Frequently Asked Questions
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How many students attend The Faison School for Autism?
Our school enrollment is typically around 130 students.
Do you have a waiting list?
It depends on which program the student is entering. If the student does need to be put on a waiting list, the average wait time is from two to eight weeks.
What ages do you serve?
The Faison School currently serves students ranging from 19 months to 22 years old. We also have adult services available through The Faison Residence program.
Do you serve only students with autism?
Although the majority of our students have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), we make individualized enrollment decisions. Our student body may include students with traumatic brain injuries or emotional disabilities, for example. Our main focus is not the specific developmental disability but whether or not we can meet the student’s specific needs.
Do your students come from the Richmond area only?
No, our students travel from many areas to reach us. We have students coming to The Faison School from as many as 29 different counties in the area.
What is the staff to student ratio?
The Faison School provides a robust and flexible instructor ratio that is based on the student’s current needs, but most programs feature individualized instruction.
Does the school run all year?
Our full-time educational services are available the entire year, Monday through Friday from 8:15am until 2:15pm. However, the Early Learner program (students starting at 16 months old) is available 30 hours per week, Monday through Friday from 8:30am until 11:30am. We also provide a year-round After School Program from 2:15pm until 6pm. We are closed for scheduled holidays and vacations at various times in the year.
How would my student be transported to school?
If a student is placed privately, parents or other caregivers must provide transportation to and from school. For students placed by IEP teams and their public school system, transportation may be available to The Faison School depending on the county, but return transportation would not be provided. Students coming from the same county where our facility is located (Henrico County) can often arrange transportation to The Faison School. Our recommendation is to contact your county’s transportation office and see what options are available.
Do you administer medication at school?
While we do not prescribe medication, we are able to administer medication with the appropriate guidance and paperwork from your physician. Information on this is provided during the admissions process.
How do I enroll my child in The Faison School?
Enrollment begins with a tour of our facilities and a completed application sent to the school. Please see our admissions process for further details.
Why are so many documents required with the application?
We make individualized decisions regarding admissions, and these decisions require a significant amount of information. We aim to form a full and accurate assessment of each student so we can make the best decision about meeting his or her educational needs.
How do I set up a tour of The Faison School’s facilities?
Please contact the front desk at (804) 612-1947 to sign up for one of our tour dates. Although a tour is not required before admission, we highly encourage you to schedule one before completing the application. Tours are limited to six families for each session (approximately two to three hours long), and you will have an opportunity to ask specific questions during the tour. To make the best use of the time, we request that the student not be present during the initial tour.
Insurance and Funding
How do I pay for services at The Faison School?
In some situations, private insurance covers our services. But the most common methods of payment are private funding and community service board (CSB) funds through the public school system. Our admissions department can help guide you through the process. Additional information is available on our insurance and funding page.
How do I know if my insurance covers your services?
We recommend that you call your insurance company and ask if behavioral assessment or ABA therapy is covered. If your insurance does cover the services, we will help you complete the necessary paperwork and provide you with the information needed to secure the insurance funding. Please note that The Faison School does not accept Medicaid or waivers.
Employment And Volunteers
What are the qualifications of your staff?
The level of expertise of our staff is relative to their position at the school. Most of our teaching assistants hold Bachelor's degrees in a related field, such as education, psychology or social work. Our teaching assistants have backgrounds that range from a high school diploma combined with significant experience to Doctoral candidates in Education. Our ABA classroom teachers all hold Virginia teaching credentials in Special Education. Most either have or are nearing completion in a Master's program in education and are completing teacher ranks within the CABAS system. Our ABA program supervisors all hold Master's degrees in Special Education or Applied Behavior Analysis and either hold or are nearing completion Board Certification in Behavior Analysis and are completing teacher ranks within the CABAS system. Our Directors have varying backgrounds in the field of Special Education and Behavior Analysis.
Is everyone at the school a certified behavior analyst?
While not every member of our staff holds a BCBA or BCABA, we do have a large number of certified staff members. Every student's programming is supervised by a certified individual.
I’m interested in working for The Faison School. Do you have any open positions?
For details on open positions and opportunities, please visit the careers page.
Are internships available?
We have a limited number of internships available at The Faison School. Interns must be available for a minimum of 10 hours per week, but preferably 20 hours per week. Check out our careers page to see the latest internship positions available.
Do you have volunteer opportunities at The Faison School?
Absolutely! Our biggest need is for students of school age, because they are vital in helping our students develop social skills. We like to pair a student and volunteer of a similar age so they can hang out, interact, play games, and work together as peers in the classroom. We also have opportunities available for adult volunteers to do office and administrative work. If you’d like more information, please complete our volunteer application and note your area of interest when submitting.
Programs And Services
What services do you offer?
The Faison School offers a variety of full-time programs and part-time service options, including assessment, consultation, program design, and training for parents or other professionals. For details, visit our programs page.
Do you offer diagnostic services?
At this time, we offer a variety of assessment services, but we do not offer clinical diagnostic services. For more information on assessment services, please email email@example.com.
Do you provide alternative therapies along with Applied Behavior Analysis?
The Faison School advocates and delivers only evidence-based and data-driven interventions. We make parent and caregiver education a priority and work to help teams determine the best course of intervention for each individual student.
My child is on grade level academically but needs additional support behaviorally or with social skills. Does The Faison School offer services for my child?
Many students fitting this description are successful in our independent learner program. Our admissions process is individualized and will help determine how The Faison School can meet the student’s specific needs.