Arizona Autism Charter Schools, Inc. (AZACS) is the first and only tuition-free, public charter network in Arizona focused on the educational needs of students with autism. The charter’s primary focus is to use the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to support students’ behavioral needs and help them access state instructional standards to the best of their ability. AZACS also uses STEAM and project based learning to help students apply foundational skills into project that are of high interest to them. AZACS was unanimously approved to serve grades K-12 grade by the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools. AZACS is serving families with two campuses in Central Phoenix, a campus in the West Valley, our Tucson Upper Campus and a fully accredited online school. Our one-of-kind charter network has been recognized nationally for excellence and innovation, winning the prestigious Yass Prize in 2022!

Mission Statement

The mission of the Arizona Autism Charter Schools, Inc. is to educate students with autism and other neurodiversities using evidence-based strategies grounded in the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). This educational model will be delivered by highly trained teachers and staff. Our goal is to make this high quality, specialized education accessible to students with autism in the Phoenix Metropolitan area and beyond. 

Our Vision

Students will be empowered to reach their full potential in motivating, compassionate environments using individualized programs so that every child gains the skills to integrate into the community and become a fulfilled, productive citizen.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement

All individuals are welcome at Arizona Autism Charter Schools, regardless of race, color, age, national origin, sex, transgender status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, religion, disability, genetic information, marital status, political affiliation or parental status. Diversity not only complements our organizational values of teamwork, leadership, empowerment, and service quality, but also encompasses the way we work, the work environment, and respect for all people and their ideas.

Title IX Coordinator, Susan Contino at scontino@autismcharter.org

Title IX Policy

Title IX Complaint Form

Executive Leadership

Arizona Autism Charter Schools Board of Directors

Board President

Keisha McKinnor, Thrive Community Services, Inc.

Board Treasurer

Paul Pucino, Chief Financial Officer and Financial Advisor

Board Secretary

Ron Harrison, Salt River Project (SRP), AZACS Parent

Board Directors

Ross Meyer, DevWerks, Inc., AZACS Parent
Kerrie Mallory-Thompson, Empowered Prints, AZACS Parent
Matthew Simon, Associate VP, State and Federal Relations, ASU

Arizona Autism Charter Schools Inc. is governed by the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools. Click here for the school’s financial, operational and academic dashboards.