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ASD Nest Progam



The Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) NEST program is a specialized program that serves students with autism in a classroom with general education students. Our NEST classrooms are small and taught utilizing the Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) model (with one special education teacher and one general education teacher). 


Students with ASD are recognized as fully contributing members of the class and school community. Families provide invaluable knowledge about their children and benefit from support from the school and program. In addition, staff utilizes students’ strengths to support them in areas of challenge.


 All classes implement a distinct set of practices to best support learners with ASD.

  • Social, sensory, behavioral, and academic supports
  • Class-wide and individualized strategies 




 The core belief of this program is that, by giving students on the autism spectrum a chance to pursue their interests as they engage with peers in the engineering design process, they will develop confidence in their abilities, awareness, and motivation to pursue higher education and careers in engineering and design. The IDEAS Maker Program takes participants through the engineering design process (EDP) multiple

 times, first by doing hands-on skill-building activities and then by applying those skills to create their 3D design project from

 ideation to fabrication.




The structure of our ASD Nest program benefits all our students.  Academics remain rigorous but are now also more layered as the entire community practices the value that every student is unique and receives the services they need.