about-photoSpectrum Center Schools and Programs have served students with special needs, behavioral challenges and emotional disorders for more than 30 years. Spectrum Center’s state-certified non-public schools and public school integrated collaborative classrooms provide special education services to students ages five to 22 with a wide array of disabilities.

Our team of experts, including Board Certified Behavior Analysts, teachers, therapists and vocational coaches, emphasize positive approaches and utilize research-based methods to serve students with special needs.

Programs and Services

Spectrum Center provides academic programs, life skills training, vocational and transition services, support services and collaborative programs to students with autism, emotional disturbance, physical challenges and developmental delays.

Parents and Students

While enrolled in a Spectrum Center school or program, students can expect customized instruction and plans tailored to meet the needs outlined in their individual education programs (IEP). Spectrum experts and families collaborate to help students work toward their own personalized goals.


Spectrum Center collaborates with educators in public schools when they choose to refer students to Spectrum Schools and Programs. Spectrum also partners with public school districts to provide programs on their campuses. These collaborative programs are open to students whose needs are met in this type of setting and are approved as non-public schools by the California Department of Education.

In these on-site Collaborative Programs, Spectrum Center provides specialized academic instruction services to students with autism, developmental disabilities, emotional disorders and behavioral challenges.

Community Partners

Through community partnerships, Spectrum Center provides opportunities for students to learn and work within the community. With the help of vocational coaches and employers, students learn employment skills essential to becoming as independent as possible.

Life After Spectrum

Spectrum Center students graduate with a high school diploma or receive a certificate of completion and lead fulfilling, productive lives independently or with assistance. Student success is measured by setting individual goals and helping students work toward those goals by providing vocational or technical training, transitional services and independent living preparation.


Spectrum Center operates 25 schools and programs serving 115 public school districts in California, Florida and Tennessee.

About ChanceLight Behavioral Health and Education

Spectrum Center Schools and Programs is a business unit of ChanceLight™ Behavioral Health & Education, the nation’s leading provider of behavioral health and education solutions for children and young adults. We change the direction of children’s lives by offering them the opportunity to create successful, independent futures.

Formerly known as Educational Services of America (ESA), ChanceLight serves more than 13,500 clients and students each day across our two divisions. ChanceLight Behavioral Health serves those with autism spectrum and other behavioral disorders, and pediatric developmental delays and physical challenges. ChanceLight Education includes our alternative education Ombudsman program, which partners with more than 120 school districts to serve at-risk students; and Spectrum Center Schools and Programs, which partners with more than 115 school districts to operate schools and programs for students with special needs.