The Spectrum Program is a unique program designed to create educational options and interventions, within a regular school environment, for students that meet the diagnostic criteria specified in the revised DSM-5 for Autism Spectrum Disorder; formally categorized as Asperger’s Syndrome or High Functioning Autism. The program targets academically capable students diagnosed with ASD and takes a fresh approach to addressing their needs by both: a) including them in neurotypical academic classes and campus activities, and b) providing concentrated, daily focus on improving our students’ social and real-world functioning skills within the specialized Spectrum Life Skills Program. The Spectrum Program offers the following accommodations: extended time on tests, extended time on large projects, and preferential seating at the front of the room. Our main goal is to provide support to our students in developing executive functioning skills, organization, time management, calendaring, and self advocacy.

Who is a good candidate for the Spectrum Program at New Roads School?
  • Students must be able to handle the neurotypical college preparatory academic rigor that New Roads offers at both the middle and upper school levels.
  • Our ideal candidate should be within the High Functioning/ Asperger’s realm of the Spectrum
  • Students do not have to have an IEP or a formal diagnosis to be accepted into the program.
  • Families must be prepared to attend monthly parent meetings, in addition to participating in various Spectrum Program events.
What does the Life Skills Program look like?
Our Life Skills Program takes place during the elective periods of the school day for both the upper school and the middle school programs. Students are mainstreamed with their neurotypical peers for the remainder of the day.

At the upper school, there are four different Life Skills classes that are offered in which students can receive University of California arts and math elective credits. These classes provide an opportunity to work on the following:
  • Social, executive functioning, and organizational skills
  • Real world experiences for students to navigate both social and academic situations
  • Project-based learning
  • Individual goals based on their specific needs.  

Spectrum Drama Program

The Spectrum Drama Program is an all-encompassing theatrical experience for middle school students, upper school students and alumni diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Together with their neurotypical peers, students learn acting, improvisation, voice, speech, movement and dance. This ensemble-based program promotes cooperative and creative collaboration, Students are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones, develop their own voices, and take artistic risks in a safe and supportive environment.
Students do not need to be in the Spectrum Program at New Roads School to participate. All students need to apply and go through an interview process.
For further information about
New Roads School's
Spectrum Program
and to inquire about admissions,
please contact:

Elisa Schultz
310-828-5582 x 277 voicemail
310-828-2582 fax

Ryan Hawley
310-828-5582 x 206 phone
310-828-2582 fax

Nancy London
Founding Director
310-828-5582 x 233 phone
310-828-2582 fax

Spectrum Program Office
310-828-5582 x 234


Students in the Spectrum Program have been accepted for enrollment in the following colleges and universities:

American University
Bard College
Bennington College
Bryant University
Coe College
College of Wooster
Colorado State University
Columbia College
Cornell College
CSU Channel Islands
CSU East Bay
CSU Fullerton
CSU Monterey Bay
CSU Northridge
DigiPen Institute of Technology
Eugene Lang College
Furman University
Hampshire College
Hendrix College
Humboldt State University
Ithaca College
Lewis & Clark College
Linfield College
Loyola Marymount University
McDaniel College
Millsaps College
Occidental College
Oregon State University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Pace University
Pierce College
Redlands University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Santa Monica College
Sonoma State University
St. John’s University
Suffolk University
The College of Wooster
University of Alabama
University of Arizona
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Connecticut
University of Indianapolis
University of Oregon
University of San Francisco
Willamette University
Whittier College