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.


Updated for the 2020-21 school year

Autism Academy for Education & Development, autism, Arizona
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!

Breakthrough Academy, special needs, education, Arizona
3427 E. Bell Road, Phoenix
866-620-9380 •  azbreakthroughacademy.org

Breakthrough Academy is a small, private day school for students with various disabilities. We specialize in the application of theory, principles and technology of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) using PEAK, ACT, TAGteaching, Precision Teaching, intervention and social training. We use the student’s natural curiosity along with natural motivation strategies to foster learning.

New Way Academy, special needs schools, Arizona
5048 E Oak St., Phoenix
602-629-6850 • newwayacademy.org
Grades K-12
Rolling admission
Tuition: Need-based financial aid, flexible payment plans and scholarships available

New Way Academy provides a transformative education for students in grades K-12 with learning challenges. Students learn via an individualized educational approach, using multi-sensory techniques, evidence-based curriculums, and specialized interventions for academic success. Each student’s curriculum is planned based on academic, psychoeducational, speech/language and motor skills assessments. Students have access to on site speech, reading, and occupational therapy conducted by accredited specialists during their school day. New Way provides an education to serve the whole child with athletics, clubs, extracurricular activities, and social-emotional supports.

Pathways School, special needs schools, Arizona

1540 N. Burk St., Gilbert
480-259-7788 • pathwaysschool.org
Grades K-12
Year-round. Enrollment for the following school year begins in February.
Need-based financial aid and flexible payment plans available

Pathways School is a non-profit private day school serving students with various learning differences such as Dyslexia, ADHD, and Autism. Pathways was established in 2013 and has two locations: Gilbert and Tucson. Both campuses provide services to more than 50 students in grades K-12.

SEEK Early Learning Center, special needs, schools, Phoenix, Arizona
1848 N. 52nd St., Phoenix
602-283-7620 • seekearlylearning.org
6 months-5 years

Our blended classroom model provides children an opportunity to benefit from building social and academic skills under the supervision of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs). Individualized treatment plans are created for each participant to identify skills needed to be successful and independent in the classroom. Data is collected daily and plans are updated quarterly to continuously identify needs. Parent training is provided to caregivers to educate on treatment strategies and resources available. Personalized training sessions are provided in home and community settings based on need. We bill insurance for the Inclusion Program and we accept both private and AHCCCS insurance for the Inclusion Program.


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