Developing Innovative Opportunities for Students

Gompers Private School

Gompers Private School (GPS) provides a customized academic and life skill education for children with multiple disabilities including: Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Emotional Disabilities and Intellectual Disabilities. Our instructional program uses research based instructional methods, supported by Assistive Technology and community based instruction, and offers the potential for post-graduation transition into employment training or a Day Training for Adults program.

Our programming is built on a strong foundation of Four Pillars

Research Based Curriculum

GPS students are provided with a variety of resources adapted to support direct instruction utilizing Unique Learning Systems®, a comprehensive and multi level Web based educational system. Based on the student’s abilities, an individualized curriculum is created to meet desired educational outcomes. Classroom learning takes place in a structured environment designed to increase independence, where a highly-trained staff offer continuous reinforcement using a Structured Teaching Model (STM).

Assistive Technology

With a strong focus on increased communication and independence, our Assistive Technology (AT) Specialist ensures that our students and staff have the resources, training and support to enhance learning opportunities. Using a collaborative team approach responsible for assessing how technology can help overcome barriers and lead to success in reaching educational goals, GPS provides technological supports that empower our students to learn, read, use the computer and interact successfully with others.

Community-Based Instruction

Community based instruction provides students safe opportunities to increase confidence, practice appropriate behavior and grow more independent. It also allows the community to become more inclusive of people with disabilities. For example, community based instruction allows students to experience real life settings such as public transportation, grocery shopping, visiting museums and most importantly learning safety out in the community.

Transitioning Into Adulthood

Planning for transition to adulthood is essential for students entering high school. Our staff assesses each student’s strengths and abilities to ensure the highest possible level of independence. Students are able to practice employment skills by using a variety of visual and technical strategies within a Structured Teaching Method (STM). Adaptive and instructional skills are assessed throughout the academic year to ensure that each student has a post-high school transition plan.

Fox10’s TyPad: Gompers Pens helping students with disabilities

FOX 10’s Ty Brennan recently visited Gompers Private School to talk about its new Reader Pens and how its changing the lives of its students. The Reader Pens allows students with disabilities to read anything from books, menues to package instructions and playground signs, giving them another opportunity to achieve independence. Click here to watch […]

Outstanding Educator Award Winner Luz Rodriguez!

Gompers Private School is thrilled to announce that Luz Rodriguez, special education teacher, and transition specialist, was named Phoenix Mayor’s Commission on Disability Issues Outstanding Educator for 2017. This recognition highlights Ms. Rodriguez’s years of services in the classroom and in the community working for Phoenix District 7. Luz is a phenomenal teacher who believes […]

Gompers Rocks Core Words

Gompers Private School Assistive Technology (AT) team kicked off the school year with a core word of the week program called: Gompers Rocks Core. Core words are the 50-400 words that make up most of what we say in typical conversation and writing. By giving emergent speakers and AAC learners quick access to these core […]