About Us

Welcome to Potential Development

Potential Development Team Member- Paul

A Message from Paul Garchar, Jr., CEO

Welcome! You will notice that I refer to us collectively as the PD Family because we consider our students, staff, board, community members and families as one team with one goal — to provide children with autism a safe, structured educational environment with supportive services that give students the necessary skills and independence to lead a productive life.

Potential Development has a rich reputation that has evolved over 70 years working in collaboration with dozens of community partners. In addition to a strong multi-faceted academic and life skills curriculum, we offer our students and families additional resources such as speech, occupational and physical therapy, mental health assistance and a variety of in-school aid such as guidance counseling, transition support and a licensed social worker.

The foundation of our success is built upon several principles:

  • Our ability to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for all students to grow and develop according to their abilities.
  • Integrating quality programs with innovative teaching strategies to develop our students’ strong and unique skills.
  • Offering our students and families individualized and customized attention.
  • Creating an environment of acceptance, dedication and compassion.
  • Forming opportunities for extracurricular and in-school activities that go beyond academics.


We celebrate each child’s success by accepting nothing less than a caring and compassionate environment both inside and outside the classroom, and we are proud of our entire staff for their comprehensive approach to the academic and social well-being of our students.

Our commitment never waivers in our goal to help your child be a successful, academically-challenged and emotionally healthy person. Please take a moment to explore our website to see if Potential Development is the right choice for your child.

Mission Statement

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We provide children with autism a safe, structured education that empowers them with the skills to reach their fullest potential in life.

Our History

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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