What kind of school is Rockwood Prep?
Rockwood Prep is a private school in the San Tan Valley, that was created to benefit special needs children of all learning abilities. Like public and charter schools, we cannot discriminate by race, gender, religion, or disability.
What types of disabilities do you assist currently?
Our main focus is on children who face challenges associated with dyslexia, ADHD, Asperger’s, and other autism spectrum disorders, along with children who have mild learning disabilities.
Why did you start this alternative learning school?
Although there are many public and charter schools in Arizona, demand for high-quality school options, especially for children with learning disabilities, is severely limited. At Rockwood Prep we are looking to improve education as a whole while bringing innovative teaching methods and modalities to the special needs community.
How do you know if a child with disabilities will require a specialized education?
There is a series of assessments that are administered to children to determine levels of need and suitable educational, behavioral, and emotional solutions to help him/her grow and progress in a positive way. Our first clue that a child needs an alternative education comes from parents. They know that something is not right and can see that their child is not adapting or thriving in a mainstream school setting.
Wouldn’t it be better for a special needs child to integrate into a traditional charter or public school environment?
Children with special needs are incredibly bright, they just learn differently than the current, sometimes outdated way of teaching currently upheld in many mainstream schools. Plus, parents are typically looking to take advantage of Rockwood Preparatory Academy’s unique mentorship program and hands-on approach to education. Rockwood Prep focuses on meeting individual student needs through innovation, active community participation, and parental involvement.