Welcome to PS Academy of Arizona
PS Academy is a private school for junior high and high school students with autism and other exceptionalities. Take a look below at all of the programs we offer here at PS Academy.
PS Academy Programs Overview
Students with autism and other exceptionalities should be in an environment where they not only are accepted, but are inspired to continue developing their social and academic skills. We are committed to inspiring our students to reach their full potential both in the classroom and the community. Our goals are to create a welcoming and positive environment, where your child is set up for short term and long term success. To best align our teaching approach to the individual student’s skill set, we have designed the following programs, each created to cater to your child’s needs.
- High academic standards
- Social skills development
- Problem solving
What makes us different
- Programs organized by ability, not age
- Small class size
- Individualized academic instruction
- Emphasis on social communication and social skills training across all facets of the school day.
- Positive behavior support
- Transition education
- Elective programs
- Collaborative approach
- Community-based instruction
Full Capability Program (FCP)
Who: students with significant needs in communication and daily living skills
Goal: increase each student’s independence in adulthood by providing meaningful instruction in functional everyday tasks.
Full Capability Program (FCP) is designed for students with significant needs in the areas of communication and daily living skills. Staff focuses on task analysis and collaboration with Occupational Therapist and Speech Language Pathologist to address communication, sensory integration and fine and gross motor development.
Full Potential Vocational Program
Who: students in grades 9-12 or up until age 22. Students are grouped based on ability rather than age.
Goal: prepare students for a future of active engagement within their families and communities
Full Potential Vocational Program (FPV) is designed for students in grades 9-12, or up to age 22 who need extensive support in adaptive functioning. The program has a dual focus. Vocational and daily living skills are taught through individual, group, and community based instruction.
Full Potential Program (FPP)
Who: students in grades 6-8
Goal: develop critical academic and life skills through a collaborative team-based approach.
Full Potential Program (FPP) is designed for students in grades 6-8 with an emphasis on the development of critical academic and life skills through a collaborative team-based approach. Daily instruction focuses on academics, communication, socialization, daily living skills, leisure skills, vocational training and self-regulation. To further develop skills across settings, experiences within the community are incorporated through objective based community outings. Through individualized and group instruction, students work towards individual goals that will enable them to maximize their potential.
Who: students who need more support in academics, communication, functioning, social/emotional development, and behavior.
Goal: improve cognitive and executive functioning, classroom independence and social communication skills.
Enrichment Program (EP) is designed for students who benefit from more support in the areas of academics, communication, executive functioning, behavior and social-emotional development. Students receive instruction in core classes (English, math and science) and then work with the EP teacher in a very structured environment to revisit lessons and take more time to complete assignments to ensure mastery of subject matter.
Who: high-functioning students who are at or near grade level but may need different levels of support/accommodations throughout school day.
Goal: to challenge students academically, and increase independence in self-advocacy so that students are prepared for post-secondary opportunities such as college or vocational training school.
Academic Program is designed for students who are at or near grade level but may need different levels of support and/ or accommodations throughout the school day. They still require support in the development of social skills and executive functioning skills such as organization, classroom independence and self-regulation.
Project Based Learning
Who: students who have aspirations to moving onto post-secondary education.
Goal: to encourage students to explore content outside of their core academic classes that they are passionate about.
Students learn how to take initiative and ownership of an assigned task or problem, build their confidence, work in teams, and communicate ideas as they synthesize knowledge from various areas of learning, and critically and creatively apply it to real life situations.