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ASPIRE. A traditional classroom for students with autism who are at or near grade level.

ABC of NC’s Aspire class serves elementary-aged students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD/autism) who are performing at or near grade level in most academic areas but are struggling in more traditional classroom settings, including private, charter, and public schools.

Aspire is appropriate for students who experience difficulties with:

  • Social/observational learning
  • Friendship building
  • Executive functioning
  • Flexible thinking
  • Perspective taking
  • Managing and regulating emotions and behaviors

Aspire is…

Transitional. Aspire is a school placement focused on developing social, emotional, and behavioral skills needed to thrive in a less-restrictive classroom environment. ABC of NC provides a transition plan and support to help ease reintegration into a traditional academic setting.

Academic. Aspire follows North Carolina curriculum standards and utilizes specialized curricula to enhance instruction and help students achieve their academic potential.

Individualized. Each student has an individualized education program (IEP), and if necessary, a behavior intervention plan (BIP) designed to accommodate his/her specific learning profile.

Accepting. ABC of NC recognizes and values the uniqueness of each student. We incorporate students’ special interests into the environment to motivate and engage them in learning.

Effective. Aspire is taught by highly trained autism and educational professionals who are supervised by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) utilizing evidence-based instructional methods.

We reserve the right to require a 1:1 assistant for participation in the classroom if the teacher determines that it is necessary.  Appropriate tuition will be charged if a 1:1 is required (unfortunately we cannot allow parents to hire and send their own 1:1).  Screening by one of our program supervisors is required before a student can be registered.

See Admissions and Pricing for more information and to download an application.

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