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Altitude provides year-round camping experiences for boys and girls entering 3rd through 12th grade with social cognitive challenges including: verbal and nonverbal learning disabilities, ADHD, Asperger’s, and high functioning autism. We build social skills, independence, and self-confidence to prepare our participants for the transition to young adulthood, future relationships, and the rest of their lives.


Altitude is located at Via West Campus - a stunning 13.5 acre, fully accessible campus in the Cupertino foothills. Our one of a kind outdoor learning facility feels like a secluded natural retreat but we are a mere 7 miles from the intersection of highways 280 and 85.

Campus Features

  • 5 dormitory style sleeping lodges
  • Running water and electricity
  • Main lodge with large commercial kitchen
  • Creative arts building
  • Performance arts building
  • Gym
  • 2 accessible, newly renovated swimming pools
  • Accessible hiking and fitness trails
  • Sports court
  • Horse corral
  • 2 amphitheaters
  • Accessible garden
  • Greenhouse

Our Participants

Our participants experience social cognitive challenges that impact their perceptions of social situations and affect their ability to develop and maintain friendships, participate in shared conversation, or feel comfortable when they are with other children their age. Not all of our participants have a formal diagnosis, but many have been characterized as having a verbal or nonverbal learning disability, ADHD, Asperger’s, PDD-NOS, or high functioning autism.

Prerequisites: Our Participants Must

  • Function within a 3:1 ratio in a group setting
  • Exhibit language at a conversational level – they may need help initiating conversations, staying on topic, listening to others, switching topics, maintaining or ending conversations in a good way
  • Complete daily living skills independently – may require some prompts or reminders

Our Approach

The transitions and changes that occur from childhood to adolescence to young adulthood are stressful, especially for those who experience social cognitive challenges. We focus on our participants from a developmental perspective. By providing a warm, understanding, fun, and supportive learning environment, they will grow socially and emotionally, build self-esteem, and develop the skills that will help them to more successfully navigate middle school, high school, and beyond.

Skills Learning Accomplished Through

  • Modeling, prompting, encouraging, supporting, facilitating, reassuring, and reinforcing positive behaviors
  • Assisting participants to observe and take cues from their environment
  • Helping to process situations on an individual basis as needed
  • Reviewing successful and challenging events, problem solving around current challenges, or hypothetically addressing possible future hurdles

Intake Process

Our intake process typically takes 2-6 weeks depending on scheduling. The length of time will be determined by how long it takes to submit all forms, schedule and conduct the interview, and how soon we are able to connect with the professionals who work with your child.

Steps of Intake

  • Submit Initial Inquiry Form
  • Submit Intake Forms
  • Schedule Intake Interview
  • Submit 2 Release of Information Forms
  • Contact professional references
  • Submit Registration