“School is a home away from home”

Orange County Register

June 3, 2010

"Sonrisa School caters to students with Autism, Down’s Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyslexia, auditory processing problems and expressive and receptive language delays."

Our History and Approach

Founded in 2000, Sonrisa School is a small independent school serving Orange County, CA. At Sonrisa, we use a rich, multi-disciplinary approach to education. Our curriculum is designed to enrich child’s emotional, intellectual, and social aptitude. We provide instruction through child’s specific learning modality (linguistic, visual, spatial, kinesthetic, mathematical, interpersonal, and intra-personal). We utilize tried and tested reading programs.

We administer tests in stress-free environment and give timed tests, only when the child is ready. Our staff is qualified, experienced, and caring.

Sonrisa, in Spanish, means Smile. :-)

Our Mission

Our Philosophy


Sonrisa School adheres to California State Board of Education standards. In addition, the school applies following programs:

Extra-curricular Activities

Field Trips

Application K-12

Sonrisa School offers year-round enrollment including summer school program for grades K-12. Please contact the school director for application form.


Sonrisa School does not discriminate against any person on the basis of gender, race, color, religious belief, sexual orientation, national origin, political persuasion, disability, or physical appearance. However, as a small school, we do recognize certain limitations when considering students for enrollment and we reserve the right to determine when Sonrisa is not the optimal placement for a child.

Professional Affiliations


  • Learning Disabilities Association of California – LDA-CA
  • Orange County Learning Disabilities Association – OC-LDA
  • Team of Advocates for Special Kids – TASK-CA

Service Providers

  • Occupational Therapist

  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Psychologist
  • Individualized Education Program (IEP) Advisor