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Admissions information
Big Springs School invites the following students to apply:

  • Students who have been diagnosed through our Multidisciplinary Educational Assessment with a specific learning disability such as dyslexia or other language-based learning disabilities are of average to above average cognitive ability are in grades kindergarten through 6th (between the ages of 5-12) 

Our student population
Our students come from a variety of backgrounds, yet they share some degree of failure and frustration linked to poor academic performance. Some students demonstrate a limited ability to negotiate social situations appropriately. A typical Big Springs student may have difficulty with aspects of reading decoding and/or comprehension; written expression and/or mechanics; mathematics; distractibility or maintaining attention; organization, planning, and time management; initiation or completion of tasks; expressing ideas, opinions, or problems in a concise and relevant manner; memory; following multi-step directions; inde­pendent problem-solving; and expressive and/or receptive nonverbal communication skills.

Applying for Admission
Big Springs School is selective in its decision-making process and admits students based on past and current diagnostic testing, as well as whether there is a space available in a peer group that will best serve his or her academic and social interests.

For your convenience, we have designed the following guidelines:

  • Applications are accepted throughout the year upon completion of our Multidisciplinary Educational Assessment. Big Springs maintains a waiting pool, and should a space become available during the course of the year, the most qualified applicant from this group will be given the opportunity to enroll.

Students at Big Springs School receive instruction in reading, writing, and math with teachers who are specialists trained in multisensory teaching strategies. These methods are proven to be highly effective for persons with specific language differences. Strategies include integration of the following programs:

  • At Big Springs, we believe it is critical for children with learning differences to achieve academic success and maintain grade level in non-reading subjects while learning to read. We offer a curriculum including science, social studies, math, literature, art, music, drama, physical education and computers.  In addition, a speech and language therapist, vision therapist, and an occupational therapist are on site.

Big Springs Intermediate Campus Temecula / Moreno Valley
The main goal and purpose of the Big Springs Intermediate Campus is to provide academic instruction in the areas of Language Arts, Mathematics, and Social Studies to students who benefit from small classroom environments and individualized instruction.

Big Springs Intermediate Campus Population
While the students come from unique backgrounds, all have the common need for a smaller classroom environment and/or individualized instruction. Some students have been in a more restrictive environment and are transitioning into a public school or private school. Other students have been unsuccessful in less restrictive environments like public or private school and require remediation in one or all of the areas of reading comprehension or decoding; written expression or mechanics; and social studies or mathematics. Students who also benefit from the program are ones that need assistance with organization and/or social skills. 

Big Springs Intermediate Campus Design
Big Springs Intermediate Campus was developed to provide support for students in grades 6-8 who are either transitioning from a restrictive environment into a less restrictive environment or require individual or small group instruction. The intermediate program works closely with the student's public, private, or charter school to facilitate learning in the three chore areas of Language Arts, Mathematics, and Social Studies. This instruction follows the direction of the California State Standards while accessing all the different modalities of learning. This, in turn, creates a model of instruction that best fits the needs of each individual student.

High School Support Program
The main goal and purpose of the High School Support Program is to assist Students with the academic plan developed by each student's home school or charter school grogram while providing a small classroom environment, individualized instruction, and support.

Big Springs High School Support Program Design and Population
The Big Springs High School Program partners with local charter schools in developing an academic program of learning for individual high school students in grades 9-12. While the charter school provides the curriculum and design that will lead each student towards a high school diploma, Big Springs High School Support Program provides individual or small group instruction in each academic area. This program is valuable for students with diagnosed learning disorders which includes but is not limited to Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and other forms of auditory processing deficits. The program has also proven valuable for those students who have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and those student who have had difficulties in large classroom or school environment.

Staff / Accreditation
Our lead teachers are appropriately credentialed and/or licensed, and experienced in working with children who learn differently. Big Springs School is accredited and certified by the California State Department of Education as a Nonpublic School for Individuals with Exceptional Needs (Title V. section 3200).

Origin of Big Springs School
Big Springs School was founded in 1980 by Regina G. Richards, M.A. From the beginning, our goal has been to provide individualized intensive assistance to children who “fall through the cracks” in a traditional school setting. 

Big Springs School FAQs

  • What is required to enroll my child in Big Springs School?
    Once our Multidisciplinary Educational Assessment is completed to ascertain your child’s learning patterns and specific learning difference, he or she can be considered for placement in our full-time school program. The student must be between the ages of five and 12, and admittance depends on openings available and appropriate peer grouping to best serve his or her academic and social interests.
  • What if my child’s school already developed an IEP (Individualized Educational Program)?
    Within 30 days of beginning attendance at Big Springs School, we will schedule an IEP meeting to develop appropriate goals and objectives for your child through our curriculum. As benchmarks are met, parents are invited to a conference with the child’s teachers to discuss progress. All district and state requirements are meticulously followed in the Big Springs classroom and future IEPs will be scheduled accordingly.
  • How long will my child have to attend Big Springs?
    We generally expect students to attend Big Springs for two or more years. The final months in our program emphasize reinforcement, enhancement, and confidence in their new skills before transitioning to another school setting.
  • How Can I Afford the Cost of Providing the Necessary Help My Child Needs?  And what is SallieMae?
    • Affordable Rates and Fees based on your Credit:  The K-12 Family Education Loan offers competitive rates and fees.
    • Long Repayment Terms:  You can take up to 20 years to repay the loan which can keep your payments low and affordable.
    • Borrow for both Tuition and Expenses:  You can borrow from a minimum of $1,000 up to the total cost of your child's education for tuition and other education-related expenses such as books, computers, room and board, musical instruments, and sports and other extracurricular activities.

      For more information about Loans and Repayment, visit
      or call 877-279-7172.

About Us

Big Springs Educational Therapy Center and School has been providing help for children
and adults with learning disabilities for over 25 years. We provide educational assessments
to diagnose learning disabilities and give recommendations for programs, compensations,
and strategies to help children and adults who are struggling academically or on the job.
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