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The Arizona Autism Charter School is a tuition-free school, designed specifically for people on the spectrum — the first of its kind in Arizona. It began with a group of parents, grandparents, and ABA professionals who were frustrated with the way the public school system served students on the spectrum. Together they banded to create the nonprofit, Arizona Autism Charter Schools, Inc.
The school officially opened on August 6th, 2014 for the 2014-2015 school year, enrolling students in grades K-5, with a plan to add an additional grade level each year until they reach grade 12 (as of 2016, they started enrolling grades K-8).
Each class caps at only 9 students, with a 3-1 staff to student ratio overall. The small class sizes, personalized attention, and spectrum-specific teaching methods are meant to help students with autism learn in an environment that’s tailored to their needs.
This is truly an exciting development and a big win for the autism community. Take a look at the video to learn more about this incredible school!