On Monday, December 14, 2015, LEARN Behavioral announced its purchase of Beach Cities Learning. Beach Cities Learning is a California approved and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredited non-public school that provides special education and alternative education solutions for school districts in California. With locations in Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes and Rosemead, Beach Cities currently serves more than 50 students in the Greater Los Angeles area. The school serves students in grades 1–12 using tailored programs that target confidence building, motivation, focus, and problem solving skills.
According to Dan Campbell, Beach Cities Learning’s Founder and Executive Director, “Our partnership with Learn It will allow us to expand our unique, high-quality services throughout California. We are also excited to collaborate with professionals across Learn It’s organization to offer additional services to our school district clients and continue to help children in need excel.”
Beach Cities Learning along with Desert Choice Schools form the basis of LEARN’s Intensive Behavior Support services which provides managed classroom solutions for school districts to support high-need students, especially those with emotional disabilities (ED), autism spectrum disorders, and alternative learning needs. Don Scheeler, Learn It’s Executive Vice President commented, “We are excited to add Beach Cities services to our portfolio of school-within-a-school services for school districts. With a reintegration rate upwards of 50%, Beach Cities’ philosophy and focus on outcomes fits well with our organization’s goals to provide exceptional services for children with special needs.”
Dan founded Beach Cities Learning in 2009 after spending more than 25 years in public education service, including serving as a program specialist overseeing high school special education programs. He saw first-hand the difficulty schools were facing educating nontraditional learners, and created Beach Cities Learning to fill this gap with a high-quality, outcomes-focused program. Dan added, “Many students do not learn well in traditional institutions. Students do not always respond to the assembly line nature of most institutions. I believe that a child’s strengths and natural abilities need to be the foundation of learning, and this is core to our programs.”