Does Fayetteville have an autism school?

In 2011, former public school teacher Jessica Respus, who holds a doctorate in educational leadership teaching, learning and development, opened her first school which later became Cumberland Christian Academy.

A couple of years later, she launched a program dedicated to students with special needs.

“I noticed that private schools weren’t servicing students with special needs,” Respus said Thursday. “So I started a program, and it grew.”

Because of capacity limits at Cumberland Christian Academy, Respus had to turn away a few students, including those with autism.

Cumberland Christian Academy is already at capacity for the 2024-25 school year with 125 students, but Respus is opening a new school at 803 Stanford Road in Fayetteville, to specifically service children with mild to moderate autism.

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