ABOUT THE CHASE ACADEMY
~Ms. Mimi Lundell~
Executive Director, Co-Founder, ESE & K/12 Certified with an Autism Spectrum Disorders Endorsement
More than anything, The Chase Academy began as a dream. As the mother of two children on the autism spectrum, all I wanted was a school that would provide my son Chase, and others like him, with the right educational supports to help him maximize his academic achievement.
What began as nothing more than a dream in 2006, developed into a small non-profit school that opened in 2009 with nine students, including my son Chase, and has been growing ever since!
Along the way, my co-founders and I have learned that students with autism CAN achieve more, sometimes much more, than medical and educational professionals predict, but they need the right environment, the right teaching model (we use our own CHASE Model), mental health counseling, behavioral therapy led by a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst, and specific courses in all facets of independent living. Without deliberate and specific instruction and support tailored to those on the Spectrum, achievement - and opportunity - can be lost.
That's why we are here. Because we believe in their potential; we delight in their accomplishments, and we demand that the community make room for our children to live productive and purpose-filled lives as adults right along side the rest of its citizens. If this is your vision, then we invite you to join us - there's always room for one more!
At The Chase Academy, we encourage all children to Chase their Dreams!
For all of us, children are our first love, and for many of us, our own personal experience with children with ASD has inspired us to bring a better, more suitable quality of education to the community. We believe that our success is a direct result of our willingness to adapt to the individual needs of our students, and their parents. Our immediate goal is to maximize student potential by customizing our curriculum to address the concerns of parents and their advising medical professionals, as well as to highlight the strengths of each child and allow them to grow and socialize in a warm and welcoming environment.
The Chase Academy was formed in 2006 by concerned parents, educational professionals and community volunteers who have all lent their expertise to develop an educational program that is designed specifically to meet the individual needs of students with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) within a welcoming, secure environment, sensitive to the aspects of ASD that cause students to be uncomfortable at a traditional school.
Our first campus opened in 2009, and we have been at our current location since August of 2012.