Aurora School provides quality, individualized education for individuals aged 5 to 22 with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Aurora School (Aurora) is a caring, educational community that offers quality education for individuals with disabilities.
Established in 2003 through collaboration between parents and The Arc of Loudoun, Aurora School is a private day school employing applied behavior analysis principles. We offer individualized education for students aged 5 to 22 with intellectual and developmental disabilities, with a focus on autism. Our program encourages personal excellence and independence in each student.
At Aurora, we believe that education is most effective when its application is based on valid research findings from the fields of education and behavior analysis. With this guiding us, our school provides a collaborative, progressive, and innovative learning environment for children of all ages and developmental disabilities.
The cornerstones of our program are positive reinforcement, continuous measurement of learning, and graphic-displayed data analysis. Verbal behavior, social skills, self-management, problem-solving skills, math, and reading are all systematically taught via evidence-based curricula, as well as curricula developed in-house by our teachers and behavior analysts. Teaching practices at Aurora School are derived primarily from the principles and concepts of applied behavior analysis (ABA).
Aurora is a stimulating learning environment for both its students and staff.
Learn about our programs
The Rover Program
The Rover Program is a year-round (twelve-month) program offering a reduced ratio of 1:2 to 1:3 staff-to-student for academically focused students. Rover is designed to expose students with academics in their Individualized Education Plan to an inclusive classroom setting. Wright Cottage provides access for students to learn in a reduced ratio, similar to one they would experience in a public-school setting.
The Atmos Program
Atmos is a year-round (twelve-month) alternative high-school program that primarily serves secondary students preparing for transition to the Launch program. Atmos uses a 1:1 to 1:2 staff-to-student ratio utilizing the ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) methodology to follow the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) and/or ABLLS-R (Revised Assessment of Basic Language and Learning) curricula.
The Orion Program
Orion is a year-round (twelve-month) program that serves elementary-age students (5-13 years old) with the disabilities of autism, developmental delay, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, other health impairment, severe disabilities, speech and language impairment, and traumatic brain injury.
The LAUNCH Program
LAUNCH is a year-round (12-month), alternative high school program that serves secondary students (14-22 years old) with the disabilities of autism, developmental delay, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, other health impairment, severe disabilities, speech language impairment, and traumatic brain injury.
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