When and how was the Autism Model School founded?
The school was started in 1998 by a group of parents with one thing in common: a child with autism. The parents put in a sponsorship application to the Lucas County Board of Education, becoming one of the first community schools in the state of Ohio.
What happened next?
In the first years, the school, which was located at Arrowhead Park in Maumee, was called M.O.D.E.L. Community School. The size: four classrooms composed of 30 children ages 5 to 12.
As the years progressed, the school responded to the needs of parents and the community by expanding to two buildings and serving individuals ages 5 to 22. In the summer of 2010, the two buildings became one when the school relocated to its current home on 3020 Tremainsville Road.
Does it cost anything for students to attend the school?
As a public community school, there is no fee to attend the school. Parents are strongly encouraged to:
- Pay a once-a-year school fee
- Provide reinforcements for students (items they enjoy)
- Contribute to the classroom, if able to do so
How can parents participate?
Parents can participate by attending educational meetings (IEP, ETR, parent-teacher conferences). They can also attend school board meetings, which are open to the public. The “Get Involved” tab on the school’s website highlights special events, fundraisers and other ways parents can stay connected.
Do you have summer programming?
The school is year-round and offers a summer session with the same hours, days and programming as the rest of the year. For the exact schedule, please refer to the school calendar.
What are the qualifications for enrollment?
To be considered for admittance to the Autism Model School, a student must:
- Be a legal resident of the state of Ohio
- Be between the ages of 5 – 21
What is the school’s admission process?
The first step in applying for admission is to print out and complete the student application. If you do not have access to a printer, please contact the office at 419-897-4400 to obtain a copy of the application.
Is there a waiting list for new students?
There is currently a waiting list for new students. The school recommends that families interested in enrolling a new student submit an application. If you’d like more information regarding the waiting list process, please contact the office at 419-897-4400.