When children with autism gain prerequisite skills, classroom placement is the next step in maximizing their potential. Project HOPE Foundation provides a number of classroom options through its educational program, known as Hope Academy, accredited through SCISA. To maximize each child’s success, all of Hope Academy’s classes integrate Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) principles, limited number of students, and additional staff. Correct placement in one of these classroom options depends, in part, on the proportion of 1:1 services needed by the child. Current options include:
a half-day preschool (Preschool),
full-day elementary classroom instruction, using mainstream curriculum, K-5th grades (Academy),
combination of group learning and 1:1 ABA therapy, with modified curriculum, K-12th grades (Bridging the Gap),
combination of group learning and 1:1 ABA therapy, with a focus on building communication and independence, 6th-12th grades (Hope Alive Junior).