6815 W. Cactus Road
Peoria, AZ 85381-0853
Tel: (623)937-5090
Grades: K-12 | 279 students
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 categories of special needs students including A, ED, ED-P, ID, OHI, SLD, SLI, TBI, MD, and MD-SSI.  The ACES provides its unique instructional opportunity on three campuses, in Peoria, Avondale and Tempe, Arizona. 

School Overview

School Type Special Education School
Religious Affiliation Non-sectarian
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year Yes
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Autism; Emotional Disabilities; Intellectual Disabilities (Mild, Moderate, Severe, Profound); Traumatic Brain Injuries; Speech and Language Impairments, Other Health Impairments, Multiple Disabilities, MD with Severe Sensory Impairments
Year Founded 1995

Student Body

Total Students 279 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 36%
Students by Grade The ACES Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 120 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 2:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 8 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling

School Notes:

  • The ACES is a multifaceted special education program designed specifically for students with emotional disabilities, specific learning disabilities and autism or other developmental delays. The ACES opened its doors of  on August 28, 1995 in the West Phoenix Valley (Peoria Campus) and on August 23, 2000 in the East Phoenix Valley (Tempe Campus).  August 2010 marked the opening of the third ACES campus in Avondale.  The schools accommodate specific educational and behavioral criteria of special needs students referred by the public school districts and charter schools.  The ACES opened with twenty-two students and currently serves over five hundred students per year from more than 50 districts and charter schools.   A multi-disciplinary team consisting of educators and behavioral health professionals representing a variety of specialties has developed the mission and philosophy upon which the educational principles of The ACES are based. The final result of these planning efforts is a highly organized program that modifies inappropriate behaviors and develops academic skills through precise structure and individualized educational programming.          
  •  By focusing upon the special education and behavioral health needs of the student, The ACES eliminates barriers to success by providing an authentically child-oriented program. The environment at The ACES is highly structured, safe, supportive, and goal oriented.  All students are accepted with unconditional love and genuine respect by a staff committed to finding the road to success for each student. Poor choices by students are addressed immediately, fairly, and consistently in order to effect positive changes in behavior.  Staffed by trained, certified, Highly Qualified Special Education Teachers, Special Subject Area Teachers, Behavior Coaches, Assistant Teachers, Counselors, Speech and Occupational Therapists, Clinicians, and Psychologists, The ACES’ instructional programs maximize student learning, comprehension, and retention. 

Profile last updated: 01/30/2015

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is Southwest Indian Schools/living Word Academy (1.5 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Tutor Time (1.2 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Tutor Time (1.2 miles away)
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As an administrator for The ACES, it is a dream come true for me to have the privilege of working with our exceptional students and excellent staff on three campuses, in Peoria, Tempe, and Avondale, Arizona.
- Posted by Administrator, 02/02/15

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