Celebrating 70 Years!
For 70 years, we have been dedicated to unlocking the potential within every student. Here's to the past, present, and future of Potential Development School for Students with Autism!
Congrats to the Class of 2023
At Potential Development, our efforts are centered around equipping our students with the necessary skills, knowledge, and confidence to successfully attain their high school diplomas.
Special Olympics
Potential Development students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports activities including bowling, basketball, track and pep club.
Facially-Expressive Assistive Robots
Potential Development utilizes robots in the classroom to support and meet the needs of our teachers as they guide students towards social skill mastery.

Welcome to Potential Development

Located in Youngstown Ohio, Potential Development provides a nurturing and inclusive environment for students with autism, from preschool through 12th grade. With a focus on personalized learning, Potential Development aims to empower students to reach their full potential and achieve success in their future endeavors.

The Potential Development Experience

A Culture of Acceptance

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PD student working on exercise in classroom

Elementary & Middle School

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High School

Interested in Enrolling?

Potential Development takes pride in being the regional leader in providing the most individualized teaching approach to students with autism. We consistently work on building strong relationships with family, staff and supports within our community to ensure our students reach their full potential.

What Students, Staff and Families Love about Potential Development

See what our students and their families have to say about their experience at Potential Development!

"As a teacher, my goal is not just to impart knowledge, but to create an environment where every student feels seen, heard, and capable of achieving their full potential. Whether it's in the classroom, on the court during Special Olympics, or organizing a memorable Prom night, I wear many hats with pride because each role allows me to contribute to the holistic development of these amazing students."
PD Teacher
"It’s a very comfortable environment for our family. When I ask my son what he likes the most he says, “They build me up all day Mom”. So yes, Potential Development (PD) is life-changing. The dedication and commitment PD puts forth are above anything I’ve seen. I’m grateful for everyone there and the time they invest. There is no lack of "PD". Everything is done with passion and skill."
PD Parent
"I do not know where I would be without Potential Development. They are like my family always accepting me for who I am and helping me to do my best. I have been here since preschool and have made so many friends. I would like to thank all of the teachers, staff, board members, and supporters of Potential Development for believing in me and this school."
Preston F
PD Senior

Potential Development is my family. Not because of the buildings that they have erected or because of how much they’ve grown, but because of the staff members inside. The teachers at Potential have helped me raise my son. They have beamed with pride next to me the first time he used the potty, laughed alongside me when he did something silly, cried with me out of amazement when he said or completed a task that I never thought he would be able to complete. The staff at Potential have walked beside me through family changes, have asked about my other kids, and have given me a safe place to send my son to school every day for the past 15 years. I’m certain that Isaiah is loved just as much by his teachers, aides, therapists, and school administrators as he is by me, and I’m grateful for every lesson, every laugh, and every kind word which will soon become a memory when he walks across that stage and graduates. Thank you for shaping my son into the young man he is today!

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Active Students
Graduating Seniors

Is Potential Development Right For You?

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Our Mission

We believe a child’s potential develops best in a structured environment with individualized educational plans designed for each unique student. This is achieved through ample resources and strong partnerships between parents, caretakers and our educated, caring and qualified staff.

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