frequently asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions

If my child qualifies for pull-out, how many hours a day will he/she have a 1:1 aide?
This would be determined by the director and staff per the individualized program created for each student.

May I use my own aide for the pull-outs?
No. For both insurance purposes and to ensure the high quality of our program, aides will be hired and trained by our school director. Parents and other outside aids are certainly welcome to volunteer at the school.

What will be the ratio of typical to special needs kids?
The goal of APL is to create an inclusive environment with a balanced ratio of typical and special needs children, with a particular emphasis on autism. Inclusion is a key attribute of APL and Precision Teaching has been proven effective for all types of learners. The key differentiator between APL and other inclusion programs is that the curriculum and teaching approach is customized for each individual student – so the program is tailored for your child vs. your child having to fit in to a preset curriculum.

Will the classrooms be organized by grade or age?
APL serves children from kindergarten – 8th grade. Classrooms will be organized based on age and relative skill level. There will never by more than a 4 year age span per classroom.

What is the student teacher ratio?
APL offers small class sizes of 16 or less students to ensure every child receives the individual attention they need. APL offers an adult-student ratio of 1:6 with the opportunity for pull outs for students who need additional focused attention.

What if my child is very low functioning? Is APL right for him/her?
The goal is to make APL as inclusive as possible across the spectrum but balanced against the overall mission of the school.

Will additional enrichment activities be offered at the school?
Yes, APL offers enrichment activities including art, music, physical education and digital arts. We are also fortunate to partner with community partners such as Broadway Bound and YMCA for additional enrichment activities.

Where is APL located?
APL is located at the University Heights Center ( in Seattle’s University District.

Is APL Accredited?
APL is certified as a private school by the Washington State Board of Education having met all the conditions specified in Chapter 28A.195 RCW and Chapter 180-90 WAC.

What are the school hours?
APL is open from 9:00am-3:30pm Monday - Thursday. On Fridays, school will be dismissed at 1:00pm to allow time for teacher development activities. APL follows the Seattle school district schedule and the full school calendar is published on our website.