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San Diego DD 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 typical 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.


San Diego Dual Diagnosis Non-Public School serves males and females, ages 12 through 22, who have a developmental disability and may also have a DSM-V mental health diagnosis. This population has been traditionally under-served and many times find themselves in school settings that are not specifically designed to meet their complex needs.

SD NPS Eligibility


For more information or if you wish to make a referral, please contact Senior Director Bruce Wexler, MFT at 619-797-1090.

San Diego Dual Diagnosis Non-Public School 3845 Spring Drive, Spring Valley, California 91977

SD NPS Referrals

This program is partially funded through a contract with the County of San Diego.


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.

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