Exceptional Education for Your Exceptional Child

Potential Development provides individualized instruction combined with helping students gain social, communication, adaptive and life skills. We structure your student’s day with these goals in mind.

Preschool

Age: 2½-6

Monday-Friday 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Students who begin their educational journey and therapy early are proven to make the most long-term progress. We serve as a resource for parents learning to care for a child with special needs.

Because every child learns differently, Potential Development offers your child individualized learning opportunities.  We use the Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH) Method, which encourages an environment with visual schedules, work and play areas, and organizational systems to promote learning. Through this approach, we encourage meaningful engagement, flexibility and independence.

Potential Development Preschools Offer:

  • Step Up To Quality 5 Star Rating
  • Low Teacher to Student Ratio
  • On-Site Occupational, Physical & Speech Therapy Services
  • Sensory Room
  • Indoor/Outdoor Recreation Area
  • Gymsters
  • SMART Beats Program

Elementary and Middle School

Grades: K-6

Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 2:30 pm

Our comprehensive K-6 program provides individualized instruction by a team of experts to ensure all students reach their full potential. We use the Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH) method, which focuses on structured teaching, highly visual planning and organization strategies, and predictable environments to help leaners on the autism spectrum to become more independent.

At the same time, our school exposes the student to the Common Core Academic Standards for language arts, math, science, and social studies. Report cards are issued quarterly to reflect student progress in each subject area.

In addition to academic instruction, we help students develop social, communication, adaptive and life skills, and we offer physical, occupational and speech therapy for students who qualify.

Students in grades 3-6 will participate in the Ohio Achievement Assessment or Alternate Assessment as designated by their Individualized Education Plans. Students also participate in the Terra Nova assessment in grades K-6 in September of each year to show learning growth in the content areas.

Potential Development Elementary & Middle School offers:

  • Low Teacher to Student Ratio
  • On-Site Occupational, Physical & Speech Therapy Services
  • Sensory Rooms
  • SmartBoard, Chrome Books & iPad Technology
  • Like Skills Enrichment Program
  • SMART Beats Program
  • Gymsters
  • Special Olympics Program
  • Indoor/Outdoor Recreational Areas

High School

Grades: 7-12 (up to age 22)

Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 2:30 pm

Potential Development students can earn a high school diploma while learning employment and life skills necessary to grow into independent young adults.  We use the Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH) method, which focuses on structured teaching, highly visual planning and organization strategies and predictable environments to help leaners on the autism spectrum to become more independent.

At the same time, our school exposes the student to the Common Core Academic Standards for language arts, math, science, and social studies. To prepare students for life after high school, we help them examine career possibilities and offer exploratory visits to several employers and agencies.

As a charter non-public school, students at PDHS can earn their high school diploma via multiple pathways, including accumulating 20 high school units and passing the five parts of the Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT) with or without accommodations, completing a standards-based Individual Education Plan and taking the OGT alternate assessment, and various other derivatives of these pathways.

Additionally, PDHS administration and staff assist students and their parents or guardians in navigating the ever-changing graduation requirements in Ohio for students with disabilities.

Potential Development High School offers:

  • Low Teacher to Student Ratio
  • On-Site Occupational, Physical & Speech Therapy Services
  • Sensory Rooms
  • SmartBoard, Chrome Books & iPad Technology
  • Fitness Center & Model Apartment
  • Workforce Development Program
  • Student Operated Retail Store
  • Science Lab
  • Special Olympics Program
  • Student Counseling Services
  • Weekly Parent Group Meetings