Cool School: Banner Children's Academy

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By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Each year, one in 66 kids is diagnosed with Autism.

With the statistics growing, more and more schools in Arizona are catering to students with special needs. One place is Banner Children’s Academy in Tempe and it’s Good Morning Arizona’s Cool School this week.

The private, tuition-based school serves students grades 4th through 12th.

Right now, only a several dozen students are enrolled, but at its new stand-alone building, the school is hoping to grow.

“We focus on serving those that are on the Autism spectrum," Principal Shari Carlsted said. "Those that are high functioning, who have Asperger's. Also the emotionally fragile kids, those kids who suffer from anxiety, depression, maybe mood disorders that affect their ability to learn.”

The school also serves public school districts, who cannot provide the right educational environment for students.

Classes are small with a one-to-six teacher-student ratio.

Banner Children’s Academy is accredited by the North Central Association and approved by the Arizona Department of Education.

If you’d like to find out more information about the school, call (480) 827-5348.