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Avalon Non-Public School is a specialized educational placement for students with Developmental Disabilities and Serious Emotional Disturbance. Its purpose is to maximize the student’s level of academic and community functioning, enabling them to engage in a pattern of everyday living similar to that of non-disabled peers. A key objective of the program is increasing the student’s ability to succeed in a less restrictive school environment, reduced structure and increased independence.

In addition to the special education portion of the program, the Fred Finch non-public school has the capacity to provide mental health day treatment services for qualified students. The school provides a safe, stable, and highly structured environment by combining intensive staffing, a therapeutic milieu culture, mental health interventions, behavior modification, and a positive peer environment.



Avalon Non-Public School, formally the “Oakland Hills Academy,” serves males and females, ages 12 through 22, who have a developmental disability and may also have a mental health diagnosis. This population has been traditionally under-served and many times find themselves in services that are not specifically designed to meet their complex needs.

Avalon NPS Eligibility


For more information or if you wish to make a referral, please contact Senior Director Mar Smith, LCSW at 510-482-2244, ext. 5254.

Avalon (non-public school) 3800 Coolidge Avenue, Oakland, California 94602

Avalon Referrals

*Required by the California Department of Education. California public & non-public, non-sectarian schools annually provide information to the community to allow public comparison of schools for student achievement, environment, resources, and demographics. Learn more about the report here.*

About Avalon NPS
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