The ACES - The Austin Centers for Exceptional Students

The ACES (The Austin Centers for Exceptional Students) is a group of therapeutic, state certified special education schools in Arizona.

The ACES is a state certified special education school for kindergarten through twelfth grade (K-12) special needs students ranging in age from five to twenty-two. The ACES has been established to provide an environment in which the pursuit of instructional effectiveness and learning is valued for students with emotional disabilities, intellectual disabilities, autism or pervasive developmental de

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Photos from The ACES - The Austin Centers for Exceptional Students's post 04/09/2024

πŸŒ’βœ¨ Our students had a mesmerizing experience watching the solar eclipse today! Witnessing this rare celestial event sparked curiosity and wonder among them, fostering a love for science and the universe. πŸŒ’βœ¨

Photos from The ACES - The Austin Centers for Exceptional Students's post 04/04/2024

πŸ”‘πŸŽ‰ Our Therapeutic Support Staff (TSS) plays a vital role in the success of our school and students by providing crucial support and assistance to both teachers and students. Their dedication, hard work, and commitment to nurturing a positive learning environment are the foundation that allows our school to thrive. The invaluable contributions of our TSS ensure that every student receives the attention and resources they need to succeed academically and socially. We are truly grateful for their unwavering support and dedication to our school and students. Yesterday, we showed a token of our appreciation by providing gifts and lunch to every TSS served by our administrative team. Our TSS rocks!! πŸ”‘πŸŽ‰ hashtag

04/02/2024

🧩✨Today, Austin Center's for Exceptional Students is honoring International Autism Awareness Day! Join us in celebrating the uniqueness and talents of individuals on the autism spectrum. Let's spread understanding, acceptance, and support for those with autism.🧩✨

Photos from The ACES - The Austin Centers for Exceptional Students's post 04/01/2024

πŸ”¨πŸšŒConstruction update! We are excited to share that the construction for both our Phoenix West Campus and Gilbert Campus is progressing rapidly and will soon be able to accommodate more students. The dedication to improving school facilities has a major positive impact on the learning environment! Thank you to the construction team for their incredible hard work! Pictured are both campuses! πŸ”¨πŸšŒ

Photos from The ACES - The Austin Centers for Exceptional Students's post 03/28/2024

πŸ‡πŸ₯šRumor has it, the Easter Bunny has hidden eggs around the school grounds for an exciting egg hunt that promises to be egg-cellent! We wish all our students, teachers, and families a very Happy Easter filled with happiness and sweet treats! πŸ‡πŸ₯š

Photos from The ACES - The Austin Centers for Exceptional Students's post 03/26/2024

Check out this excellent event!! Tons of great information for both parents/guardians and educators! Thank you Arizona Autism Coalition

03/21/2024

πŸ€πŸ’™ A huge thank you to Christian Worship Center for their generous donation of hygiene products to our students. Your support means the world to all of us and will greatly benefit our students. We are grateful for your kindness and willingness to give back to the community. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of those in need. Our community partners are the BEST! πŸ€πŸ’™

Photos from The ACES - The Austin Centers for Exceptional Students's post 03/19/2024

βœ¨πŸŽ–οΈ In March, our amazing Peoria Counseling and Speech teams worked with all of our middle and elementary school students, performing fun activities that helped our students develop the necessary social skills they needed to be successful both here at school and out in the real world. These activities included silent line-ups, no-hands-cup stacking, debates, word scrambles, puzzles, riddles, and more. Specifically, kids worked on tolerance, teamwork, sportsmanship, communication, critical and creative thinking, problem solving, and more. Our related service team rocks! βœ¨πŸŽ–οΈ

Photos from The ACES - The Austin Centers for Exceptional Students's post 03/14/2024

πŸŽ€πŸ‘“We are talent!! Our school hosted a talent show where students could showcase their incredible skills and talents. We were in the presence of amazing performances and supported our talented peers. Simon Cowell, watch out! Our students will make it to the next round!πŸŽ€πŸ‘“

Photos from The ACES - The Austin Centers for Exceptional Students's post 03/11/2024

Our annual Austin Centers for Exceptional Students Expo was a huge success. We were so blessed to have over 10 vendors attend and educate our parents on the outside resources available to our students as well as students in our partnered school districts. Our students' success comes from the collaboration of both home and school. Pictured are a few of our wonderful partners in attendance. Huge shout out to Absolute HCBS RISE Services, Inc. Arizona Department of Health Services Raising Special Kids MassMutual Thrive Autism Services .

Photos from The ACES - The Austin Centers for Exceptional Students's post 03/08/2024

🌟πŸ’ͺ Celebrating the Powerhouses of Our School! Today, on International Women's Day, we honor the incredible female educators at our school. From executive leadership to inspiring teachers to dedicated staff members, these women embody strength, compassion, and excellence in all they do. Their contributions shape minds, uplift spirits, and pave the way for a brighter future. Here's to our phenomenal female employees: thank you for your unwavering commitment and passion! Pictured are just a few of the amazing women that make our schools so successful! πŸ’ͺ🌟

Photos from The ACES - The Austin Centers for Exceptional Students's post 03/06/2024

β­οΈπŸ”¬We were honored to host a luncheon for a few of our school district representatives,which included Chandler, Higley, Queen Creek, and Gilbert school districts. We showcased the students successful placements by inviting them to our science fair during the luncheon, as well as our students with food handler certifications serving our valued partners. It was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our collaboration and their students' achievements. By the way, our students taught us we are able to power a clock with 2 potatoes. πŸ₯” πŸ€”

Photos from The ACES - The Austin Centers for Exceptional Students's post 03/04/2024

🐱🎩Our students had a blast celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday with fun activities like reading his classic books, making Green Eggs and Ham crafts, and celebrating famous Dr. Seuss characters. The students were engaged and excited, and it was a joy to see them celebrate the beloved author in such a special way. 🐱🎩

03/01/2024

πŸ•πŸ“š Meet Ms. Debbie, LPC, and our incredible therapy dog, Tommy, who is making a meaningful impact by offering comfort, companionship, and a sense of calm to our students, promoting emotional well-being and enhancing their learning experience. Tommy was rescued off the streets of Mexico by Ms. Debbie, overcame cancer, valley fever, and tick fever, and now supports our students through hard times. It's truly inspiring to see the transformative power of the human-animal bond in action, showcasing the profound benefits that therapy animals can bring to those in need. Our amazing team comes in many forms. πŸ•πŸ“š

02/28/2024

βœ¨πŸ”’Ensuring the safety and security of our students and staff is one of our top priorities at The Austin Centers for Exceptional Students. We are committed to maintaining a secure environment such as the utilization of clear backpacks, so everyone can learn and thrive without any concerns. βœ¨πŸ”’

02/26/2024

πŸŽ‡πŸŽ‡We were so proud to have a former student return to our school and share their inspiring success story with us. It was truly heartwarming to hear how their time at our school helped shape their future, and it was a powerful reminder of the impact that education and support can have on a person's life. We are grateful to have played a part in their journey to success and are excited to continue supporting our current students on their own paths to greatness. πŸŽ‡πŸŽ‡

Photos from The ACES - The Austin Centers for Exceptional Students's post 02/22/2024

πŸŽ‰πŸŽ¨ With the weather warming up in Arizona, our students are working hard with our East Valley Related Service team to create a melted snowman. During this group project, our students worked on occupational therapy skills such as picking up small objects one at a time and tolerating sticky textures; speech skills, including following directions and requesting materials; and counseling skills, like having a growth mindset and trying your best. The Austin Centers for Exceptional Students have the best related services team! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ¨

02/20/2024

πŸ“šβœ¨More exciting construction news! Our Gilbert Campus is also breaking ground on an expansion to add six brand new classrooms, an additional support room, and more parking spaces! Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to grow and enhance our learning environment for all students! πŸ“šβœ¨

02/15/2024

Exciting News! 🌟 Our schools are currently hiring passionate paraeducators to join our team! If you're dedicated to shaping young minds and making a difference, we want to hear from you. Visit our website or contact us for more information on available positions

02/13/2024

Mark your calendar; our annual EXPO is approaching! There are tons of vendors with various services offered for students of all ages. Feel free to share, as this event is open to the public! There are tons of resources for parents!

Photos from The ACES - The Austin Centers for Exceptional Students's post 02/13/2024

A huge shout out to Deseret Industries for allowing our students to come and volunteer weekly in your store. By assisting store members with donations, our students are working on their job skills from outside the classroom! From problem-solving to communication, they are gaining valuable experience that will set them up for success in their future careers!

02/09/2024

πŸŽ‰ Exciting news at our Phoenix West Campus! πŸŽ‰ We are thrilled to announce we are breaking ground on the expansion of our school by adding 9 more classrooms and additional parking to accommodate the growth of students. Stay tuned for the amazing transformations ahead! πŸ“šβœ¨

02/07/2024

Happy Lunar New Year! πŸ‰ Mr. Jonathan's elementary class is celebrating the Year of the Dragon with one of our amazing students, who is embodying the dragon's strength and wisdom in their academics. Wishing everyone a year filled with good fortune, success, and joy!

Photos from The ACES - The Austin Centers for Exceptional Students's post 02/05/2024

Introducing Zack: A Tale of Perseverance and Triumph
from an Austin Centers Graduate! 🌟

Meet Zack, a dedicated 2023 Austin Centers graduate, whose journey from challenges to triumph is nothing short of inspiring. Despite facing obstacles, Zack's unwavering determination and hard work have propelled him to success. After graduating from the Austin Centers in 2023, Zack received his ASE certification. He now works as a preventative maintenance technician for Empire Cat.

His story serves as a beacon of hope, reminding us all that with resilience and perseverance, any dream is within reach. Let's all celebrate Zack's incredible achievements and use his story as motivation on other paths to success! Our students are incredible!

01/31/2024

πŸŽ‰ Exciting News! 🎨✨ We're thrilled to unveil our brand new logo and revamped website! 🌐✨ Explore the fresh look and enhanced features at austincenters.com πŸš€ Let us know what you think! 🀩

01/17/2024

Stay tuned! We will be unveiling our new website tomorrowβ€¦πŸ‘€

01/16/2024

🌟 Honoring MLK’s Legacy, Even a Day Later 🌈
Yesterday may have passed, but the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. continues to resonate in our halls. Let’s carry his dream forward, fostering an environment of love, understanding, and acceptance. It’s never too late to celebrate unity and strive for positive change. Together, we can make every day a step towards a brighter, more inclusive future. 🀝❀️

01/03/2024

🌟 Welcoming our exceptional students back for an incredible new year! πŸ“šβœ¨ Here's to a fresh start filled with learning, growth, and endless possibilities. Wishing our incredible community a happy new year as we embark on this journey together! πŸ’™πŸŽ‰

12/29/2023

We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season! We want to thank all of our amazing staff for their hard work during the first semester. We hope you have spent this winter break celebrating, spending time with loved ones, and relaxing to recharge for the new year. We truly have the best team! β„οΈβ˜ƒοΈ

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The ACES is a state certified special education school for kindergarten through twelfth grade (K-12) special needs students ranging in age from five to twenty-two. The ACES has been established to provide an environment in which the pursuit of instructional effectiveness and learning is valued for students with emotional disabilities, intellectual disabilities, autism or pervasive developmental delays, specific learning disabilities, and other educational challenges. The ACES provides its unique instructional opportunity on four campuses, in Peoria, Phoenix, Gilbert and Tempe, Arizona.

The ACES was developed to meet the academic and behavioral needs of students who require more intensive special education services than can be provided within Arizona public school districts, charter schools and state placement agencies. The ACES adheres to the procedures, conditions, and standards set forth by the Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services Division.

The mission and philosophy upon which the instructional principles of The ACES are based have been developed by a multi-disciplinary team consisting of educators and behavioral health professionals representing a variety of specialties. The final product of these planning efforts is a highly organized program, which modifies inappropriate behaviors and develops academic skills through precise structure and individualized educational programming.

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