Arizona Autism Charter Schools, Inc.

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Overview

Arizona Autism Charter School (AZACS) is the first tuition-free, public charter school in Arizona focused on the educational needs of children with autism. The school's primary focus is to use the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to support students' behavioral needs and help them access state instructional standards to the best of their ability. AZACS was unanimously approved through the 12th grade by the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools, and is currently serving grades K-9 in Metro Phoenix. AZACS is growing by one grade level each year and will be serving up to the 12th grade by 2022.


MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Arizona Autism Charter Schools, Inc. is to educate students with autism and related disorders using evidence based strategies grounded in the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). This model will be delivered by highly trained teachers and staff. Our goal is to make this high quality, specialized education accessible to all students with autism in the Phoenix Metropolitan area and beyond.

Our Vision

Students will be empowered to reach their full potential in motivating, compassionate environments using individualized programs so that every child gains the skills to integrate into the community and become a fulfilled, productive citizen. 

 

 

 
 
Watch the progress AZACS has made throughout the years, along with testimonials from current and former parents of our school!
 
 
 

Leadership Team

Diana Diaz-Harrison, M.Ed.
Lead Founder & Executive Director
 
Joy McCain, M.Ed.
Chief Academic Officer & Elementary School Director
 
Lisa Long, M.Ed.
High School Leadership & Capacity Building Strategist
 
Megan Vincent, M.Ed.
Upper School Director
 
 

Arizona Autism Charter Schools Board of Directors

 
Board President
Leo Valdez – Hutchinson, Shockey, Erley & Co
 
Board Vice President
Gregory Torrez, Torrez International, LLC
 
Board Secretary
Keisha McKinnor, Thrive Community Services, Inc.
 
Board Treasurer
Ron Harrison, Salt River Project, AZACS Parent
 
Board Directors
Genaro Delgadillo – Salt River Project (SRP)
Dr. Viet Do – Mayo Clinic, AZACS Parent
 
Arizona Autism Charter Schools Inc. is governed by the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools. See the link below for the school's financial, operational and academic dashboards.
 
 
Facilities
The two AZACS facilities (Elementary and Upper School) are located in the heart of Phoenix: only about a mile apart from each other!
ELEMENTARY CAMPUS
4433 N. 7th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85014
 
UPPER SCHOOL CAMPUS
1445 E. Indian School Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85014