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The Story Behind The School


On paper The Paragon School can be described as a K-12 private school for students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 

In reality, it is a unique and transformational educational community that impacts people's lives forever.  


Why Paragon was needed

Inspired by the needs of their own son, who was diagnosed with ASD, Helen and Tony Leonard began their search for a school that would not only challenge their son academically, but at the same time help him grow behaviorally and socially.

They visited around a dozen public and private schools in the Orlando area, all of which had good reputations for working with students with ASD. What they found were either programs that would provide their son with a strong academic environment for learning, or programs that were focused on behavior intervention and social development.

They were not, however, able to find a single program that would help their son with these very different yet dependent learning objectives under one roof.
 

It became clear to us that the best way to provide for our son's needs - and to give him the best foundation for his future - was to create an entirely new educational environment.  Both for him and for others like him... 
Helen Leonard, Co-founder

 

The Opening of Paragon

The school was eventually founded in 2007.

By 2011, The Paragon School became accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS). It is the only private school with FCIS accreditation that is exclusively serving K-12 students with ASD in Central Florida.

Today Paragon is a flourishing, positive hub of growth and learning, changing the lives of families and individuals everyday.