Beacon Day School & Learning Institute


Our mission is to be a center of research, learning and sharing of evidence-based practices for students with autism and related disorders that enables Beacon Day School to be the leader in providing integrative educational care in a safe, nurturing, and compassionate environment.

About Beacon Day School

Beacon Day School (BDS) is a California non-public school for children with autism and related disorders. BDS is fully accredited by the California Department of Education and serves students from school districts across Southern California. BDS was founded in 2004 by Dr. Mary Jo Lang, a clinical psychologist and fellow autism parent, who recognized the unique and diverse academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of the autism population and set out to create a safe, compassionate, nurturing school community dedicated to improving the lives of students and their families.

BDS takes a school within a school approach to meet the needs of students at every stage of development from ages 5-22.

Beacon Day Academy (5-14)

The Academy focuses exclusively on elementary and middle school aged students. The program focuses on building the knowledge and foundational skills every child needs to learn and grow.

Beacon Day High School (14-18)

Our high school program focuses on the academic, social, vocational, and independent living skills required for leading meaningful adult lives.

Beacon Day Transition Ages (18-22) 

The transition program focuses on creating opportunities to practice independent living skills, social skills and strengthen executive functioning to maximize every student’s full potential.

Students/Disabilities Served

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder and related disorders

  • Intellectual disabilities

  • Multiple disabilities

  • Down’s Syndrome


Services Provided

  • Speech Therapy

  • Occupational Therapy

  • Physical Therapy

  • Individual and Group Counseling

  • Social Skills Development Program

  • Community Based Instruction (CBI)

  • Art Therapy

  • Music Therapy

  • Adapted Physical Education

  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

We're here for you!

We are never too busy to meet with our families and our staff regularly communicates student progress through daily logs, emails, phone calls, or informal meetings.


Mary J. Lang, Ph.D., R.N., BCBA-D
Founder and CEO, Beacon Day School
24 Centerpointe Drive
La Palma, CA 90623
Phone: 714-288-4200
Fax: 714-735-9299