THREE DISTINCT SCHOOLS TO MEET STUDENT NEEDS
AZACS Elementary School
Our elementary school is located at two sites, the Early Learning Center for Kindergarten and 1st grade students and grades 2-5 at the AZACS Main Campus. Both sites offer programs grounded in the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to help students access academic learning in the areas of Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. This school offers small class sizes, with 8-10 student per classroom and groups students based on abilities and needs. The student to staff ratio is an average of 2.5 to 1. While programming is tailored to meet students' specific needs, there are three types of classrooms tailored to serve different levels of students on the autism spectrum. The school offers an Academic Program, for students working at or near grade level, a Modified Academic Program, for students needing modifications to the general curriculum and a Functional Academic Program, for students with intensive needs. Students receive academic instruction in their regular classroom by a Program Manager and Instructional Lead Teacher. Classrooms are supported by behavior specialists, speech and occupational therapists. Our elementary program also offers specials such as Music Therapy, Art, Dance and Physical Education.
For more information about the AZACS Elementary School, contact our Elementary School Director, Myla Goyne at MGoyne@autismcharter.org or for grades K-1 contact Elementary School Assistant Director, Patrick Masson at PMasson@autismcharter.org.
AZACS Middle School
Our Middle School is covers grades 6-8 and is located at the the AZACS Main Campus, at 4125 N.14th St. Phoenix, AZ 85014. The Middle School program is unique in that it offers special education students the opportunity to rotate to different teachers for each subject area. To serve students with diverse learning needs, there are three types of programs offered; the Academic Program, for students working at or near grade level, the Modified Academic Program, for students needing modifications to the general education curriculum and the Functional Academic Program for students with intensive needs. Students have a block schedule and rotate to classes including English/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Life Skills, and Fine Arts. Specials include Music, Ballroom Dance and P.E. All programs are supported by speech therapists, occupational therapists and behavior specialists.
For more information about the AZACS Middle School, contact Upper School Director, Allan Smith at ASmith@autismcharter.org.
AZACS High School
AZACS is proud to announce it was approved to expand to High School in the fall of 2017. The AZACS High School is also operating out of the AZACS Main Campus, where it is currently offering 9th_ 11th grades. The AZACS High School will expand by one grade level each year, until it reaches 12th grade in 2022. At the High School level, AZACS will continue to offer the Academic, Modified Academic and Functional Academic Programs, and offers courses in English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Fine Arts and Digital Media. Students will rotate to subject area teachers and receive High School credits toward a state accredited diploma in all courses. Some courses, such as Robotics, Spanish and other STEAM courses are offered in partnership with ASU Prep Digital, giving students access to advanced academics while offering the supports of small class sizes and embedded behavioral strategies. Another very important element of the AZACS High School is the Life Skills program, which will focus on students’ transition plans, getting them college and career ready or prepare them for post-secondary vocational and training opportunities. AZACS offers Life Skills courses using the Learn4Independence curriculum, licensed by the First Place Transition Academy and has a Life Skills Mock Apartment onsite to help students practice independent living skills.
For more information about the AZACS High School, contact Upper School Director, Allan Smith at ASmith@autismcharter.org.