Applicants for Tampa should follow the steps below.
Step 1 - Submit the student’s IEP (Individualized Education Plan) by email or mail to:
Florida Autism Center of Excellence (FACE)
Attn: ESE Specialist
6400 E. Chelsea St.
Tampa, FL 33610
Step 2 – FACE will review the IEP to determine eligibility and class placement based on the student’s age and needs. Please allow one (1) week to hear if your child has been accepted to the school.
Step 3 – If your child is accepted and there is an opening in the appropriate class, FACE will notify you and schedule a tour. If your child is eligible, but there is not a classroom opening, FACE will notify you and place your child on a wait list.
Step 4 – Once a student is accepted, his or her legal parent(s) or guardian(s) must fill out and complete the student application forms and submit it to FACE for approval. FACE administrators will then review the documents and contact parents to arrange a start date if applicable.
Upon arriving at FACE, the new student will be evaluated and will be placed into one of the three curriculum tracks available at FACE for a two-week assessment: (1) Academic track (2) transition track or (3) intervention track. Regardless of which track they pursue, students are grouped in classrooms by ability levels and are placed with other children who are around the same age.
The academic track is a more mainstream curriculum that focuses on academics and exercises found in a typical classroom, structured to fit the needs of the students and their IEP guidelines. In this classroom, there are at most 12 students with a teacher and teacher’s assistant, giving it a 6:1 student-teacher ratio.
The transition track is a class in need of a functional academic curriculum that is integrated with the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards Access Points. The goal is to have our students be as independent as possible at home, school, and the community. In this classroom, there are at most 10 students with a teacher and teacher’s assistant, giving it a 5:1 student-teacher ratio.
The intervention track is a hands-on experience for students where increasing independence and skill training is emphasized. Students receive intense instruction in self-care, daily living skills, vocational skills and social skills. The classroom consists of a total of six students with a teacher and a teacher’s assistant, enabling an overall 3:1 student-teacher ratio.
Based on each individual student’s progress, the student is re-evaluated to assess track placement and their chances for succeeding or struggling. At that time, the student may be moved to a different curriculum track if required to ensure that their program will meet their individual needs and goals.