Program Model

Our Program

Victory Autism Academy specializes in providing education to students with autism, Kindergarten to 12th Grade. We have a low classroom, staff to student ratios which are maintained to maximize individual instruction and address the needs of each student. Each classroom has 12-15 students where students are grouped based on ability and needs.  At any one time, you will see 3-6 staff in a classroom.  The overall staff to student ratio is 3 to 1. 

 

Our program offers a multi-sensory, hands-on approach to learning with real world experiences. We look at what motivates our students and use those things to teach new skills and improve academic and behavioral success. The ultimate goal is to foster the skills needed to live a full, happy, productive life and prepare them for future success. 

 

At Victory Autism Academy, your child will learn academic content along with music, art, PE, life skills, social skills, yoga, and technology. 

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Program Features

Our comprehension program focuses on teaching skills needed not only in the school setting but also in the real world. Below is a list of program highlights at Victory Autism Academy:

  • Effective and appropriate communication 

  • Reduction/elimination of unwanted behaviors

  • Academic teaching  in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies 

  • Life skills to include self care/hygiene, laundry, cooking,/nutrition, food, shopping, and safety

  • Leisure and Play Skills

  • Social-Emotional Learning

  • Character Education 

  • Community Outings

  • Best Buddy Program

  • Victory Cafe 

  • Common Language

  • Structured Teaching Model

  • ABA- Based instruction

  • De-Escalation Room  

  • Individual Education Plan (IEP)

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Teaching Methodology

Our program is structured around individual Instruction that is based on ABA practices and the Structured Teaching Model.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

ABA provides an evidence-based framework for addressing the needs of students with autism within the educational environment. Our staff uses ABA methodology in the classroom to reinforce appropriate behavior by utilizing positive behavior support. ABA is embedded throughout the day in different settings. 

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Structured Teaching Model

Structured technique specializing in students’ visual processing strengths by organizing the physical structure of the room and providing a visual supply of information about activities. This model supports meaningful engagement in activities and works to increase students’ flexibility and independence.

Academic Program 

Students receive differentiated instruction in all academic subject areas to meet the unique needs of each student. Reading and math are taught in small group instruction as students rotate through four different stations. The four stations consist of a  teacher station, independent work, technology, and sensory. 

 

All instruction is aligned to the Arizona State Standards with appropriate modifications and accommodations to meet the individual needs of all students. We believe in using various teaching modalities to differentiate our teaching and learning for all students.
 

A majority of the instruction is taught one on one or in small groups based on ability level. Below is a list of scientifically research-based curriculum used throughout the day:

●    Unique Learning System
●    enCore
●    TeachTown Social Skills
●    TouchMath
●    EngageNY
●    Learning Without Tears 
●    EdMark Reading Program 
●    i-Ready 
●    Edgenuity 

 

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High School

It is our mission to help all students on the autism spectrum to find their path in life, give them the tools needed to be able to successfully travel that path towards their individual life goals. This is accomplished by addressing and developing an individual and unique program for each student based on their current instructional level, their interests, post-secondary goals, and giving them hands-on skills to prepare them for the transition to life outside of the high school classroom, thereby becoming contributing members of the community. All students are accessed and placed on one of our four leveled systems which will guide their individual program.

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High School Leveled System

Academic

Students are academically able to complete coursework that follows Arizona High School graduation standards. Students in the academic pathway are prepared to move to a post-secondary educational placement such as college or technical school.

Vocational

Students are academically below grade level, but coursework follows Arizona High School graduation standards at a modified level.  Students in the vocational pathway are prepared to move to a post-secondary placement that is more work-based with on the job training and support.  They may choose to stay beyond the typical four years of high school.

Functional

Vocational

Students are academically well below grade level and need a hands-on daily skills/life skills focus. Students in the functional vocational pathway are prepared to move to a post-secondary placement that has supported on the job training and supported employment. They typically choose to stay beyond the typical four years of high school.

Essential Skills

Students have minimal academic ability. The program focus is independence to maximum ability with daily living. Students will stay for a maximum amount of time, aging out when they turn 22 years old.