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.



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


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


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