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Have questions?

Check out the information below to learn more on frequently asked questions parents have throughout this process.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team (MET)?

The evaluation to determine whether a student is eligible to receive special education and related services must be conducted by a multidisciplinary evaluation team (MET).  The MET includes the individualized education program (IEP) team members and other qualified professionals.

For more information:

Special Education Process PDF

What is an Individualized Education Program (IEP)?

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) lays out the special education instruction, supports, and services a student needs to thrive in school.

What is an  an Individual Learning Plan (ILP)?

An Individual Learning Plan (ILP) is a collaboratively written document which outlines a student’s current level of ability and identifies specific goals for future attainment. ILP ensure students with learning challenges have access to a meaningful curriculum suited to their particular needs.

What is an Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA)?

An Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) is an account administered by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) and funded by state tax dollars to provide education options for qualified Arizona students.

For more information:

ESA Program Homepage

2023-2024 ESA Program Handbook

ESA Eligibility Requirements & Application

ESA Contact Information

ClassWallet Information

What is a School Tuition Organization (STO) Scholarship?

Certified School Tuition Organizations (STOs) are established to receive income tax credit contributions that fund scholarships for students to attend qualified private schools located in Arizona. 

For more information: 


STO Manual – Guidelines for School Tuition Organizations

List of School Tuition Organizations Certified to Receive Corporate Donations

List of School Tuition Organizations Certified to Receive Donations for the Individual Income Tax Credit

What are Division of Development Disabilities (DDD) services?

The Division of Developmental Disabilities empowers individuals with developmental disabilities to lead self-directed, healthy and meaningful lives. DDD provides supports and services for eligible Arizonans. DDD provides supports and services to individuals diagnosed with one of the following developmental disabilities:

  • Autism;

  • Cerebral palsy;

  • Epilepsy;

  • Cognitive / Intellectual Disability;

  • Down Syndrome; or

  • Are under the age of six and at risk of having a Developmental Disability

For more information:

DDD Eligibility Requirements

Is lunch provided during the school day?

Lunch is not provided and we do ask that students bring a morning and afternoon snack, a lunch, and a water bottle to class every single day. 

Does Red Oak Autism Academy provide transportation?

We do not provide transportation at this time. Please reach out to us for more support with before and after school transport if needed. 

My student is sick! What is Red Oak Autism Academy's sick policy?

Please do not bring your student to school if they have had the following symptoms in the last 24 hours: a fever above 100.4 F, vomiting, extreme diarrhea, and/or have been diagnosed with anything contagious (i.e. strep, the flu, etc). 

The best practice for any sick student is to stay home until they have been symptom free, without medication, for 24 hours. 

Does Red Oak Autism Academy have fall, winter and spring break?

We have a two break each quarter from school. Additionally, we celebrate several holidays throughout the year as well. Please review the following calendar to see our holiday time off from school:

2023-2024 Academic Calendar

What training does Red Oak Autism Academy require of their staff and teachers?

All of our staff must have their fingerprint clearance card and first aid/CPR training. Additionally, all our staff receive SafetyCare training for behavioral management. We provide monthly professional development days for teachers and staff to receive further hands-on training on behaviors, class management, curriculum needs, and more. 

Does my student need to be independent in the restroom?

Our school policy is for each student to be as independent or as close to independent as possible in the restroom. Our staff cannot change diapers or pull-ups on campus. Student reminders and prompting throughout the day are done by all staff members, especially for the younger classrooms. 

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