Cupertino Academy

Cupertino Academy is a Private Day School for students on the spectrum.  It features professional training, therapeutic services, parental support, client advocacy and a cutting edge private school for students who are neuro divergent grades K-12.  It is the only school in the Verde Valley located in Cottonwood, Arizona that specializes in Autism.  We utilize RDI principles and sensory integration techniques. We concentrate on teaching life and transition to employment skills.



Cupertino Academy was created out of recognition of the difficulties persons with Autism face in acquiring academic knowledge, social and life skills, as well as learning to communicate and self-regulate.

With the caveat: ”all persons are unique,” there is no road map or instruction manual that parents, siblings, educators, caregivers, professionals-including Doctors, nurses, EMTs and police can use that allows communication and cooperation to occur.

Based on these premises, Cupertino Academy was created as a 501-c3 non-profit organization to give the individual with a disability, their families, services providers and the community at large, a resource center that provides:

  1. A School
  2. Therapists
  3. An advocacy/tutoring agency
  4. Training and resources
  5. Ongoing development or acquisition of any other resource our customers need to foster their independence and integration into their social environments.
Physical Therapy

Leap of Faith Learning

At Leap of Faith Learning (LOFL) we know that every child is made in God’s image with unique and wonderful gifts. Our mission is “to unlock the potential of every child with special needs through assessment, advocacy, and remediation and by sharing God’s message of hope for their future.” LOFL provides neuropsychological evaluations through selected providers. Through workshops and training, parents learn how to advocate for their children and secure the services necessary for their success. To supplement and enhance these services, LOFL has a highly trained staff of tutors to help every child reach their full potential. Find out more at



We strive to expose students to an age appropriate curriculum, both functionally and academically.

We teach student and families to communicate with a total communication system.

We teach students to to accept and provide sensory supports to increase independent functional movement, including communication, in their everyday lives.

We support families and community members to understand and implement communication and sensory supports for individuals with Autism.

Upcoming Classes and Events

We offer a whole array of special events ranging from classes for students, resources events for parents and field trips.  Below you’ll find a few things that are coming up.

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“Not being able to speak is not the same thing as having nothing to say” 

– Rosemary Crossley


Institute for Better Education

Tax Credit Donation

The Institute for Better Education (IBE) is  committed to removing any financial obstacles that stand in a family’s way of providing K-12 education for their children and their unique needs.  Find out more at

Arizona Leadership Foundation

Support Us

The Arizona Leadership Foundation proudly provides scholarship assistance to private schools and Lexie’s Law schools throughout Arizona with no preference to religious or political affiliation. Find out more at


Catholic Tuition Service Organization

Support Us Through CTSO

Catholic Tuition Support Organization (CTSO) supports the students of our Catholic Schools.

Find out more HERE.