Bayhill High School (Oakland, CA)
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Has anyone had any personal experience with Bayhill High School?
If so, how did your child do academically? How is the social
atmosphere? Our daughter has learning differences but is very
social and we are trying to figure our if this is a good fit.
Appreciate any input!
My son has only been at Bayhill for this school year, but we have been
very happy with it. It has been a great fit for him academically and
socially. All the teachers totally ''get'' him, his learning issues,
how to get the best from him. He is getting solid As and Bs with no
modifications on UC approved A-G required course work. I don't believe
this would have been possible in any other school setting. Very small
classes and courses taught in a very accessible way for these kinds of
learners. Socially I was worried about the transition to Bayhill for
him. Would there be a lot of kids with major social issues, etc? I
haven't found this to be the case. He has easily made friends and kids
seem very nice and welcoming. A downside to the small size of the
school is that there just can't be the same kind of extra-curriculars
that a large school could offer, but I think all the positives far out
way that kind of issue. Most importantly, he is truly happy and
engaged there and feels immense relief not to feel different because
of his learning challenges.
Re: High school for LD student with dyslexia
Take a look at Bayhill High School in Oakland. It's a private school with
NPS status. It specializes in kids with language-based learning
There are several private HS within driving distance of Berkeley that
specialize in students with LD. The one I recommend is Bayhill in
Oakland. I can't remember the names of many others... sorry. I would
guess that they all belong to professional organizations perhaps your
current school could provide some names. If not try calling the Raskob
Day School in Oakland. They are a 3-8 school that specializes in this
area and they can probably give you names of some schools their students
go on to.
in the same boat
Would like to hear from other families who have experience with BUSD
in supporting their teen at Bay Hill HS. Would like to hear from
parents that were both successful and those that were not.
welcome advice asap!
Our son (bright with good grades through middle school) bombed at
Berkeley High. We spent two years trying to get him appropriate
services for his learning differences and finally hired an attorney
(Lynn Hansen in Oakland) and went through the mediation/fair hearing
process to get the district to pay for Bayhill. It took a long time
and was extremely stressful, but better than watching our son flounder
and fail. (Not sure what the tuition is but it's in their information
Re: School for 15-y-o who may have mild Aspergers
I don't know about boarding schools, but if you're interested in
checking out a small private high school for kids with learning
differences look at Bayhill HS in Oakland. Our son was struggling in
ways similar to yours and the change has been dramatic. He still has
his issues and difficulties but the staff has been wonderful in
helping him do his best. Also, once you get a diagnosis, call the
Regional Center of the East Bay to ask for an evaluation. If they find
your son eligible, there are behavior specialists who can come to your
home and help with some of the difficult behaviors.
Mom of teen with Asperger's Syndrome
I'd like to hear from parents w/ kids at Bay Hills High School (or
from the 1st grad class). We are going to apply there for our 8th
grade son (who is at Raskob for 8th grade only). We were very
impressed at the open house last week. The school sounds perfect for
us....Also how much off tuition did any get w/ financial aid?
thanks in advance.
doin' the high school thing.
My daughter is in her second year at Bay Hill. She is there on an IEP
through our school district, so I can't address the financial aid
Obviously I don't know your son and can't make a specific
recommendation on an intelligent basis. But I can vouch for Bay Hill
being a good supportive environment and as close to a full-on high
school experience you can get with a student body that maxes out at
80. It's high energy and does not feel the least bit ''clinical.'' They
really strive to individualize the program for each student's needs -
to an extent that continually amazes me. There is a wide range of
needs. The classes are small and they encourage communication between
parents and school, all the while respecting the kids' needs to be
teens and not 'hovered' over. The availability of services at the
site, including educational therapy, speech therapy and traditional
sit-with-your-therapist therapy is a great extra.
Grateful Bay Hill Parent
My child was diagnosed with an expressive and receptive language
delay when she was 3 years old. Through early intervention, she
has made amazing progress. She currently attends kindergarten
at an Oakland Hills public school with great teachers and an
active parent community. However, the school suffers from
overcrowding which negatively impacts that amount of attention
each child receives in the classroom. I am looking for a local
private school that has a positive, supportive environment for
children with learning differences. Any suggestions would be
Parent of a Kindergartener
My child attends Bayhill High School (which was formerly Raskob
High). She is now a senior and this is our third year there.
This school saved our family. I was so frustrated with my
daughter and she was so frustrated with school that she was
throwing away her homework, flat out refused to bring home a
progress report and I had to drive to the school and have the
janitor open the door of the classroom just to get her to admit
she threw her report card away.
Since she has been at Bayhill, she finally enjoys school and
learning. She is very quiet and would disappear in a regular
classroom. At Bayhill, you can't hide because the classes are
too small and everyone is expected to participate.
She is taking challenging classes like physics and geometry,
but they have so much support they can't help but do well.
Finally, I love the support that we receive with planning for
college. They assisted us with getting the appropriate
accomodations for SAT testing and they are committed to getting
these children thinking seriously about college.
Proud Bayhill Parent
After years of watching our dyslexic son suffer (the word is not
too strong) his way through conventional schools such as Ecole
Bilingue and Bishop O'Dowd, we have, at long length, found the
perfect match: Bayhill, which opened its door this September.
Our son entered the 11th grade, in the prep strand. Students are
divided into 2 different English, math, language and history
classes, one more supportive, one more challenging, according to
each studentms ability. The difficulties that seem to cut across
almost all of the students are weaknesses in processing speed,
working memory, and organizational skills - invisible but tough
challenges. Classes are small, homework is light but pertinent.
The athletic program includes flag football and basketball.
Track and field will be offered in the spring. My son has now
been there 2 full months and he is, well, content. As for me, a
parent, I appreciate more than I can tell the entire adventure.
The faculty is young, generous and dedicated; the dean is a
forceful young woman with a keen understanding of the
labyrinthine mind of teens; the staff is just excellent. Speech
and language services are included in the tuition. Psychological
and/or educational therapy are also available. I encourage
anyone interested to contact Rachel Wyle, director of the
school, an extraordinary woman, at: (510) 268-1500. Don't
hesitate to call me at 655-5721.
We would like to hear from any parents who have kids attending
Bayhills. My son, who has language-based learning
disabilities, will be entering 9th grade in the fall and we are
wondering if it would be a good fit and also how difficult it
is to get in for kids who have not attended Raskob.
I am a former Raskob Day School and Raskob High School parent
(from which emerged the brand new high school, Bayhills). I am
happily now a Sterne School parent of a high school sophomore.
Sterne is an outstanding, well-established, WASC accredited, and
State of CA certified middle and high school in San Francisco for
students with language-based learning disabilities. There are
many East Bay-based students who attend, so carpooling has proven
to be easy, plus it's accessible by public transportation. I'd
be happy to speak with you in person about these high school
programs -- and others in the Bay Area (there are some great ones
-Stanbridge Academy in San Mateo being another) -- and try to
answer any questions that I can. Our search for a special ed.
high school that focuses on language-based LD was exhaustive and
took a few years to accomplish. We found Sterne to be the best
solution for our child, short of sending him to one of those
famous New England boarding schools, which we could not bring
ourselves to do. If you will respond to this message by email
with your contact information, I'll provide you with my phone
number. Best wishes, Kathleen
Our son has been attending Bayhill High School since the start of
the year and loves it. It specializes in students with learning
differences. The teachers, curriculum, and facilities are all
great . It's literally been a life changer for my son.
I wanted to put in a plug for Bayhill high school; where my ninth grader attends.
If anyone is looking for a place to put an ''out of sync'' kid this is it. We also spent
two and half years at their sister school Raskob, but I have seen a huge
improvement this year in his ability to stay motivated, manage his work load, and
even the social stuff seems better. My son also has issues beyond his academic
challenges, and I feel the staff has gone out their way to accomadate him. For
example. at my request, they instituted a morning break so that my child, (and
others) could have an AM snack, and they agreed to supervise my child at lunch. I
can't think of any other school that would do this, Im guessing some teachers
probably have to sacrifice their own break time to make this happen. Anyway, the
staff is very dedicated and my child who really needs it, gets a lot of personal
Happy Bayhill Parent
I have a 10th grader at Bayhill high School and she absolutly
loves it there. My daughter was in public school and in special
day since first grade and she never learned a lot as they only
babysat her until her 7th grade special day teacher knew these
kids can learn and taught them. Last year she went to Raskob
which was wonderful and Raskob did not want the highschool
there anymore so BayHill was made and it has the same staff
from Raskob. Bayhill is a wonderful school and the class sizes
are small and your child will get a lot of attention. They will
modify your child's ciriculum as needed to. Everything is
individulized at this school. The kids are all regular kids
that can sozalize. The student body is wonderful and the kids
all seem to get along well. Your child is really supervised all
the time at this school where in a public high school they are
not as supervised. At Bayhill all the teachers really know who
your child is and the director of students knows all 53 kids by
name and for who they really are.This is a wonderful school and
I am so greatful to have a school like this for kids with
learning differences. My daughter loves everything about the
school and she has been able to become really involved in
student council, yearbook, and they even have a cheerleading
program at this small school. The best part of this school is
the attention your child recieves and the individualness the
children get. You would not make a mistake in sending your
child to this fabulous school. We are extremely happy here.
Happy Bayhill parent
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