Country School

A safe haven for children to learn

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 behavior 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 with their special education credentials. 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).

Student Spotlight


Rio's M.O.-Showing up to school with a contagious smile and an eagerness to learn

Since starting at The Country School almost two years ago, Rio has made huge strides. After beginning in the Elementary class, this year he graduated to the Middle School classroom and he’s handled the transition like a champ! Rio always comes to school with a contagious smile, and he eagerly participates in class activities. His thirst for learning, and enthusiasm for subjects such as History, Science, and Social Studies is so strong. In the last year, Rio won an essay contest and got to throw out the first pitch at a Padres game! He has found a new love for the poetry unit in class, specifically writing haiku poems. Rio enjoys it so much, he writes them during his free time. Here is a sample:

It can be crunchy
Fish can be eaten by you
Wasabi ginger

Program Benefits

  • 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

Diagnostic Services

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

Shane Hamilton

Country School Director

Shane Perterson-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!

Contact Shane:

The Country School Address:

1145 Linda Vista Dr. Ste 105

San Marcos, CA 92078

(760) 744-4870

Fax (760) 510-6866

Email Shane:

School Accountability Report Card, 2015-16

Executive Summary School Accountability Report Card, 2012-12

Parents/Guardians: Download the Admin of Med Form here: Admin of Med School Doc

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2017-2018 TCS Academic Calendar