Who We Serve

Each student has unique needs and challenges that are addressed within the context of a safe and supportive academic and therapeutic environment. Spero Center supports students experiencing significant mental health challenges who have struggled to thrive in a traditional public-school setting. Students who present as physically aggressive, significantly disruptive, or otherwise deemed to have unsafe behavior towards others are not candidates for Spero due to the therapeutic nature of our programming.

Identifying students for care at Spero

Students with the following indicators may be a good fit for Spero:

  • The student is not attending public school due to mental health challenges, like anxiety and depression.
  • The student is currently not thriving, not attending classes regularly or not passing classes, or experiencing a high need for counseling services.
  • The student qualifies or could qualify for an Individualized Education Program (IEP).


Referrals for students to receive care at Spero must be submitted by their school district of origin’s IEP team. Spero staff will evaluate each referral to determine whether the student is likely to benefit from Spero services.

For inquiries or to request referral paperwork please contact us at sperocenter@esd112.org.