The Bay School

1026 Capitola Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone: 831.462.9620

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School Snapshot

Age Range: 5 – 22
Clinical Method: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Staff–Student Ratio: 1:1
Length of Program: Full-day, 12-month
Day School

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The Bay School, a May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, is a day school located in Santa Cruz, California.

The Bay School is a nonpublic, nonprofit school dedicated to serving individuals with autism and developmental disabilities ages 5-22. The Bay School provides comprehensive, extended year educational and clinical services to students regardless of their race, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, or religion. The Bay School employs the latest applied behavior analysis treatment and research findings to produce measurable and lasting improvements in the lives of individuals served.

To the right is a picture of staff member Gilbert Arias working with each student to get the perfect school photo for their parents and families.



We moved to this specially designed 14,440-square-foot facility in Santa Cruz in 2013. Now serving up to 50 students across five classrooms, our school features large, bright classrooms; two student kitchens; a large conference meeting space; a multi-purpose room with exercise equipment; and a fully-fenced, sunny outdoor play area.