About Magnolia Park
Magnolia Park School is a regionalized Foothill SELPA program, which serves students from Burbank Unified School District, Glendale Unified School District, and La Canada Unified School District.
Magnolia Park School is a special educational program for students whose social emotional functioning is significantly impacting his or her education. Within a small, structured, therapeutic setting, students work toward achieving the academic, social, and emotional goals set forth in their Individualized Educational Program (IEP). Our mission is to assist our students in gaining coping skills for managing environmental stressors and mental health symptoms while obtaining a high school diploma.
There are two high school classrooms that provide instruction for 9-12th grade. Students are provided an opportunity to recover credits due to the flexibility of the academic programing, which allows for students to complete classes outside of the typical course of study. Credit redemption and counseling support is also provided during the ESY (Extended School Year) program, offered during summer session.
In addition to meeting academic requirements, Magnolia Park School provides school-based counseling and behavior services to high school students and their families. The program focuses on developing pro-social coping/life skills. Each student receives at minimum 60 minutes per week of both individual and group counseling and 60 to 240 minutes per month for parent counseling. The school-based counseling expands beyond outpatient counseling, which gives the clinician an opportunity to see the larger picture and address issues and challenges holistically. The clinicians at Magnolia Park School work collaboratively with teachers, behavior aides, and the Program Specialist/School Psychologist throughout the day as issues and challenges arise. This gives clinicians an opportunity to address issues immediately and in coordination with the school staff. Throughout the school day, the clinicians utilize a cognitive behavioral approach to assist students in his or her interactions in the present allowing for a more problem-solving orientation.
Additionally, Magnolia Park School incorporates creative arts and other educational programs from outside providers to help enrich the students’ learning experience and growth.
Hours during regular school year/in-person instruction:
Hours during ESY (Extended School Year held in June and July):
Monday-Thursday 8:20 - 1:20
Summer Session is 4 days a week
Class size: 10-12 students
Grades served: 9-12th
Prior to the referral process, the school or district based IEP team agrees that the student is unable to access the school curriculum in a less restrictive environment.
The IEP teams will recommend/consider a small setting with therapeutic support. Then, the students are considered for enrollment once the home school psychologist has presented the student to the Referral to Treatment Team (RTT). The RTT must agree that the student is appropriate for the program. Once the student has been accepted, the enrollment process occurs. Often, there are visits to the campus before the student is enrolled. The IEP itself serves as a “permit” for students outside of BUSD.
-IEP team agrees that the student is unable to access the school curriculum in a less restrictive environment
-IEP team recommending/considering a small setting with therapeutic support
-The home district presents student to the Referral to Treatment Team (RTT) at Magnolia Park School
-The RTT agrees that the student is an appropriate fit for the program
-Student must meet the special education eligibility criteria for Emotional Disturbance (ED)
-Student must have cognitive ability and academic skills within the low average to above average range
David Guyer, Principal
Avra Warsofsky - Program Specialist/School Psychologist
Randall Badders - Teacher
Maggie Hess- Witucki - Teacher
Kristine Arutyunyan - Inst. Asst. - Severe Behavioral II
Rita Avedissian - Therapist
Megan Mathewson - Therapist
Krista Kulisch - Office Manager
1915 Monterey Avenue
Burbank, California 91506
(Enter off of Lamer St - we share a campus with Monterey High School)