The Prentice School

Santa Ana, CA   |
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The Prentice School

EIN: 33-0120257


To provide innovative education and a nurturing environment for students who learn differently to succeed in life. At The Prentice School, we believe that all students who learn differently deserve a quality, research-based education.

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Devon Green

Main address

18341 Lassen Drive

Santa Ana, CA 92705 USA

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Subject area info

Elementary education

Middle school education

Special needs education

Population served info

Children and youth

Non-adult children

Economically disadvantaged people

At-risk youth

People with psychosocial disabilities

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NTEE code info

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

Programs and results

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Our programs

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Evidence Based Multisensory Education

Started over 37 years ago, Prentice is an award-winning nonprofit private school designed for children with language-based learning disabilities, like dyslexia and co-occurring conditions, including ADHD. Our innovative, evidence based multisensory program is designed to prepare and empower our students for a life of self-advocacy, personal growth and the understanding that their differences can be their strengths.
By utilizing a multi-sensory teaching approach as our core instructional methodology we are able to teach your student in the way they learn. Our program strategies are applied in small groups, whole class, and school-wide learning. This helps students generalize their skills across classrooms and attain social skills. Because it's not limited to a specific curriculum, these techniques can serve an individual for a lifetime.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
Children and youth

The Prentice School is an academic program is aligned with California State Standards. We are fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges & are certified by the California Department of Education as a Nonpublic School. We are committed to small group instruction. Our class size doesn't exceed 12, & our faculty to student ratio is 6:1. To more fully address our students’ needs, students are placed into small learning groups based on their abilities and skill levels. This allows us to meet our students at their present level of performance to remediate foundational skills, build confidence & advance their academic, social & emotional success. These small groups also allow for increased engagement & more targeted intervention and instruction. Teachers at Prentice are fully credentialed in the subject areas they teach. Additionally, they are trained in the research-based Orton-Gillingham direct, systematic, sequential & multi-sensory instructional approach.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth

Where we work


Western Association of Schools and Colleges 2015


Best Special Needs School in Orange County 2020

Parenting OC Readers

Best Special Needs School in Orange County 2021

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Best Special Needs School in Orange County 2022

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


The Prentice School
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.44 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 20% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The Prentice School

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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The Prentice School

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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The Prentice School

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of The Prentice School’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $158,851 $640,854 $1,161,684 $868,993 $1,959,564
As % of expenses 4.1% 16.2% 28.9% 19.0% 39.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $32,966 $494,625 $1,028,752 $709,120 $1,780,058
As % of expenses 0.8% 12.1% 24.8% 15.0% 34.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $4,071,213 $4,635,362 $5,025,874 $5,741,219 $6,911,917
Total revenue, % change over prior year -0.3% 13.9% 8.4% 14.2% 20.4%
Program services revenue 83.3% 84.0% 83.0% 85.0% 72.9%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 1.2% 1.0% 0.4% 0.5% 0.9%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 16.2%
All other grants and contributions 14.8% 14.9% 16.6% 14.6% 10.2%
Other revenue 0.7% 0.0% 0.0% -0.1% -0.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $3,883,666 $3,943,759 $4,017,679 $4,578,584 $5,017,451
Total expenses, % change over prior year -14.9% 1.5% 1.9% 14.0% 9.6%
Personnel 71.2% 72.1% 70.3% 71.0% 71.0%
Professional fees 3.4% 7.1% 7.6% 7.3% 8.4%
Occupancy 5.1% 5.5% 3.9% 3.2% 2.9%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 6.4% 7.9% 10.0% 10.2% 9.5%
All other expenses 13.9% 7.4% 8.1% 8.3% 8.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $4,009,551 $4,089,988 $4,150,611 $4,738,457 $5,196,957
One month of savings $323,639 $328,647 $334,807 $381,549 $418,121
Debt principal payment $10,240 $10,241 $9,386 $1,707 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $398,018 $304,008
Total full costs (estimated) $4,343,430 $4,428,876 $4,494,804 $5,519,731 $5,919,086

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 1.2 4.0 6.7 7.0 7.8
Months of cash and investments 5.7 8.4 11.7 12.0 12.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.8 5.5 8.5 8.7 11.9
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $395,123 $1,312,956 $2,234,128 $2,679,005 $3,269,373
Investments $1,459,824 $1,450,566 $1,689,665 $1,884,916 $1,900,717
Receivables $105,819 $160,387 $122,172 $87,404 $104,408
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $7,355,554 $7,421,116 $7,533,678 $7,931,695 $8,235,704
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 35.3% 36.9% 38.1% 38.2% 39.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 12.1% 15.4% 13.4% 12.6% 11.3%
Unrestricted net assets $5,988,543 $6,483,168 $7,511,920 $8,221,040 $10,001,098
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $77,340 $178,277 $169,601
Total net assets $5,988,543 $6,483,168 $7,589,261 $8,399,317 $10,170,699

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Mrs. Devon Green

Devon joined the Prentice team in the spring of 2014. Devon concurrently earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Loyola Marymount University in 2004. Devon also holds a Masters of Science in Special Education with a specialization in Mild to Moderate Disabilities and another specialization in Teacher Leadership. Devon spent the five years prior to Prentice as the Director of Education for Newport Academy, a program specializing in the treatment of at-risk adolescents. She is experienced in working closely with vulnerable students and families and is deeply sensitive to their needs, fears and concerns. Devon is sincerely invested in the social, emotional and physical well-being of the students and families with whom she interacts. As Head of School for The Prentice School, Devon is excited and grateful to be part of such a reputable organization with a mission statement she firmly believes.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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The Prentice School

Board of directors
as of 06/28/2024
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Board chair

Mrs. Kathy Daigle

Accounting Consultant

Term: 2024 -

Dan Clark

Prudential Overall Supply

Diane Donaldson

Pearson Assessments

Mark Gaines

Retired Engineer

Christine Bixby

Neonatalogist CHOC

Kathy Daigle

Accounting Consultant

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/1/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/01/2022

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  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.


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SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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