APL History

Our Story

APL has been on an incredible journey. What started with 4 students and a big dream, has grown to a comprehensive K-12 school with an incredibly talented and engaged staff.

About APL


The school was founded in 2007 by Alison Moors Lipshin and three families: Erin & Kirk Brewer, Nancy & Matt Gordon and Samia & Herman Mohazzabfar. The founders united around a central mission for APL:

APL is an inclusive K-12 school serving students across the autism spectrum along with their typically developing peers in an inclusive, academically challenging and socially vibrant environment.


From the spark of an idea, the founders of APL did the hard work of launching an upstart inclusion school, and continued to develop and expand according to need. Watch the video.

Come Visit APL


Families have moved from Germany, France, Hawaii and many other states across the country to come to Seattle and send their children to APL. With a current enrollment of 110, our student population has increased over twenty fold since 2007.

Limited spots remain available in APL’s K-12 classrooms for the upcoming school year.

If you are interested in attending, please contact us to begin the admissions process.

Faculty & Staff

APL has a large staff of teachers, BCBA clinicians, behavioral technicians, and administers.

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Board of Directors

The Board is composed of school founders, clinical experts, parents, and influential individuals.

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Advisory Board

Co-founding family members, experts, and former Board members lend this advice as needed.

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Contact Us

APL encourages you to reach out with any questions you have about the school. We want to hear from you!

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