Sierra School at Eastern: Upper School (Sacramento, CA)

Sierra School at Eastern: Upper School

webpage cover photo1150 Eastern Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95864
Phone: 916-488-2515
Fax: 916-488-6763

Extension Site:
2331 St. Marks Way
Sacramento, CA 95864
Phone: 916-930-6189

School Director
Brittany Auernig


The Sierra School at Eastern: Upper School is one of the oldest nonpublic schools in the greater Sacramento area, founded in 1968. Although the Sierra School didn’t join the SESI family until 2000, our mission has always been in line with that of our parent company: to build the confidence and competence of our students through personalized academic interventions.

The Sierra School believes in educating our students from a dual perspective. Thus, integrating mental health and support services with special education classes addresses student needs in a systematic and holistic fashion. We couple this two-part approach with an effective system of behavior management, and within the safe and structured learning environment this creates, students are better able to focus and perform academically.

In serving our students, the Sierra School follows all IEP (Individualized Education Program) mandates and adheres to California State Standards for curriculum, scope, and sequence of required subjects and areas of learning. As a California State Department of Education certified nonpublic school, we can issue both diplomas and Certificates of Attendance, with the ultimate goal being to transition as many students as possible to a less restrictive program individually prepared for each student. To facilitate our efforts, our full-time therapist delivers comprehensive services, meeting with students in both group and individual settings to assist with behavior modification and to nurture our students’ self-esteem, emotional self-worth, and overall well-being. Carrying out such an important mission requires Sierra’s highly talented and strength-based multidisciplinary staff consisting of credentialed special education instructors, a licensed psychotherapist (LCSW/MFCC), and BA- or BS-level teaching assistants.

Our program also includes Transition Services that aim to prepare students for life beyond school and for productive, fulfilling adulthoods. As such, we offer employment options through a WorkAbility I grant issued by the State of California Department of Education. This program component allows us to train, supervise, and place students in employment situations both on and off campus, providing valuable work experience opportunities.

Every Sierra staff member is proud to be part of our exceptional school and our dedicated team, so we invite you to contact us if you have any questions or would like any further information about our program.

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The Sierra School at Eastern is fully accredited by the Schools Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC, Accrediting Commission for Schools, 533 Airport Blvd., Suite 200, Burlingame, CA 94010; phone: 650-696-1060).