Student Spotlight: Cameron
For most children starting school, those first days are full of anticipation and excitement. For a child with special needs, that experience can instead be one of fear and anxiety. When Cameron first came to the Country School three years ago, his mom had to drive him each day because he could not tolerate riding the school bus. She would get out of her car with her two other children, then come into the school while the Country School staff would go out to her car to talk with Cameron, waiting patiently until he felt ready to walk into the school. This lasted for several months, but finally staff were able to lessen that transition time for Cameron to come into school bit by bit. By the end of the school year Cameron was able to ride a school bus home for the first time in his life. Cameron now not only rides the bus to and from school each day, but actively participates in his classroom activities. He’s even become a bit of a class clown, telling jokes to staff and his peers. Now being in school is the best part of his day! Cameron has come so far just this past year, and his parents and the Country School staff could not be more proud. This is how miracles truly happen, with small steps leading to greater successes.
About The Country School
TERI’s Country School serves students living in San Diego and South Riverside counties who have Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, ADD/ADHD, and other forms of mild to moderate disabilities affecting learning, behavior, and social skills. The Country School offers children and young adults aged 8-22 an alternative path to their final destination - a small school setting and safe haven where they can learn what they need to know in order to live a life filled with endless possibilities.
The Country School’s team of professionals is committed to the success of each student in reaching his or her full potential. Instruction is tied to state standards with a focus on strategies and skills that help students achieve both academically and socially. The Country School is a diploma granting educational institution licensed by the State of California and also serves students receiving certificates of completion.
Teachers work together with classroom aides, a speech and language pathologist, an occupational therapist and behaviour specialist to provide a seamless and integrated program in a teacher to student ratio of 1:9, 1:3, or 1:1 based on individual need. The Country School includes elementary, middle school, high school, practical skills classes (for those who will not receive a high school diploma), and a transition class to prepare students for adult life. All of our teachers are highly qualified based on state standards. In addition to remedial academics, students also participate in a range of electives including music instruction, fitness, therapeutic equestrian classes, drama, and more. The school admits both students who are privately placed and those on IEP’s and referred by Public School Districts. Parents should contact the Country School Principal to arrange an intake interview and tour and receive tuition information. The Country School operates on a traditional school year calendar with summer school available (based on enrollment).
- Small class size and individual instruction, including 1:1 supports
- Tuition and transportation for most students paid and provided by their home school district
- Remedial education and a wide range of electives available to all students.
- Program certified by the California Department of education and has highly qualified teachers and instructional aides.
Some students can remain in their public or private school classrooms if they and their teacher get the right type of help and support. TERI’s 90-Day Diagnostic Service (TDS) offers intensive assessment in the area of behaviour, interest/engagement, and instructional strategies to students of all ages. Staff at the student’s home school receive 30 days of training and instruction, at their school site, as part of the service.
Country School Director
Shane Hamilton started with the Country School as a teacher in the Elementary classroom. She received her Clear Multiple Subject Credential in 2000. Once she was hired by TERI as a one-on-one aide, she discovered her new passion was in Special Education so she went back to school to get her credentials. Shane now has her Moderate/Severe Education Specialist Instructional Credential and her Masters of Science in Special Education. Shane has learned so much from working with her students and wonderful families. She believes that every student has the right to a valuable and rewarding education. She also feels it is our duty as educators to provide students with tools to achieve this. Shane loves her job and looks forward to coming to school every day!
The Country School Address:
1145 Linda Vista Dr., Ste 105
San Marcos, CA 92078
Fax (760) 510-6866