Special needs schools

Arizona has a wide variety of specialized schools catering to the unique needs of children with learning and attention challenges or developmental, emotional or behavioral issues. Some are publicly funded charter schools; some are tuition-based private schools for which families may qualify for financial assistance through various government programs.



AUTISM ACADEMY FOR EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT
Chandler Campus: 2716 N Dobson Road, Chandler
Tempe Campus: 7541 S. Willow Drive, Tempe
Phoenix Campus: 2929 W. Greenway Road, Phoenix
480-240-9255 • aaed.org
Grades K-12
Tuition: $27,000-$28,500. Flexible payment plans and scholarships available

Autism Academy for Education and Development specializes in education for K-12 students with autism. Our highly qualified teachers, therapists and support staff cultivate an atmosphere of acceptance, compassion and encouragement. Students receive differentiated instruction in academics, the arts, PE, daily skills, vocational and work-based learning. Instruction is delivered through a variety of modalities and according to the needs of the student. Campuses are conveniently located in Tempe, Chandler, Phoenix and Tucson. Schedule a tour at one of our campuses today!


Arizona Autism Charter Schools, Inc. 
Central Phoenix Main Campus: 4125 N. 14th St., Phoenix AZ 85014  • 602-882-5544
Early Learning Center: 1445 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ 85014  • 602-883-7500
West Valley: 11039 West Olive Ave. Peoria, AZ 85345 • 602-283-5994
Tucson High School: 1300 S. Belvedere Ave., Tucson AZ 58711 • 520-661-6640
autismcharter.org
Arizona’s only tuition-free charter network specialized in meeting the educational needs of children with autism. We offer programming for students at all levels of the autism spectrum in grades K-12. Offering small class sizes, embedded proactive behavior strategies, rich academics, STEAM and project-based learning. Campuses in Central Phoenix (Main Campus Grades 4-12+), (Early Learning Center Grades K-3), Peoria (West Valley Grades K-5, Hybrid Option 6-8), and Tucson (High School Grades 9-12, opening in August 2023)! Our vision is to empower students to reach their full potential in motivating, engaging environments so that every child gains the skills to integrate into the community and become a fulfilled, productive citizen. Our one-of-a-kind charter network has been recognized nationally for excellence and innovation, winning the prestigious Yass Prize in 2022!

PS Academy Arizona
5222 East Baseline Road, Suite 108, Gilbert
480-490-1166 • psacademyarizona.com
PS Academy Arizona is a K- 12 private school for students with Autism or other exceptionalities. At PS, students love coming to school!  They aren’t defined by their diagnosis.  They shine when they are accepted for their differences, make friends, and discover new skills.  By offering numerous electives, clubs and activities, students are given the tools to be challenged and inspired to excel in school and beyond.

See Past the Label, Focus on the Able!


ABBIE SCHOOL
5870 E. 14th Street, Tucson
520-300-6103 • abbieschool.org

Grades K-12


ACCEL
Locations in Metro Phoenix, Tempe, Buckeye,  Mesa
accel.org

Grades K-12


ASCEND
3021 Centerpointe East Dr. Prescott
928-443-9290• azautismascend.org
Grades K-12


ARIZONA STATE SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND BLIND
Campuses in Tucson and Phoenix
520-770-3458 • asdb.az.gov


AZ ASPIRE ACADEMY
Locations in Tempe, Queen Creek, Litchfield Park, Scottsdale, Tucson
480-420-6630 • azaspireacademy.com


BANNER CHILDREN’S ACADEMY
1410 West 10th Place, Tempe
480-827-5348 bannerhealth.com/locations/tempe/banner-academy
Grades 4-12


BREAKTHROUGH ACADEMY
3427 E. Bell Road, Phoenix
866-620-9380 •  azbreakthroughacademy.org


CHRYSALIS ACADEMY
1250 N 77th St, Scottsdale
480-839-6000 • chrysalisacademy.org
Grades K-12


EMPOWER ACADEMY
22050 E Queen Creek Road, Queen Creek.
480-476-1171 • empoweracademyeducation.com
Grades K-12


FUSION ACADEMY
8700 N Gainey Center Dr Suite 150, Scottsdale
602-661-3721 • fusionacademy.com


GATEWAY ACADEMY
3939 E. Shea Blvd. Phoenix
480-998-1071 • gatewayacademy.us
Grades 6-12


GOMPERS SCHOOL
6601 N 27th Ave, Phoenix
602-336-0061 • gompers.org


HI-STAR CENTER FOR CHILDREN
5807 N 43rd Ave, Phoenix
602-548-3038 • histarcenter.com
Grades 1-9


KIDS PREP ACADEMY
 1930 West Pinnacle Peak Road Phoenix
602-772-1657 • kpaaz.com
Preschool, toddler, pre-K


LEXINGTON
Locations in Show Low, Mesa, Phoenix, Maryvale, Taylor, South Mountain
480-900-1009 • lexingtonservices.com
Grades K-12


LIFE DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE
5940 W Union Hills Dr. Ste #D-200 Glendale
623-773-1545 • discoverldi.com
Grades 9-12, transition programs, adult residential programs


L.I.F.E. (Lauren’s Institute for Education)
1305 South Gilbert Road, Gilbert
480-621-8361 • aurensinstitute.org
Grades K-12 and transition programs


NEW WAY ACADEMY
5048 E Oak St., Phoenix
602-629-6850 • newwayacademy.org
Grades K-12


PATHWAYS SCHOOL
1540 N. Burk St., Gilbert
480-259-7788 • pathwaysschool.org
Grades K-12


RED OAK AUTISM ACADMEY
Address: 5050 E. University Drive, Suite #110-114, Mesa
480-448-8906 • redoakautismacademy.com
Pre-K through 12 School


RISE LEARNING ACADEMY
20913 East Ocotillo Road, Queen Creek
480-703-5614 • RiseLearningAcademy.org
Grades K-12


SARRC 
Locations in Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale
602-606-9806 • autismcenter.org/sarrcs-community-school
15 months – 5 years old


S.E.E.K. EARLY LEARNING CENTER
1848 N. 52nd St., Phoenix
602-283-7620 • seekearlylearning.org
6 months-5 years


SEQUOIA DEAF SCHOOL
1460 S Horne, Mesa
480-890-4001 • sequoiadeafschool.org
Grades K-12


SIERRA SCHOOLS OF ARIZONA
Locations in Gilbert, Peoria, and Phoenix
sesisschools.org
Grades K-12


ST. DOMINIC SAVIO ACADEMY
550 West Warner Road, Chandler
480-659-5456 • stdomsavio.com
Grades K-12 and Early Intervention


THE ACES
Campuses in Gilbert, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Phoenix West, and Tempe
austincenters.com
Grades K-12


THE CHILDREN’S CENTER
5430 W Glenn Dr, Glendale
623-915-0345 • thechildrenscenteraz.org
Grades 2-12


THE FOUNDATION FOR BLIND CHILDREN
1234 E Northern Ave Phoenix
602-331-1470 • seeitourway.org
Grades K-4


THE UNITED SCHOOL FOR AUTISM
9590 East Shea Blvd.  Scottsdale
480-860-1339 • theunitedschool.com


THRIVING MINDS ACADEMY
850 S. Ironwood Rd Ste #110, Apache Junction.
480-806-8000 • thrivingmindsaz.com
Grades K-5


VICTORY AUTISM ACADEMY 
Locations: Goodyear, Phoenix, and Queen Creek
623-248-8624 • victoryautismacademy.com
Grades K-12


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