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Independent Learner Communities


In addition to providing educational services to children severely impacted by autism, Faison also educates children who are studying at grade level. Our “Independent Learner” students possess the skills necessary to learn just like their public school peers. However, these students would struggle to succeed in the public school setting without Faison's assistance and approach. At our Independent Learning Center, their education will be accelerated exponentially. 



Emergent Independent Learner Community

The Emergent Independent Learner Community program is specially catered towards students who require more support but still want to excel in their studies. With a focus on core academics, this program is distinct from our Upper School program and is tailored to the needs of students with similar profiles, but require more intensive behavioral or academic support than those enrolled in our accelerated independent learner community.

Accelerated Independent Learner Community

Accommodating students up to age 22, the Accelerated Independent Learner program is closest to grade level. The program is more academically rigorous than some of The Faison Center’s other programs, as it helps prepare students for community college or a four-year college degree program. The Accelerated Independent Learner Community serves students who are performing at or near grade level in one or more core curriculum areas.


Schedule and Location

Both of the Independent Learner programs at The Faison Center are open year-round, Monday through Friday from 8:15am until 2:15pm. The independent learner communities are in the main school building at 5311 Markel Rd, Richmond, VA.

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