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Altitude provides year-round camping experiences for boys and girls 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.

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

Enrollment Procedure

  • Click here to complete the Initial Inquiry Form
  • Our Community Relations Manager will contact you to set up an interview with your child
  • You will receive an approval code in order to register online
  • Click here for the current registration brochure to select your preferred session(s)
  • Click here for the link to register and pay your registration deposit (please note that this will be applied to your remaining balance)
  • Click here to download the participant paperwork packet

Directions to Via West Campus

13851 Stevens Canyon Road, Cupertino, CA 95014

From Highway 280

  • Exit at Foothill Expressway/Grant Road
  • IF HEADING NORTH ON HWY 280 (towards San Francisco) turn left at the signal onto Foothill Boulevard
  • IF HEADING SOUTH ON HWY 280 (towards San Jose) turn right at the signal onto Foothill Boulevard
  • Follow the remaining directions From Foothill Boulevard

From Highway 85

  • Exit at Stevens Creek Boulevard
  • IF HEADING NORTH ON HWY 85 (towards San Francisco) turn left at the signal onto Stevens Creek Boulevard
  • IF HEADING SOUTH ON HWY 85 (towards San Jose) turn right at the signal onto Stevens Creek Boulevard
  • Turn left on Foothill Boulevard
  • Follow the remaining directions from Foothill Boulevard

From Foothill Boulevard

  • Foothill Boulevard will turn into Stevens Canyon Road
  • Continue on Stevens Canyon Road, passing a reservoir on your left and quarry on your right
  • After the quarry, you will see Montebello Road on your right – DO NOT TURN RIGHT, keep going straight (towards the left) on Stevens Canyon Road (past the fire station) until you come to a stop sign
  • Turn right at the stop sign and continue on Stevens Canyon Road – DO NOT CONTINUE STRAIGHT onto Mt. Eden Road
  • Approximately 100 yards past the stop sign, you will see a small wooden sign on your read that reads “Via West Campus”
  • Turn right at the sign across the bridge and stay to the left up the hill to Via West Campus

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the counselors and staff at Altitude?

Our counseling staff consists of a combination of university and graduate students and young professionals who are engaged in a career or interested in working in the fields of education, psychology, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and the like. All of our staff members have completed at least one year of college. In addition our multidisciplinary leadership team provides training, supervision, and clinical support to the Altitude team.

How will the participants be grouped?

Participants are placed into groups of approximately six campers. When creating groups, our team tries to take into consideration the children’s ages, developmental levels, personalities, and overall presentation. There will be a minimum of two staff members assigned to each group of six, and additional professional staff who rotate among groups throughout the day. While participants travel with their groups, we encourage meeting and interactions with campers in other groups throughout the day – during activities, meals, free time, and evening programs.

Can I call or have my participant call me during the session?

While we do not have a scheduled call home, and generally encourage parents and participants to honor the independence experience, we can schedule calls as needed on a case-by-case basis. Parents, friends, and other family can send emails or letters to participants as often as desired. Emails will be printed out and distributed to our participants on a daily basis.

What contact will I have with the staff and leadership team during camp?

Our camp staff is available to speak with parents during our summer sessions. The director will be available by phone and via e-mail, should you have any questions or concerns.

What happens if my participant needs medical attention? What if my participant takes medication?

We have a full-time nurse living on campus with the campers and staff. Medications taken by campers are stored under lock and key with the nurse and they are distributed as required by our nurse. In addition, we have a Health Care Center on campus.

What does my participant pack for camp?

Prior to camp, you will receive a packing list of items that we recommend that each camper bring to camp.