Meet Jaxon, an 8th grade student at PS Academy in Gilbert, AZ. This is his second year at the school and the transition has been like night and day according to his mom, Renee. Jaxon was diagnosed toward the end of fourth grade with Tourette’s Syndrome. At his previous school, the staff didn’t know how to handle his disability or work with him and sadly, he was bullied. His mom went online to try to find a school where they were better equipped to understand the complexities of his condition. She found PS Academy. After a tour and careful consideration, they decided it was the school for Jaxon.
The learning environment at PS Academy is much better for Jaxon. Renee explained he went from failing classes at his previous school, to being at or above grade level at PS Academy. Jaxon now loves math, which had always been one of his hardest subjects previously.
In addition, Jaxon is a Student Ambassador and he enjoys being able to help other students and staff on campus. Student Ambassadors are a small group of 10-12 students who have been recommended by their teachers to promote PS Academy in a variety of ways. These students are chosen to participate in the program by administration because they have proven to be positive, responsible, and respectful students.
Jaxon has his sights set on going to ASU for college to study to be a Hardware Technician. In Jaxon’s free time, he enjoys video games. He also helps his mom around the house by doing various chores including the dishes.
The family said that the scholarships they have received from the Arizona Leadership Foundation have helped them continue Jaxon’s education at PS Academy and without it they could not afford to send him there. The family has six children and with Jaxon’s condition there has been a lot of medical expenses for his various doctor’s appointments and treatments. They are thankful they found PS Academy and for the financial support from the Arizona Leadership Foundation which has made this possible.
About PS Academy:
PS Academy is a private K-12 school for students with autism and other exceptionalities, offering an environment where students are set up for a lifetime of success. Programs are customized to meet the student’s specific needs. This includes offering over twenty electives and clubs like rocketry, fashion design, sign language, digital animation, girl power to name a few. They have a new 30,000 square foot state-of-the-art campus with Tech Lab, Custom Kitchen, Studio Apartment, and more!