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SARRC’s Community School Opens Third Classroom

Community School Tempe Expansion blog post

Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center’s (SARRC) Community School celebrated the opening of an additional classroom at its Tempe campus on Monday, Aug. 2, which also marked the first day of school for more than 100 students.

“We’re thrilled to have expanded, enabling us to increase the number of treatment spots for children with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in our community along with a great education program for typically developing children,” says SARRC’s Community School Director Rachel McIntosh.

The Community School’s inclusive and innovative model supports students with ASD to better develop vital communication and social skills, and typically developing students benefit from inclusive instruction, accelerating their language and academic skills as well as their compassion for accepting differences among their peers. 

SARRC’s Phoenix campus opened in 2005 and the Tempe campus opened in late 2016 for a total of seven classrooms.

“We’re excited to be able to serve two Valley communities and continue to provide the individualized attention, and an exceptional education and experience to our families,” says McIntosh. “We’ve created this tremendous community of families who call SARRC’s Community School home.”

SARRC is currently enrolling students among both campuses in select classrooms. For families interested in learning more about the Community School, please contact our team at 602.340.8717 ext. 1090 or visit for more information.