Esther B. Clark School

Welcome to Esther B. Clark School (EBC) at Children’s Health Council. EBC is a licensed Non-Public School (NPS) for children ages seven to 16 struggling with anxiety, depression or other emotional and behavioral challenges. We provide a comprehensive, therapeutic program with the goal of returning all students to their home district as productively engaged and appropriately self-managed after two to four years at EBC. 

Our school serves nearly 70 students, each referred by one of 32 contracted districts in Santa Clara, San Mateo or Alameda Counties. All students who attend EBC School have been found eligible for special education under Emotionally Disturbed (ED) or Other Health Impaired (OHI) eligibility and have IEP’s. The frequency and/or intensity of the “fight or flight” behaviors these students demonstrate at school, and often at home, prevents them from gaining educational benefit in their current setting. That’s where EBC can help.

About Our Program

EBC School is a therapeutic school. Students admitted into the program are able to access their grade level curriculum with accommodations when they are at emotional baseline.  Students are grouped according to age, social and educational needs. Here some of the highlights of our comprehensive, therapeutic program:

  • Six hour school days build academic skills in all subject areas
  • A highly structured, yet low stress positive behavior support and intervention system
  • Individual, group and family therapies
  • Each class has a maximum of 12 like-aged students staffed by a team of four professionals
    • A credentialed special education teacher
    • A licensed therapist
    • A trained behaviorist
    • A classroom assistant
  • This team creates a 1:3 staff to student ratio to ensure personalized attention and support throughout each day

EBC School Tours

We invite you to visit EBC and see first hand how our team works to transform the lives of young people everyday. Informational parent tours are given at 9:00 a.m. on the following dates:

  • September 9
  • October 7
  • November 4
  • December 2
  • February 3
  • March 3
  • April 7
  • May 5

PLEASE NOTE: We want you to learn as much as you can about the EBC program, but do be aware that EBC tours are purely informational. Attending a tour has nothing to do with acknowledging or recommending whether an individual child is appropriate, eligible or ought to be placed by the parents’ school district of residence into the EBC program. No such statements will be forthcoming from anyone at EBC on such matters when a tour takes place. Placement arrangements are initiated solely by the resident school district.    

For a more detailed program description and/or to sign up for a parent tour, please call the office at 650.688.3634. You may also arrange for a parent tour online or download a Welcome to EBC packet.

EBC School Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Wednesdays 8:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

EBC School Calendar

Download 2013/2014 calendar.