The NYC Autism Charter School is the first public charter school in New York State devoted exclusively to educating children with autism. Created by NEXT for AUTISM in 2005, the school was designed with a simple vision: to provide a model, evidence-based, public education program to children with autism.
The school’s East Harlem location is a demonstration site for educators from around the world, and a clinical training ground for graduate level, special education teachers. A second NYC Autism Charter School, in the South Bronx, opened in 2017.
Woven into the school’s DNA are NEXT for AUTISM’s commitment to excellence, evidence-based practices, and community integration.
- Individualized educational programs for each student, based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
- Emphasis on teaching functional skills in communications, socialization, work-readiness, self-care, and daily living
- Learning and internship opportunities outside of the classroom at Facebook, White Castle & Shake Shack
- A Peer Mentorship Program that encourages students to interact and integrate with typically developing peers who attend school in the same building
- Recreational opportunities in neighboring community and athletic centers that help integrate students into surrounding neighborhoods and promote physical activity
The NYC Autism Charter School was the first program created by NEXT for AUTISM. The methods we used reflect our commitment to build programs with excellence and enlist collaborators to widen the field of services for people with autism.
- A three-year research and design period with leading educators, clinicians, and experts
- Collaboration and coalition building with the New York City Department of Education and the New York State Board of Regents to acquire the school charter and secure its location within Public School 50
- Ongoing thought-leadership and impact investment to spur innovations after the school’s launch