Y.A.L.E. School Philadelphia Programs

Preparing students in kindergarten through grade 12 for the years ahead!

Every student of every age deserves an education infused with dignity, challenge, and opportunity.

Y.A.L.E. School Philadelphia provides a warm and welcoming community for students with autism and related abilities that develops and strengthens their interests and abilities. We offer learning opportunities for students in grades K-12, with an option for students ages 18-21 to continue with us in our program for young adults.

Students come to Y.A.L.E. with a wide range of abilities and aspirations, and one or more clinical diagnoses such as autism spectrum disorder, social communication disorder, executive functioning or social competency differences, anxiety disorders, or other learning differences.

Recognizing that every one of our students is unique, we offer individualized, comprehensive, evidence-based intervention and instruction provided by compassionate, well-trained professionals committed to students’ individual progress and well-being.

Elementary School

Our youngest students enjoy an individualized, challenging, and creative curriculum that encourages progress. Most Y.A.L.E. Philadelphia classrooms enjoy a staff-to-student ratio of 8:1, with no classroom exceeding 12:1, allowing for each student to thrive under individual attention at every age. Through individualized educational plans (IEPs), students work at a pace that fits their specific goals.

We proudly provide students:

  • Flexibility to exercise choice and creativity in order to develop the personal learning style that fits their needs, guided by our skilled educators and staff
  • Proactive instructional strategies that address multiple learning styles, processing difficulties, and/or academic and social deficits so all students can benefit from grade level standards
  • Educators that follow the principles and practices of Universal Design for Learning, with teachers creating lesson plans based on individual interests, needs, and abilities
  • Material presented in various formats, and multiple opportunities for students to express what they have learned

Middle School

As students grow, acquiring verbal and non-verbal social skills becomes even more important. With social skills instruction throughout all classes, group projects and community-based instruction, as well as weekly social classes that provide skills instruction, students learn and practice social abilities.

We proudly provide students:

  • A safe and secure learning environment so students can prepare to effectively navigate the world around them
  • Social skills remediation and instruction, with an effective curriculum including lessons on perspective taking, rigidity, reciprocity, reading social cues, concrete thinking, perseverative interests, adapting to changing circumstances, and more
  • A peer-mentoring program with a nearby school, where mentors implement collaborative service-learning projects and build shared experiences through community-based instruction
  • Transition-based programming, including training in self-advocacy, self-determination, and self-knowledge

High School & Beyond

At age 14, students may continue at Y.A.L.E. School Philadelphia if they require more intense functional skills training and language development. Our high school program provides continuing face-to-face instruction for students ages 15-21 with autism, intellectual, and developmental disabilities.

We proudly provide students:

  • An individualized education with small class sizes focused on readying students for the transition to adulthood
  • Evidence-based curriculum and versatile teaching methods, such as TouchMath, Handwriting Without Tears, and digital tablets equipped with PRC-Saltillo LAMP Words for Life and Unity, as well as Toca Boca for functional skills
  • Enrichment opportunities that feature experiential, community-based learning and provide avenues for all forms of self-expression through digital technology, art, and music
  • Social skills development through weekly class instruction and integrated practice throughout the day based on Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking approach
  • Highly certified staff including compassionate teachers, classroom aides, occupational therapists, speech therapists, physical therapists, and counselors
  • Daily written communications for parents/guardians from teachers, as well as frequent scheduled phone calls and quarterly written IEP progress reports
  • Instruction and experiences expand in the 18–21 years to emphasize functional living skills and work readiness, concentrating on practical academics, self-care and self-advocacy, home tasks, soft skills for employment in simulated work experiences, and participating in work-based learning in the community to gain marketable, transferable skills when ready

Rolling Admissions

Our programs accept applications all year long, so new students may transfer to Y.A.L.E. School any time.

Y.A.L.E. School Philadelphia is part of a network of Y.A.L.E. schools with campuses across the Southern New Jersey region.

Many of our 8th grade students from Y.A.L.E. Philadelphia graduate and move on to our New Jersey high school programs and options for those ages 18 – 21 – find out more about our NJ programs here.