A Better School
Students exhibiting physical aggression, oppositional defiance, pathological demand avoidance, hyperfixation, meltdowns, anxiety, and similar challenges thrive with our trauma-informed approach to therapeutic education and our rigorous, progressive academics.
EPIC Academy is a K-5 school that opens up a world of possibilities for students with these unique needs and forever changes their life trajectories.
Please note that EPIC Academy is fully enrolled for the 2023-2024 academic year. All newly incoming applicants will be placed on a waitlist should spots become available.
The 2024-2025 application will open in December 2023.
“We feel particularly fortunate that we found EPIC so early in our daughter’s life, when her brain is still so open to learning new things and is able to integrate all of EPIC’s exceptional strategies. We saw amazing leaps in her ability to be flexible, tolerate frustration, identify her emotions and ask for help. We now have a kid who loves school and is learning to generalize all the skills she learned there to the larger world.”
-Parent of a 1st grade student
“My son has been given a home at EPIC. The students are treated with a dignity that I found lacking at his previous schools. He is given a great deal of social and emotional support and has shown growth in his ability to use these skills outside of the classroom.”
-Parent of a 3rd grade student
“EPIC has been a game changer for our family. It’s the only place we found (and we looked!) where they had the thoughtful supports in place to allow our kid to really thrive and learn! Before, so much of school was trying to just get her through the day without too much harm, education itself was an afterthought. Now, she loves going to school, feels safe and is making tremendous progress both academically and emotionally. EPIC is a truly fantastic place and our whole family feels supported.”
-Parent of a kindergarten student
It’s a familiar situation for all of us: A child walks up to us with an unzipped jacket and asks for help getting it closed. Our response to this question is vitally important. Do we save the time and the energy and zip their jacket for them, or do we insist that the child do it themselves?
As someone who prefers words to numbers and is generally disinterested in pie charts, I haven’t always had the most positive relationship with the word “data,” especially as it pertains to education. I associate the term with standardized testing and dry statistics that fail to capture who students really are as learners and human beings. Working at EPIC, however, has changed my relationship to data entirely, because here, it serves a very different purpose, one that is vital to ensuring each unique student is set up for success.
At EPIC, we are committed to empowering families to advocate for the needs of their children and seek reimbursement from the Department of Education for the full cost of our tuition. The origins of this reimbursement process date back to the 1960s, when frustrated parents formed advocacy groups to fight for the right to public education for their children with special needs.