Academy Overview

Intermountain Academy’s autism specialists motivate children to love learning, make friends, and grow their independence.


Intermountain Centers for Human Development’s Intermountain Academy offers the greater Tucson community a positive teaching environment for youth with specialized needs – a school that builds on each individual child’s strengths and interests. The Academy currently supports children with Autism (grades K-12) with provision of measurable academic achievement following an Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) model.

Building on 40 years of experience in providing positive behavioral supports, the Intermountain Academy provides:

  • Classroom Instruction
  • Transition/Integration Support Between Referred Students and Their Home School
  • Opportunities for Accelerated Curriculum
  • Behavior Assessment and Behavior Intervention Plan Development
  • Monitoring IEP and Reporting Goal Progress Back to the Home School

Tuition funding accepted from Southern Arizona public school districts and/or private pay by individuals. Disabled/Displaced and Low Income scholarships are available through the Arizona Department of Education and the Arizona Leadership Foundation, serving as a conduit for GEICO Scholarship Funds.

The Intermountain Academy curriculum:

  • Utilizes positive behavioral support,
  • Maximizes measurable academic achievement in core subject areas – math, science, language arts, social studies, and the arts;
  • Is created for each student individually because of the school’s small student/faculty ratio;
  • Offers educational material in graduated sequences;
  • Is delivered by faculty well-trained in an empirical behavioral model, utilizing positive behavior support, emphasizing the concepts of programmed learning;
  • Includes educational and vocational opportunities in the Tucson community at-large;
  • Is project-based and experiential, utilizing peer teaching, family support and participation, and community resources;
  • Supports positive replacement behaviors for anti-social and other behaviors which interfere with learning; and
  • Meets the State and Federal Standards of Instructions and provides annual standardized testing, including AIMS.

The Intermountain Academy takes a “whole child” approach to developing functional skills and building independence across environments. Partnering with parents and creating a cohesive team around each child is a central feature of our educational design.

Using positive behavior supports builds student self-confidence and creates an environment of both motivation and challenge. At the Academy, educational skills and behaviors are tracked daily and the information is shared with parents and members of the child’s team, facilitating creation of an adaptable Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) as the student progresses throughout the school year.
One of the educational goals is to facilitate the use of all forms of language and communication. The classrooms can accommodate the use of and teaching with augmentative communication devices, when needed. The Academy supports Intermountain’s core values by serving children and youth with specialized educational needs.

Intermountain Academy provides a specialized educational opportunity for children with a primary diagnosis of autism, but we also serve families by making our innovative programming available to individuals that might not otherwise be able to afford it.

Intermountain Academy

1100 W. Fresno Street

Tucson, AZ 85745-2711
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.