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Positive, welcoming schools

We do all we can to maintain a positive ambiance in our schools. We practice our motto: “Catch ’em being good.”

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Public, private, and foreign students

TIEE’s schools enroll students on private contract and on contract with public school districts. We also accept foreign students who qualify for I-20 status.

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We keep our schools in tip-top shape

We believe that teachers teach best and students learn best when the school is cheerfully decorated.

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We truly care about all our students

TIEE’s schools educate nearly the full spectrum of student talent, 3.5 to 22 years of age.

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Educational Excellence
Through Measurably Superior
Teaching Methods

Founded in 1972, The Institute for Effective Education (TIEE) is a California non-profit corporation in good standing. Incorporated for the purpose of providing education and other services to individuals with unique learning needs.

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Accreditation

All of TIEE’s schools are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), certified by the California Department of Education, and approved to serve foreign students by the U.S. Government.

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Evidence-Based Methods

Teachers at TIEE’s schools use teaching methods that are solidly supported by quality research to challenge their students and to encourage their love of learning.

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Recognition

TIEE and its family of schools are recognized nationally for providing quality education using research-validated teaching methods.

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Dedicated Staff

TIEE’s teaching staff averages over 12 years of experience in TIEE schools, demonstrating their commitment to quality education through evidence-based methods.

TIEE's Schools of Distinction

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Children’s Workshop for young children with autism and other developmental disabilities

Located in the Mission Valley area of San Diego, Children’s Workshop provides intensive ABA education for students with moderate to severe learning and/or behavior problems associated with autism and other developmental disabilities. Children’s Workshop is accredited by WASC and certified by the California Department of Education as a nonpublic, nonsectarian school. Click for more about Children’s Workshop

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COOK Education Center for elementary and secondary students

COOK Education Center is located in the Mission Valley area of San Diego. The school is accredited by WASC and is certified by the California Department of Education as a nonpublic, nonsectarian school. COOK has three programs, Foundations, Secondary, and Workshop at COOK providing intensive evidence-based education for students with moderate to severe learning and behavior problems associated with autism and other developmental disabilities. Click to learn more about COOK Education Center

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Mt. Helix Academy for talented kids, Trans-K – 9

Located just off I-8 in La Mesa, California, Mt. Helix Academy is WASC accredited and certified by the California Department of Education as a nonpublic, nonsectarian school educating students from transition kindergarten through 9th grade. Our kindergarteners learn to read and, at graduation from kindergarten, they read the speeches that they wrote. Eighth graders attend the high school of their choice and perform at the top of their class.   Click to learn more about Mt. Helix Academy

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Urban Skills Center for young adults extending their high school education

Located in San Diego’s Mission and next door to TIEE’s COOK Education Center, Urban Skills Center is WASC accredited and certified by the California Department of Education as a nonpublic, nonsectarian school. Urban Skills Center educates young adults, 18-22 years of age, whose learning challenges lead them to require a longer period of schooling to achieve a high school diploma. The school also educates students who will not obtain a high school diploma and need to acquire vocational and independent living skills. Click to learn more about Urban Skills Center

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