About Y.A.L.E. School Philadelphia

Program Overview

Y.A.L.E. School, with nearly 40 years of experience serving students with special needs and disabilities, proudly announces the opening of its newest campus location, Y.A.L.E. School Philadelphia. The Y.A.L.E. School Philadelphia campus is located in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia.

Located in the vibrant community of Manayunk, Y.A.L.E. School Philadelphia provides an environment dedicated to cultivating the strengths, interests, and abilities of students on the autism spectrum and with related differences.

Engaging students in grades K-8, Y.A.L.E. School Philadelphia offers a highly individualized, challenging and creative curriculum for students who are academically capable, but who experience difficulties in their current school environment because of sensory, social competency, executive function, anxiety or learning differences.

Students benefit from best practices including ABA, positive behavior supports, and instruction based on the work of Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking®, the Wilson Reading System®, and early transition planning. Hands-on, project-based learning leverages each student’s interests in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) through classroom and community resources that encourage discovery and exploration.

About our students

Age/grade range:

  • Approximately 5 years to 14 years of age, or grades K-8


  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Social Communication Disorder
  • Executive functioning differences
  • Social competency differences
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Learning differences

Students come to Y.A.L.E. School with a wide range of abilities and aspirations. Many have experienced learning, emotional, and social frustrations in other school settings, at home, and in their communities.

Often, they have one or more clinical diagnoses including anxiety disorder, autism spectrum disorder, and Social Communication Disorder.

While each student is unique, each shares a learning profile with our other students. They require individualized, comprehensive, evidence-based intervention, and a school that is staffed by well-trained professionals who understand and appreciate them, as well as prove deeply committed to students’ individual progress and well-being.

Care Solace Services

Y.A.L.E. School Philadelphia fosters a culture that promotes the health, safety, and well-being of students, parents and staff. To demonstrate our desire to continuously support this commitment, we are pleased to inform you that we have partnered with Care Solace, an online resource with a live 24/7 concierge service designed to assist you in finding local mental health-related programs and counseling services.

2021 – 2022 School Year Calendar

About Jacqueline Turner

Jackie earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and her master’s degree in education with a concentration in applied behavior analysis from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA) and is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International as well as the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts.

Before joining Y.A.L.E. in 2016, Jackie worked in a variety of roles at a large behavioral health provider. Most recently, she oversaw all clinical/behavior analytic services as well as the quality assurance and regulatory aspects at a large residential provider. She has dedicated herself to the continuous improvement and growth of children’s programming through the development of operational systems and staff training.

About Patrick Graham

Mr. Patrick Graham is the education and school director at Y.A.L.E. Philadelphia. Patrick received his Bachelor’s in Elementary and Special Education from St. Joseph’s University in 2015. He also received his Master’s in Education studying special education law, Applied Behavior Analysis, Wilson Language Certification, and Faith Justice Components in education from St. Joseph’s University in 2016. Patrick previously taught at KIPP Philadelphia Elementary Academy while working towards his Master’s Degree in 2016, and since then has been working for Y.A.L.E. Philadelphia.

In 2022, Patrick was named one of Metro Philadelphia’s Education Power Players. His special area of interest is remedial reading instruction, and data-driven instruction for all students.