors are a key part of our community. They include: current and former Prentice parents; grandparents; faculty and staff; current and former Prentice administrators and board members; community organizations; corporate and family foundations; and businesses and professional partners. These amazing individuals and organizations demonstrate their commitment to the well-being and academic success of Prentice students through financial and in-kind contributions that go toward program, curriculum, scholarships and facility improvements.

 

The school has developed a marketing and fund development strategy concentrated on growing and leveraging the partnerships with members of the Prentice community to establish sustainable funds for The Prentice School. The school has a full-time Director of Strategic Growth that is focused on implementing these strategies that also support the mission and vision of the school. 

 

Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.

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