By Adelina Osan, Associate Editor
The $4.5 million project called Phoenix West Campus is located on a four-acre parcel at 89th Ave. The facility features sensory room for students with autism, life skills room to teach independent living, vocational technology center to teach construction, auto mechanics, woodworking, landscaping and computer skills, commercial kitchen to teach food handling skills and dedicated performing arts area for music, art and drama.
“This beautiful new facility allows our staff to offer optimal educational and therapeutic programming for our students. The instruction is outcome based and data driven to insure the best results for students,” Francie Austin, president & CEO of The ACES, said in a prepared statement.
The ACES, a state approved school, is the largest private provider of special education in Arizona, serving approximately 90 students with autism, emotional disabilities and intellectual disabilities. The K-12 education program offers behavioral and academic remediation, and returns about 30 percent of the student population to public schools each year. So far, during its 20-year history, The ACES has served about 15,000 students.