When I started searching for schools for my children, I was uneasy. I felt like there was no place for my oldest. I looked into public schools and they wanted me to drop him off at school for 6 hours a day. So for 6 hours my non-verbal 6 year-old would have to fend for himself. Absolutely not!Krys T.
I looked into Autism Academies. There was one across the street from our home. We could hardly afford it, It seemed perfect. But they told me my son is too “severe” and they are not a good fit for him. I felt like they judged him before they got to know him. My son is non-verbal and is on the spectrum but he is pretty much neurotypical, the only thing he can not do is talk. He is a sweet and sensitive boy.
I found American Family Education (AFE) at the end of 2019. My oldest and my second son are about the same age so they are in the same class. It gives me great comfort to know my boys are together. I am glad my oldest has a place for him. (When he did attend the developmental preschool at a public school he learned bad habits such as hitting himself when got upset. At AFE he is just one of the happy energetic kids.)
I had the hardest time letting him go. The director let me attend a couple of classes with him until I felt comfortable enough he was going to be okay. My worries eased when his younger brother joined his class. I know my boys are in good hands.
I believe American Family is the future of education. My boys attend the core classes (Math, Science, Grammar etc.). AFE has electives as well and I will be enrolling them as soon as they mature as they can be a bit of a handful. Right now I do take them to Karate, Parkour, and Code Ninjas for their off campus electives.
American Family is unlike any school. They encourage parents to be active participants in their children’s education and development. They represented the values I wanted to instill in my children. I have two boys that attend American Family Education and they are incredibly happy.