At a Glance

The Center for Autism is a specialized educational program which serves the public school divisions of Gloucester County, Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg/James City County, and York County. The six school divisions, each by formal resolution, have organized a joint board of control to administer and operate a variety of programs on a contractual cost sharing basis. The Center for Autism has three campuses:  elementary students attend programming in our wing at Kiln Creek Elementary School in Newport News, middle school students are served at our Yorktown Middle School campus in York County, and adolescent and young adult programs are located at our Woodside Lane Campus in Newport News. Students at all campuses have an opportunity to interact and participate with peers in general education settings.

The Center for Autism offers highly individualized programming for students age five through 21. The program addresses each student's needs in a structured, small group learning environment. In order to provide an effective educational program, a number of factors are considered:

  1. the multifaceted needs of students with autism;
  2. the needs of parents;
  3. the need for pragmatic program approaches;
  4. the consideration of ecological factors;
  5. the need for placement in the least restrictive environment;
  6. the use of age-appropriate activities and curricula;
  7. the application of functional curricula by skilled staff

We believe that all children with autism can learn.  We utilize educational strategies, evaluation, and multidisciplinary team input to develop and implement individualized educational programs that are unique to each student’s learning styles and needs. Our programs build skills and independence so our students can enjoy a high quality of life and become productive members of their community.

Student Hours: Kiln Creek and Yorktown Middle School campuses: 8:15 a.m. to 1:55 p.m.
Woodside Lane campus: 7:55 a.m. to 1:46 p.m.

Office Hours: Kiln Creek and Yorktown Middle School campuses: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Woodside Lane campus: 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

School Calendar

School bus transportation to the Center for Autism is provided by the studentís school division.

Breakfast and lunch are available. The cost of meals varies based on student age and campus. Free and reduced meal services are available for eligible students.