Only 56% of students with autism finish high school. (Wagner. M., et al. An Overview of Findings from Wave 2 of the National Transition Study, SRI International, Menlo Park, CA)

The average per-pupil expenditure for educating a child with autism was estimated by SEEP to be over $18,000 in the 1999-2000 school year.  This estimate was nearly three times the expenditure for a typical regular education student who did not receive special education services. (GAO-05-220, Special Education Report to Congress, 2005)

One in 32 children in Katy has been identified with
an autism spectrum disorder;

share the hope.

Educational Resources:

There are many choices for education in the Houston and surrounding areas. Some families choose public,and some find that private is a better fit. Another option is homeschooling. Whatever choice you make, this list can help you navigate school choice.

Local Public School Resources:

Katy Independent School District 
Special Education Department: 

Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Project Tyke Katy

Houston Independent School District

Spring Branch Independent School District 

Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District

Alief Independent  School District

Fort Bend Independent School District

Lamar Consolidated School District

Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)
4706 Airport Avenue
Rosenberg, TX 77471
Counties served: Austin, Colorado, Fort Bend, Matagorda, Waller, and Wharton
The mission of Project GROW (Growing Resources in Our World) Early Childhood Intervention is to educate and empower families of children, age birth through 3 years, with developmental delays or who are at risk for delays by assessing and implementing appropriate training and/or services that support family resources (offers some early intervention services).

Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) - North Harris County Team
6032 Airline
Houston, Texas  77076


Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) - South Harris County Team
6125 Hillcroft
Houston, Texas  77081
Referral line: 713-970-4900
Counties served: Harris
ECI main website:
Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) serves children, bi
rth to age 3, with disabilities or developmental delays. The services we offer include: Evaluation and Assessment, Occupational and Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Therapy, Service Coordination, Family Counseling and Education, Developmental Services. Services are provided in child's home or community settings (daycare, foster parent, grandparent, etc.).

Texas Education Agency in collaboration with Statewide Leadership in Secondary Transition and Post School Results at Education Service Center Region 11 announced that the Texas Transition and Employment Guide has been posted to the website and is located at


Cirkiel & Associates, P.C.

Martin J. Cirkiel, Senior Attorney
David Beinke, Senior Special Education Advocate
1901 E. Palm Valley Blvd.
Round Rock, TX 78664
David Beinke's personal email:
Provides a unique brand of support for children with special needs in their educational environment to families throughout the State of Texas.

The Cuddy Law Firm, P.C.
Elizabeth Angelone, Managing Attorney
Tel: 512-649-3191
Fax: 512-649-1217
The firm’s vision to build a national, full-service special education firm that works with children and parents - protecting the child’s disability rights and preserving the family resources. Ms. Angelone has served in public education as an award-winning teacher, campus administrator, and a district-level administrator. Prior to joining the Cuddy Law Firm, Ms. Angelone practiced in the areas of special education law, family law, teacher discipline, guardianships, and juvenile crime. She now focuses her practice on special education and related matters.

Davis Advocates
Samantha Davis
Special Education Advocacy
P.O. Box 3475
Pearland, TX 77588
Office: 936-524-4713

Disability Rights Texas  1-800-252-9108

Advancing the Rights of Texans with Disabilities.  They recognize the varied needs of people with disabilities in Texas.  As such, the scope of our work includes the following service priorities; Accessibility, Community Living, Education, Employment, Healthcare, Housing, Protection and Civil Rights, and Transportation.

Family to Family Network
Mary Jane Williams
16225 Park Ten Place, #500
Houston TX 77084

F2F empowers families of children with disabilities by providing information, training, referrals and support.   They help families to successfully navigate the complex educational, medical and social service systems so that children can reach their potential and be included in schools and communities.  Their information & referral services are provided to parents, educators, agency personnel and others to inform them of the full range of community services available for families who have children with disabilities.

LZR Educational Advocacy & Mediation

Loretta Zayas-Revai, MS, M.Ed., LSSP

Advocate and Mediator

Office: (281) 464-3242

Fax: (281) 464-4383

Mobile/Text: (281) 857-1080

Email: Loretta’s advocacy services provide a hands-on approach to educational advocacy. Loretta’s services expand the entire spectrum; from direct communication with schools districts to participation in all ARD and Section 504 meetings. Her more than 30 years of experience affords her a vast knowledge in the education process. She offers the advantage of being able to interpret evaluation reports in all areas of assessment. Loretta is a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) and a Texas Certified Mediator. As a Spanish speaker, she is committed to serving all individuals with special needs, without the barrier of language.

National ARD/IEP Advocates
Louis Geigerman, special education advocate
Special education advocate highly trained with specialized knowledge about the special education process.

Partners Resource Network TEAM Project - Region 4 (PTI of Texas)
2825 Wilcrest Drive, Suite 205
Houston, TX 77042
713-524-2147 or 1-877-832-8945
Ana Esparza, Regional Coordinator, 

Special Ed
Jimmy Kilpatrick
Special Education Advocate and Consultant
832 814-7463
A nationally recognized professional special education advocate since 1994.  Special Ed is a group of local (based in Houston, Texas) as well as national experts in the field of education who are equipped to provide advocacy, research and organizational support for you, your child, or your community.

Special Education Boss
Karen Mayer Cunningham, Special Education Advocate
Office : 281-604-5487
Direct: 713-269-9751
Comprehensive special education advocacy. Helping families navigate the ARD/IEP process, finding answers for your loved ones special education needs. 

Texas Project FIRST
A project of Family To Family Network: Created by parents, for parents...this web site is a project of the Texas Education Agency and is committed to providing accurate and consistent information to parents & families of students with disabilities.  Texas Project FIRST is an activity of the Texas Continuing Improvement Process (TCIP) under the auspices of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and Region 9 Education Service Center, and is focused on helping to fulfill the goals of TEA and the Parent Training Committee. TEA Parent Information Line 1-800-252-9668.

The Arc of Fort Bend County
Karri Axtell
123 Brooks Street
Sugar Land, TX 77478
(281) 494-5959
Ensuring opportunities for people with intellectual and related developmental disabilities to maximize their quality of life within the community.
Summary of Programs & Services ADVOCACY:
-Client Advocacy - attendance at staffings, assistance with social service agencies, “Person-Directed” planning, assistance with individual needs
-Self Advocacy - monthly meetings for adults (post HS) offering training in leadership and selfdetermination. Self-Advocacy conference attended yearly
-Legislative Advocacy - influencing federal, state and local legislators EDUCATION SERVICES
-Advocacy, information & referral services addressing issues from birth through end of life
-ARD, IEP & ITP meeting assistance. Special Education publications available
-Informal support groups, meetings and workshops for parents, educators and providers EMPLOYMENT PROGAM-Interviewing, job placement and job coaching for individuals receiving “General Revenue” (GR) funding -Employer assistance in supporting individuals in their jobs
-Job coaching in specific skills needed to maintain current jobs SPECIAL OLYMPICS DELEGATION
-Aquatics, basketball, bocce ball, bowling, golf, softball, track & field and volleyball
-Weekly practices, local and state competitions SOCIAL / RECREATION PROGAMS
-Youth –Inclusive social activities for children with and without disabilities, PPCD to 21, planned during the school year
-Young adults - inclusive social activities for “TwentySomethings” individuals with and without disabilities who are in their twenties, and opportunities for family networking, minimal activity fees
-Adults (post high school) – activities & dances planned, 2 to 4 events each month, minimal activity fees -Bowling (adults) - Saturdays @ Stafford Lanes, 2:45 pm to 5:00 pm, September through May
-Residential and Commercial Properties
-The Arc owns 15 residential properties which are leased at below market rates to licensed providers to operate as group homes
-The Arc owns 2 commercial properties which are leased at below market rates to licensed providers to operate as Learning Centers 

The Arc of Greater Houston: The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.


The Arc of Katy: They work to create opportunities for all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities that enable each person to be a participating and respected member of our community and to grow in mind, body and spirit. They have social activities at the Katy Family YMCA, summer camps and other opportunities.

University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center, Medical School
Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences Building (BBSB)
1941 East Rd., 2nd Floor
Houston, TX 77054
New appt. line: 713-486-2591 (not accepting Medicaid but that may change)
New appt. line: 713-486-2591. The CLASS Clinic (Changing Lives through Autism Spectrum Services) Neuropsych and psych-ed evaluations. Dr. Katherine A. Loveland specializes in the treatment and diagnosis of adolescents and adults. Social groups (for children, adolescents, or adults); specialize in transition services; and has someone on staff who does school consulting/advocating.

Whitburn & Pevsner, PLLC
Mark Whitburn, Attorney, Commercial litigation, ERISA, Special Education Law and Civil Rights matters.
Sean Pevsner, Attorney-Special Education Law and Advocacy, Guardianship and other probate proceedings. 
(817) 592-3488
Offices in Austin and Arlington, Texas

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law and Advocacy
Pete and Pam Wright are Adjunct Professors of Law at the William and Mary Law School where they teach a course about special education law and advocacy and assist with the Law School's Special Education Law Clinic. Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

Educational Evaluations:

Family Literacy Network
Dr. Eldo Bergman
3130 Rogerdale, Suite.180
Houston, TX 77043

Special Education Resources:

IDEA 2004 Parent Guide:


Learning Disabilities Association of America:


National Education Association Special Education:


Partners Resource Network TEAM Project - Region 4
5005 W. 34th Street
Houston, TX 77092
713-524-2147 or 1-800-866-4726
Ana Esparza, or Julissa Porro, Program Manager
Margianna Sanchez-Petit, Translation Specialist,
Office is open 8:30 a.m. — 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday


Special Education is an organization that runs one of the top informational sites on the web for parents and teachers of children with special needs (and people who want to become special education teachers), The site includes original, trustworthy content from a number of experienced special education professionals, including prominent contributors such as Tim Shriver, Chairman of the Special Olympics. Here are a few special features:

- A guide to disability categories that are covered under IDEA

- A comprehensive guide to Response to Intervention (RTI)

- State-by-state guides to 1) teacher certification, and 2) master's degrees in Special Education

- New resource created to encourage aspiring/current teachers to pursue careers in special education


Special Ed info:


Special Ed info:

Resource guide for students with disabilities

Scholarship guide for students with disabilities


Texas Project FIRST: an online resource that is developed by parents, for parents. The site is arranged by age so you can access information when it is needed.  The site has links to Community Services (How to get your children on Medicaid waiver lists, etc.), IEP development, TAKS/STAAR/EOC, TEKS, etc.  It is also your source for Acronyms and Glossary definitions which are no longer in the TEA Guide to the ARD Process.

Caring4OurKids is a group of parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and a few comorbid diseases such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia who have contributed the following resources:
Autism Resources for Families
Sesame Street Autism Resources for Parents
Reduce the Noise: Help Loved Ones with Sensory Overload Enjoy Shopping
Operation Autism for Military Families
Academic Accommodation Resources
Temple Grandin's Teaching Tips
Taking your Child with Autism to the Orthodontist
Estate Planning for Parents of Kids with Autism

Private Schools in the Houston Metro Area:

Avondale House
3737 O’Meara Drive
Houston, Texas 77025
A not-for-profit agency that provides education services, a day habilitation program and residential services for individuals diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Ancillary Services Include: Occupational Therapy, Applied Behavior Analysis, Speech and Language Therapy, Medical Services, Therapeutic Recreational Services, Parent Group Meetings, Online Discussion Forums. Application required. Note: Long waiting list. 

Bayes Achievement Center
7517 Highway 75 South
Huntsville, TX 77340
BAC is a “TEA Approved Non-Public Day School” authorized to serve students ages 3–22.  Although BAC is approved to service a broader age range, the age criteria established for admission is 6-22.  BAC is able to serve individuals with emotional disturbances, mental retardation, and/or disorders within the Autism spectrum, as defined by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, and children who may have other handicapping conditions (as defined by IDEA).

Briarwood School's 
Tuttle School
Carole Wills, Head of School
12207 Whittington Drive
Houston, TX 77077
The Tuttle School is located on the Briarwood School campus and is for developmental delays and children with autism. The upper school does NOT enroll students with autism or Asperger's. 

Capstone Classical Academy
Jean Pickering, Director
19407 Park Row, Ste 140 & 170B
Houston, TX 77084
(Behind Houston Community College)
Phone: 832-314-1400
Fax: 281-492-7263
School Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m - 2:30 p.m. (Fridays are reserved for director approved programming.)

Good for kids with ADHD, dyslexia or other learning disabilities (not for students with autism who need a more individualized approach). Though each is accepted on an individual basis, please know that their non-traditional, non-stress setting allows room for different learning styles. They have a transition plan as well. Accredited by the National Association of Private Schools.

Central VAST Academy
Department Office
1301 Alabama Street, Suite 101
Houston, TX 77004
713 718-6832
VAST Academy provides post-secondary transition programs and comprehensive support services which lead to meaningful credentials, employment and independence for differently-abled individuals. Opportunities include vocational certificates, pre-college and freshman success “bridge” courses, career readiness credentials, internships and employment assistance offered through an inclusive, relevant and affordable avenue.
VAST Academy will be:

  • A post-secondary, “affordable” program of choice, for “differently abled” individuals seeking workforce certificates and academic advancement, leading to professional careers, employment and independence.
  • Known for its innovative and “cutting-edge” programs, certificates and technology.
  • An intenral part of the economic and educational life of the community through its collaborative partnerships.
  • A technical resource model, sharing best practices with community colleges and institutions seeking to develop similar model programs.

Clay Academy
Amy Clay, director
7035 W. Tidwell, J104
, Texas 77092
Students will work on social skills, motor skills, and academic skills up to their maximum capabilities with hands-on learning activities in a 5:1 student-teacher ratio. Offers Internet Homeschooling as well.

Creative Mind Academy

Stacy Barber, Director/Founder
3248 East Broadway
Pearland, TX 77581
The school is for kids from 6th to 12th grades. The owner is a special education teacher with years of experience and she has an 18 year old child with Asperger's who is currently attending Alvin Community college (in 2011) with lots of parental support. At Creative Mind Academy they strive to help the alternative learner acquire important skills that will help them throughout their lives. They will help students develop self-confidence, self-acceptance and their special skills and talents while in their care. Their program is designed for alternative learners in 6th through 12th grade with learning disabilities.

Crossroads School Incorporated
Dr. Gila Arnoni, Director
5822 Dolores Street
Houston, TX 77057
Students enrolled may have; Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Attention Deficit Disorders, Gifted and Talented, Mild Tourette’s, Mild Asperger’s, Mild developmental disorders, “Late bloomers”, Children who have not performed well in a traditional school setting, Learning Differences due to medical conditions, Learning Differences due to pre-adoption circumstances. Kindergarten through 10th grade. 

Easter Seals - Greater Houston High School/High Tech Program
Erin Johnson
4500 Bissonnet, Suite 340
Bellaire TX 77401
713-838-9050 ext. 326
High School/High Tech is a community-based partnership of parents, educators, rehabilitation professionals and business representatives working together to encourage students with disabilities to explore the fields of science, engineering and technology.  High School/High Tech was developed to address this situation. Most individuals with disabilities have not had the encouragement, role models, access and stimulation to pursue challenging technical careers or courses of study. Meets weekly.

Elim Christian School 
5151 Addicks Satsuma Road
Houston, TX 77084
Dianne Hornor, board member

Elim Christian School will be a place where learning differences are celebrated and academic challenges are embraced in a holistic, hope-filled environment of responsible discipleship and recognition that all of God’s children are called to excel in accordance with the gifts and abilities He has given them.
What makes Elim a different kind of Christian school?

  • Every student will receive an annual Personalized Education Plan (PEP) designed in collaboration with the school and parents
  • A student/teacher ratio of no more than 7:1
  • Customized education plans specific for each child;
  • Hands-on project-based learning;
  • A desire to nurture your child with the mind of Christ
  • Morning worship time each day
  • Curriculum-directed, project-based learning that leads to concrete life applications and service
  • An emphasis on creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication
  • A variety of learning environments, both online and on campus, that fit the appropriate physical, emotional, and academic needs of each student
  • Additional services on campus as needed:  OT, PT, Speech Therapy, Neuro-sensory Training (NILD), Counseling, etc.
  • Job training and internships

Excelsior Academy
Ajmal (AJ) Saleem, Director
Administration office: 104 Industrial Blvd, Suite Q
(Sugar Land Art Center and Gallery)
Sugar Land, TX 77478

Private school for students with learning disabilities, e.g., ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, reading barriers or motivational barriers.


Focus Initiative & Focus Academy (2 locations)
Jacquelyn Mulkey, Executive Director
4781 South Main Street, Stafford, Texas  77477 (Southwest Houston/Sugar Land area) Phone: 281-240-0663
- 2408 Timberloch, Suite D1, The Woodlands, TX 77380 (Spring/Woodlands area)
They are a small private school, they enroll students pre-school through high school/college prep.  Focus Academy is a different kind of school. Rather than just trying to get students through high school, they follow a philosophy of preparing the student for college and life. They use a comprehensive approach to education, giving their students the tools needed for success in the classroom.Students appropriate for the Junior Academy include socially quirky kids with verbal language skills and basic classroom behavior skills. They host a toastmasters (public speaking) program for their academy students every other week starting in September 2011. They invite home-school students to join the group as well. This as it is an excellent way to work on speech, language & social skills outside of your home-school program. They also have daytime social groups available for home-school students to teach social & advanced life skills.

Houston CAN Academy
Trenn Russell, Principal
3401 Hardy Street
Houston, TX 77009
To provide the highest quality education for all students, especially those who have struggled in a traditional high school setting, in order to ensure their economic independence. Non profit charter school.

HUB Houston (members are Heard, Understood and Believed in)
4209 Galway Lane
Houston, TX 77080
The HUB Houston is a relationship-centered educational program serving teenagers and young adults with neurological differences. 

KnILE Center
5419 FM 762 Richmond, TX 77469
Phone: (281) 761-6610
Fax: (281) 749-8122

Our mission is to develop confident students by providing them with the best tools and strategies to help them reach their fullest potential to succeed in school and life. We stress total development of the child through example, practice, empowerment and development of different learning styles. We strive to offer a new way of learning with no limitations.

Launch Academy
5801 New Territory Blvd. (located inside Parkway United Methodist Church)
Sugar Land, TX 7749
Richard Kelly, Director of Admissions
Launch Academy seeks to respond to a need in our educational system to put people ahead of policies. We seek to do this in very specific ways. Launch Academy’s unique educational model intentionally places students with learning abilities and disabilities into shared lecture classes. Students thrive in Launch Academy’s classrooms where individualization promotes unlimited growth. 

Memorial Hall School 
Rev. George C. Aurich, Head Master
5400 Mitchelldale, Suite A-1
Houston, TX 77092
Memorial Hall provides a quality educational facility where students with average or above average intellect can experience and acquire an excellent, meaningful education with dignity and pride. Memorial Hall stresses to provide a curriculum that meets the needs of the individual. Our staff has committed themselves throughout the years in assisting students to assume responsibility for their education and overall development. 4th through 12th grade.

Memorial Private High School
Harry Camp, Head of School
14333 Fern Drive
Houston, TX 77079, 281-759-2288
Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools. MPHS is a faith-based High School (8th-12th) serving Houston's Memorial and surrounding area since 2005. The MET (Memorial Education and Tutoring) is an afternoon and evening tutoring division of MPHS. The School is designed for students that would do well in a school that:

  •  has a small teacher-student ratio
  •  manages the flexibility required for effective private education
  •  emphasizes the importance of faith
  •  can offer an economically viable choice
  •  strives to teach self-responsibility and self-initiative
  •  accepts students who excel and want to accelerate their high school program


Monarch School/The Monarch Institute for Neurological Differences
Ms. Marty Webb, Ed.D.
2815 Rosefield Road
Houston, TX 77080
Provides a therapeutic educational day school for children with neurological differences including Attention Deficit Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Asperger’s, Tourette Syndrome, and Learning Disabilities
  • Pre-K - 12th grades
  • Summer Program: for Monarch students and from the community
  • Diagnostic Clinic for children and adults with neurological differences
  • Summer programming

Parish School
11001 Hammerly Road
Houston, Texas 77043
Provides a total education experience for children who have communication and learning differences, but average to above average learning potential

  •  Ages 18 months - 5th grade
  •  Summer Camp programs for Parish students and the community
The Carruth Center: provides specialized support services for children and their families from Parish School and the general community, including evaluations, therapy services, Developmental Building Blocks, occupational and speech therapy.  Has summer programming.

Providence Treatment Center
Anita Vendetti, Program Director
311 Present Street
Missouri City, Texas 77489-1145
Day School, Disability Conditions; Autism, Emotional Disturbance, Learning Disability, Mental Retardation                , Multiple Disabilities, Ages 6 through 21. Providence is a TEA approved non-public school.

Redd School
4820 Strack Road
Houston, Texas 77069
Objectives: To take each child from where he/she is academically, emotionally and socially to as far as he/she can go. 
To find the level of instruction that challenges without frustrating, so a student feels accomplished each day. Enrollment not specific to children with disabilities but they are known to enroll students with Asperger’s and HFA. Preschool through 8th grade.

Rise School of Houston
Jan Stailey, Director
8080 N Stadium Drive
Houston, TX 77054
A brand-new facility designed and built for their needs on 1.56 acres in the Texas Medical Center at Highway 288 and N. McGregor will open in late 2011. The purpose of the Rise School of Houston is to provide the highest quality of early childhood education services to children with Down syndrome or other developmental disabilities and to children without disabilities.

River Oaks Academy

Dr. Luis Valdes, Director

10600 Richmond Avenue

Houston, TX  77042

If your child struggles in school academically or socially, River Oaks Academy may be the school for you. ROA provides individualized education for children with a wide range of special needs in a private school environment. Small student teacher ratios and specialized programming for those with learning differences, learning disabilities, unique learning styles, social skills needs, ADHD, autism and behavioral and emotional issues are provided. Accredited by both the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and Texas Education Agency (TEA). Grades K-12.

School for Young Children at the University of St. Thomas
810 Sul Ross Street

Houston, TX 77006
No website
School for Young Children is a program for children with language and learning disabilities. Currently, it serves children between the ages of 5 1/2 - 12. Pushes academics.
  • Grades 1-5
  • Private school
  • Nonsectarian, special education, coed
  • 6 hours per day

Spectrum of Hope, LLC
Kimberly Wallace, Founder 
14110 Cypress Creek Boulevard
Cypress, TX 77429
Spectrum of Hope, LLC has expanded our program offerings to include Hope Academy. Hope Academy was piloted in our Hope Extended program in May 2011 and has been a tremendous success for our children and staff. It is the “next” step for children preparing to enter into a typical classroom and focuses on academics as well as social skills and functional communication in a larger ratio. The program focuses on: Group Instruction, Language Arts, Math, Social Skills, Physical Education, Science, History, Role Play, Functional Communication .Certified Elementary School Teachers and Board Certified Behavior Analysts direct and supervise the classrooms in conjunction with a highly trained staff. Group instruction topics have been selected and modified so as to apply to all the children participating, while still taking their individual skills and abilities into consideration. Academic curriculums are based on the TEKS and curriculums such as Math-U-See, Headsprout, and Handwriting Without Tears assist in developing goals for the children. The larger ratios require children to initiate and maintain interactions without continual therapist prompting and guidance.  In addition to teaching the children to attend and respond to one lead teacher in increasing ratio sizes and less restrictive environments, they will also be working on learning classroom readiness skills seen in typical classrooms. These skills include raising their hands appropriately, waiting their turns, being the teacher's helper, working independently, staying on task, group testing, responding to and learning from their peers. 
Finally, all children participating in the program will continue to receive intensive therapy on their individual goals during pullout sessions with one of the shadowing therapists every day. Please contact Nicole Stiefler, BCABA, at 281-894-1423 for more information.

The Arbor School
1635 Blalock
Houston TX 77080

Many of the Arbor children have a primary diagnosis of Down syndrome or cerebral palsy, plus additional medical disabilities such as heart defects, vision and hearing problems. Other children at The Arbor have a diagnosis of autism, language delays or central nervous system or genetic disorders, as well as physical mobility challenges that confine them to wheelchairs. Currently, there is a capital campaign to build a new barrier-free designed school. The purchase of 5.3 acres in Houston, is the site of their future home. The property lies east of Beltway 8, north of Hempstead, south of Hwy 290, and west of Gessner Road.

The Branch School
Emily Smith, Head of School
1424 Sherwood Forest Street
Houston, TX 77043-3802
Preschool – 8th. The Branch School, a private school in West Houston. They provide students with a strong academic program, partnered with a curriculum that encourages critical thinking and the development of problem-solving skills. This thinking curriculum allows students to apply the skills that they are learning to solve problems and express their ideas creatively in projects and presentations. 

The Caroline School (Easter Seals - Greater Houston)
Melissa Larson, Program Director
4500 Bissonnet, 3rd Floor
Bellaire TX 77401
713-838-9050, ext. 362
The Caroline School, a day program for children with special needs was founded by Elizabeth DeLuca in the spring of 2002. Elizabeth is the mother of four girls. Her youngest daughter, Caroline, has multiple disabilities including severe mental retardation, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy. Through her daughter’s disability, Elizabeth became acutely aware of the need for quality education for children with severe to profound developmental delays. This unique school was created for those who prefer a smaller, more custom learning environment for their children.

The Gateway Academy
3721 Dacoma Street
Houston, Texas 77092

Serves 7th—12th graders who have learning differences that impact social, academic, and critical thinking skills. Their students typically have learning disabilities such as Dyslexia, Language Delays, Asperger Syndrome, ADHD and Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities. Our Middle School and High School programs provide an education that will enable your child to meet Texas Graduation requirements. 

The Harris School
6210 Rookin
Houston, TX 77074
The Harris School offers a specialized curriculum for children in preschool through grade 8 who are typically average to above average intellectually, have needs that are not being met in a traditional school setting, and are not functioning at their full potential due to underlying social or emotional difficulties. This includes children who are experiencing anxiety or depression, have suffered trauma, or those diagnosed with ADHD, PDD, SID, ODD, Bipolar Disorder, Tourette Syndrome or Asperger’s Disorder. The Harris School focuses on the emotional world of the child and its impact on their behaviors.

The Horizon School
Located on the campus of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
1207 Winding Way Drive
Friendswood, TX 77546
The Horizon School is an academic-based school for students with Down syndrome and similar developmental delays serving the greater Houston area.  Our goal is to create an academic environment that is fun and rewarding for students, teachers and family members alike. The school employs teaching methods proven to be effective in teaching children with Down syndrome. Through individualized goals and personalized curriculums we strive to instill our students with the love of learning and the pride of accomplishment so critical to their development.  The students will learn the relevant skills needed to be productive members of society and build supportive relationships that will last a lifetime.

The Joy School
One Chelsea Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
The Joy School is committed to helping children with learning differences reach their academic, social, and creative potential by providing an environment that is safe, supportive and innovative such that they can learn successfully. The Joy School strives to provide a safe, supportive environment that provides a traditional curriculum, while adapting to the remedial needs of each individual student.  They also focus on each student’s future placement, with most students returning to mainstream environments within four years. Pre-K through eighth
grade. Has summer programming.

The New Day School – Harris Center/MHMRA of Harris County
3630 W. Dallas Street
Houston, Texas  77019
The school is an approved TEA-certified alternative nonpublic day school for students with developmental disabilities and behavioral and psychiatric needs. Their focus is on treating psychiatric symptoms that have led to severe behavior problems in school. This program is available to any of the school districts in Harris County. Serves children and adolescents, ages 6 – 22. To qualify for services the child must be enrolled in school and diagnosed with a mental health problem, mild to moderate mental retardation, and/or a pervasive developmental disorder such as autism or PDD NOS. The child’s school must hold an Admission, Review, and Dismissal conference (ARD) and recommend sending the student to The New Day School.

The Next Step Academy
Brookwoods Campus (elementary through middle school)
3913 BrookWoods
Houston, TX 77092
Sugar Land Campus (elementary school)
Located at Sugar Creek Baptist Church, in Promise Land Building
13333 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land TX 77478
281-715-2888 or 1-877-368-7203
Email: or
The Next Step Academy is a day treatment program that is specially designed to meet the educational needs of individuals with developmental delays, specifically individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. They offer full time and part time programs in an environment that combines effective therapeutic approaches with traditional educational methods. Their program uses the Integrated Developmental Educational Approach to Learning™ (IDEAL), which was first developed at The Institute for Special Needs Children (InSNC). Their program combines multiple therapeutic approaches, functional life skills, and traditional educational areas in an individualized treatment program that is customized for each of their students. The individualized nature of their program, including small class sizes (max of 6) and small child to teacher ratios (1:1 or 2:1), provides the support their kids need to get to the next step in their developmental process.

The Tenney School
Michael Tenney
3500 South Gessner (housed in the same building as Step to Progress)
Houston, Texas 77063
(713) 783-6990
The students at the Tenney School get loads of individual attention. Each works with a private instructor in each of the core subjects: English, science, history, and math. Our overall 2-to-1 student teacher ratio ensures students always have access to staff available and willing to help them achieve the next level of academic success. Instruction is tailored in each one-to-one course to place each student in their best position for success.  Though we specify four different levels of curriculum (Honors, Standard, Modified, and English Language Learner), one-to-one instructors’ factor in each student's learning strengths, weaknesses, capabilities, and needs when working with students. A new facility will open in 2013. The plan is for the school to begin the 2013 - 2014 school year in the new facility.  School is known to enroll students with Asperger’s, ADHD with learning differences.


The Westview School

Donna Marshall, Director

1900 Kersten Drive

Houston, Texas 77043

The Westview School is a private, non-profit school for children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder from ages 2 to 15 years old. Westview’s challenging, well-rounded curriculum includes a full range of academic programs with additional focus on social communication and social skills. Westview also offers opportunities to pursue the arts, extra-curricular activities and real-world experiences, and is home to The Stewart Center, a full-service psychology clinic serving the greater Houston area.

The Williams School (DBA Homeschool Academy)
Lisa Williams, Director
3900 Lexington Blvd.
Missouri City TX 77459
At The Williams School, we specialize in teaching children with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities in a warm, nurturing environment. We focus on the individual strengths and weaknesses of each student with a program based on building self-esteem and achieving academic success. In addition to basic skills that everyone needs as a foundation for success in today’s world, The Williams School strives to bring out in each child the desire to learn, explore, and develop his or her own special talents. For the 2013/2014 school year, tuition is $9,000. 


True Knight Home School Academy
Diana Floris, Director
Brighton Church
11925 SW Freeway
Stafford, TX 77477
Day School: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm; After School Program: 3:00 - 6:00 pm. True Knight Home School Academy is an after school and homeschool academy for students with special needs through age 22. The school was born out of a need to bring a higher standard and an increased expectation to our children with “special needs”. They bring an innovative approach in education, utilizing a strong curriculum and supporting it with brain training activities.  Their fundamentals are reading, writing, and arithmetic.  They believe each child has a capacity to learn, and it is their responsibility to find a way to tap into that child’s potential. 

Wesley Academy
10570 Westpark
Houston, TX 77042

The mission of Wesley Academy is to provide an educational environment that embodies the Christian faith and encourages students to reach their academic potential. By fostering mutual respect and cooperation, the school enables each child to develop a sense of self-worth, independence, responsibility and self-direction.

The Special Schools Coalition is a network of special educators with non-profit schools, dedicated to collaboration, resource sharing and increased community awareness and support. Member database.


Homeschooling Information: 

Cypress Homeschool Association (CHA)
Northwest side of Houston
CHA is dedicated to the support of parents and students homeschooling in the Cypress area. Through field trips, social outings, teaching co-ops and various clubs and events, we seek to create many opportunities for education and socialization.

Elementary Education Community Resource List
Sandy Shives, passionate and active promoter of the Elementary Education Community has researched and completed a list of 101 sites dedicated to the Home Schooling movement. You can find great websites covering general homeschool sites, homeschooling blogs, state and local organizations, Montessori schools, unschooling, and other alternative education options at his link:

Houston, TX
H-HERO is for sharing information about Houston area homeschooling resources (like e-lists, laws, museums, etc.) and opportunities (like meet-ups, field trips, etc.) with all Houston-area home educators.


Home Education Partnership of Texas, Inc.
11665 Fuqua, STE A-100, Houston, TX 77034
Phone: (281) 922-0472
Fax: (281) 922-0504
HEP has provided quality group classes for the Greater Houston area for eleven years. We offer over 70 academic classes and a classical school for grades K-12. We also provide a graduation, yearbook club, speech/debate, project fair, standardied testing, and many other services to homeschool families. We partner with the HEP Bookstore to provide a full service homeschool program.

Homewood Christian Association
The Woodlands, Texas - North of Houston
We are a Christian home school support group located in The Woodlands, Texas. We require agreement with our Statement of Faith and a commitment of service from each family in our membership. Please visit our Web site for more information.


Houston Alternative Education Alliance (HAEA)
Serving the Greater Houston area, with members from Harris, Fort Bend, Galveston, and Montgomery counties
Contact: Eleonore
HAEA is an inclusive/nonsectarian association of homeschooling families. Our members hold monthly meetings, park days, and field trip activities in which we share support and information pertaining to our families’ growth.

Katy Association of Christian Homeschoolers (KACH)
They are large group of Christian homeschooling families that live in and around the Katy, Texas area. They support and encourage fellow homeschooling families and provide opportunities for many small group activities (pre-K-12), field trips and the ability to share and ask questions regarding curriculum and other homeschool questions.  Applicants must agree with Bylaws and Statement of Faith. Enrollment fee is $20, annual renewal is $15 for annual prompt payment enrollment and includes access to the online community at and Yahoo group once they have received an online membership application and payment. KACH has a special needs group, contact them for more info.  A membership includes access to their online community, KACH small group activities, fall kick-off event, and year-end party. This is a link to a great guide you can download and print out:

Katy Family YMCA
22807 Westheimer Parkway
Katy, Texas 77494
Home School Enrichment Classes
Children must be 5 years of age by September 1, 2013 to enroll.  A Y facility family membership is required to participate in our Home School Program.  Fun and educational classes include: Theatre Arts (Elementary), Theatre Arts (Jr. High & High School), Beginning Art, Acrylic Art (Advanced), Physical Education (Grades K-12), Spanish (Elementary).


LATCH (Lending Assistance to Challenged Homeschoolers)
Meets 2nd Monday of each month at 7 pm to 9 pm
Klein United Methodist Church in Room #134.
5920 FM 2920 at Kuykendahl
Spring, TX 77388
LATCH is a family support group in the NW Houston area (Spring, Woodlands, Tomball) for parents homeschooling children with special needs. Their purpose is to provide a place for parents and professionals to share educational and community resources, to provide support, and provide our children with learning and social opportunities through field trips and monthly activity days. Contact: Laura Urrutia at Note: Childcare is not provided.

Learning Adventures of Fort Bend (LAF)
Serving Fort Bend county, including Sugar Land, Missouri City, Richmond, Rosenberg, and surrounding Houston areas
LAF is a member-led, inclusive support network of homeschool parents sharing their talents and energies in a cooperative environment. LAF meets regularly for the purpose of providing fun and creative activities for our children.


New Beginnings
Locations in Dallas East, Gulf Coast-Webster, and The Woodlands
Contact: Tina Robertson or Kelley Williams

Phone: (832) 754-7927 or (281) 354-0881
New Beginnings was formed by veteran homeschoolers who have several years assisting, guiding and supporting new or struggling homeschoolers. Monthly workshops address all of the above issues as well as other significant concerns that you may find in your homeschool journey.

Serving The Woodlands, Magnolia, and Spring areas
Just starting the Fall of 2011, we are a new, very informal social group for children and teens who are home schooled or for anyone wanting to make new friends! Weekly activities, park days, field trips, holiday parties, and more!

Southeast Texas Home School Association (SETHSA)/ T.H.E. Regional Organization for SE Texas, Cultivating the Grass Roots of Home Education/Greater Houston Area Home Educators
10592-A Fuqua #503, Houston, TX 77089
Phone: (281) 756-9792
Fax: (281) 655-0963

Teach Me In Autism – Autism Support Services for those with “non-verbal” family members
Gina Mouser, Autism Consultant/therapist
Innovative Teaching Techniques

  • Original Educational Materials
  • Customized Communication and Language support programs
  • Dynavox and Proloquo2go Design and Configuration
  • Serving people with autism and especially "non-verbal" children, teens, and adults.

Texas Home School Coalition

Texas Homeschool Groups Listing:

Helpful new-to-homeschooling links:

Helpful links to curriculum suppliers:

  • The Homeschool Store (More than one hundred bookcases of used books and curriculum. Including Bob Jones, Abeka, Saxon, Apologia, Alpha Omega, and many, many more)


Tutoring & Educational Organizations (academic – logic, reasoning and critical thinking therapy):

Brite Success LLC
Susan C. Aulbach, manager of social media
3007 Woodland Hills Drive, #234
Kingwood, TX 77339
BRITE Success LLC, is an acronym for Behavior, Readiness, Intervention, Training for Education Success.
BRITE Success LLC focuses on providing services consumers with developmental disabilities and ASD, families and professionals, developing programs, and teaching individuals of all ages using interventions that provide communication skills, behavioral skills and readiness skills that are essential for independence. Another program, Social Connextions provides a safe place to develop the tools for lifelong community relationships. Curriculum created and supervised by BCBAs allows individuals to learn social skills within a group setting and practice those skills through role playing video modeling and teamwork. Clients learn community skills like restaurant etiquette, personal hygiene, independent living skills structure, and how to create and maintain friendships—contact Dana Harris

ClubZ! Tutoring
Bill Leary, Area Director/Owner
Serving Houston and surrounding area. Services include; all subjects, preK-adult, LD/ADD, TAKS/SAT/ACT prep, in-home one-on-one, qualified teachers.
 Club Z! is an approved supplemental educational services (SES) provider in over 40 states. Under the No Child Left Behind Act, Club Z! provides FREE one-on-one or small group tutoring lessons to eligible students at locations such as libraries, community centers, churches, schools, or other convenient sites. If your child qualifies for free or reduced lunch, and attends an under-performing school, he or she may be eligible for FREE tutoring! To find out if your child is eligible, contact your school today and tell them you want Club Z!

Educere Tutoring of Houston
Ed McCullough
9039 Katy Freeway, Suite 302
Houston, Texas 77024
We help your child with review and reinforce concepts from the previous academic year. Grade Restoration: If you reside in Spring Branch ISD, we provide a grade restoration program for Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II as an alternative if the student received a D in the course. Courses Offered: Full courses or spot tutoring in all regular academic courses, as well as some others.  Special Education Rights Advocacy help with:
Referrals to psychologists for initial/ongoing educational diagnosis.

  • Assistance in preparing specific goals, strategies, and accommodations for the child (IEP’s or 504 plans).
  • Attending ARD or 504 meetings with school personnel to put an IEP or 504 plan into place.
  • Coaching students and parents on compensating skills that help minimize the impact of ADD/ADHD on academic success.
  • Ongoing one-on-one tutoring to help the student stay on top of his/her classes, and work with tutors who have experience with ADHD/ADD
  • Developing strategies to ensure the school district personnel (teachers, aides, etc) have the qualifications they are legally required to have.
  • Assistance with Due Process hearings, and 504 complaints. 

Evidence-Based Practices for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism Internet Modules:
Autism Training Online:
Evidence-Based Practice Briefs:
Texas Autism Resource Guide for Effective Teaching:

Huntington Learning Center
3700 S Mason Road
Katy, Texas 77450

Katy Scholars, Inc.
Eileen Pavlovich, Ph.D, Director
Villagio Town Center
22756 Westheimer Parkway at Peek Road
Katy, TX 77450
They have developed programs that utilize the best in instructional practices, counseling strategies and parent-school-Katy Scholars partnerships that have been shown to develop the skills needed for students to succeed in their current studies and for the rest of their academic careers. Some students have special needs that make learning more difficult.  Katy Scholars constructs and adapts programs for a wide range of learning styles and disabilities. Katy Scholars offers a variety of custom-designed programs to meet the needs of every student. Meeting individual needs is key to student success.

Learning Rx – Katy
David Midkiff, Executive Director
24124 Cinco Ranch Center Blvd., Suite 220
Katy, TX 77494
Brain training center. Provides testing and customized, 1-on-1 cognitive skills training. The training is built from a tested & proven set of cognitive skills training exercises that improve Processing Speed, Visual Processing, Logic and Reasoning, Working Memory, Long-term Memory, Attention, and basic Auditory Processing skills.

Neuhaus Education Center
4433 Bissonnet
Bellaire, Texas 77401
They are a nonprofit educational foundation dedicated to the prevention of reading failure. Neuhaus provides research-based training and support to educators, supplies information and resources to families, and offers direct services to adult learners. Dyslexia is neurological in origin, it is a condition that an individual will always have; but research has shown that early intervention is the best way to prevent or minimize reading problems. Keep in mind that individuals with dyslexia often have outstanding strengths in areas other than academics; therefore, your child has endless potential!

Staying Ahead of the Game
Evan L. Weinberger
Founder & Head Coach
5116 Bissonnet, #453
Houston, TX 77401
We offer unique and one-of-a-kind services helping students, even those struggling with motivation and/or learning differences, to succeed in academia and beyond through the development of essential life skills. Our professional coaches help students master such life skills as organization, time-management, study skills, and communication/social skills.

Teach Me In Autism – Autism Support Services for those with “non-verbal” family members
Gina Mouser, Autism Consultant/therapist Teaching Techniques

  • Original Educational Materials
  • Customized Communication and Language support programs
  • Dynavox and Proloquo2go Design and Configuration
  • Serving people with autism and especially "non-verbal" children, teens, and adults.


Terrific Tutors

Beth Smith, owner and former first grade teacher

Katy/Houston Area 281-206-4127


Personalized education and academic success. They work with typical and non-typically developing students, pre-k through 12th grade. They have been working with families that have children with special needs including those on the autism spectrum. Terrific Tutors has certified teachers as tutors that can work with students of all abilities, and at all levels. They carefully match each student with a teacher/tutor that can directly meet those needs. They will either come to your home or meet you in a public location for tutoring. Services offered: Reading Instruction, Writing Instruction, Comprehension Skills, Math Instruction, Science Instruction, Social Studies Instruction, Test Preparations, Home Bound Education, Home schooling support.

Texas Special Kids. A non-profit group that helps parents home-school their special needs kiddos. They will talk with you and help you get the ball rolling. They are a non-profit ministry and accepts financial support, but do not require it. Texas' Special Kids Ministry offers curriculum advice & support for your home school setting. They offer experience with a wide variety of curriculum choices and can tailor advice based on your child's learning style & needs.

The Center for Assisted Learning
9800 Northwest Freeway, Suite 505 
Houston, TX 77092
They have expertise in helping students with Dyslexia and ADHD, who tend to have auditory and tactile learning styles. They create a customized program for your learner by: assessing the learner’s abilities and academic skills, identifying tolerance for staying on task, determining how personality influences learning, and obtaining information and feedback from other professionals involved in the learner’s education. Sessions can be held in their offices, at your home, at the student's school or at a local library. 

The Memorial Education and Tutoring / Memorial Private High School 
14333 Fern Drive
Houston, TX 77079, 281-759-2288
The MET (Memorial Education and Tutoring) is an afternoon and evening tutoring division of MPHS.

Thinkers Education Center
10190 Katy Freeway, Suite 228
Houston, Texas 77043

Specializes in the following: tutoring students with disabilities, reading therapy, cognition training, interactive metronome, visual and auditory processing issues, and critical thinking. daily schedule. Classes are from 9am to 2pm Tuesday through Friday. As always Math, Reading, and Language Arts will be taught individually. Science, Social Studies, Art, and Gym are group classes. Objectives addressed for each class will be aligned with grade level TEKS for each student.

Tutoring Center
3361 Westpark Drive
Houston, TX 77005

We have a unique system of delivery that helps children increase their concentration, attention span, and focus while strengthening their academic skills.  We work with students who have dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, and learning disabilities.

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