Arizona Autism Excellence
Arizona Autism and Abbie
Rich in history, The Abbie School evolved from The Abbie Loveland Tuller School, a boarding school and college that operated for nearly 60 years in Tucson. The Abbie School was founded by parents, under “The Arizona Center for Autism,” a federally recognized, tax-exempt organization. To this day, Abbie School parents and families continue to be an integral part of our school and the Arizona autism community, where their input and volunteerism are welcome and valued.
The Abbie School is known for its innovative, “whole child approach” to educating children in Arizona with special needs, and although the organization’s face and name have changed over the years, its dedication to the mission of providing children with individual academic needs an education worthy of their potential remains constant.
Abbie School maintains a nurturing community while creating a place of excellence and opportunity for students with individual needs. We provide a specialized education based on innovative and research-proven techniques in a sensory sensitive, and accepting environment. Our goal is to maximize potential and build confidence by drawing on student’s strengths, interests, and by giving students the opportunity to be valued for their individuality.
The Abbie School is fully accredited by The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC), a world-renowned accrediting association and one of the six regional accrediting agencies in the United States. We are a certified grade 3–12 nonprofit, nonpublic school. We provide special education services for neurodiverse students in southern Arizona.
What We Value
Whole Child Care
We have found that the door to learning, is opened by reducing a student’s anxiety. Abbie School’s focus is on the whole child, giving equal value to academic work as well as to honing the skills necessary to be successful in relationships and in life.
Our students have the opportunity to develop genuine friendships, and be members of a dynamic, accepting community. At Abbie School we work to prepare students for what comes next, whether that is a return to public school, preparation for college or career.
Meet Our Team
Director, STEPS Program
Katie Arias, LPN
Director, Academy Students
Director, High School Students