Department of Exceptional Student Education


Autism Intensive Communication Academy


Autism Intensive Communication Academy Information

M-DCPS has established several Autism Intensive Communication Academies throughout the school district. These academies are located at the following schools:

  • Blue Lakes K-8 Center (incoming Kindergarten-Grade 8)
  • Gratigny Elementary School (incoming Kindergarten-Grade 5)
  • Redondo Elementary School (incoming Kindergarten-Grade 3)
  • Citrus Grove Elementary School (incoming Kindergarten-Grade 4)
  • Paul Bell Middle School (incoming Grade 6-Grade 8)
  • South Dade Middle School - Grades 4-8
  • Homestead Senior High School

The Autism Intensive Communication Academies are staffed by teachers and paraprofessionals who have worked with students with autism for a number of years and who have demonstrated the highest regard for helping students to understand the world and to communicate effectively. They utilize visual supports and a variety of communication tools to help the students succeed academically and socially. The use of technology is integrated throughout the student's day.

The Autism Intensive Communication Academies were created for students who are eligible under Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in the use of technology and significant challenges with verbal communication.

Parents applying for the Academies are required to sign a contract providing consent for videotaping the student for educational purposes. Under this contract they are also expected to participate in parent education workshops, use technology in the home to support student learning and success, and provide transportation, if the student resides outside of the established transportation boundaries.

Applications for attendance in the Autism Intensive Communication Academies for School year 2018-2019 must be submitted by January 15, 2018.

Links for downloading the MDCPS ASD app:

ASD Academy Application


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