The Auburn School

Growing the social and academic potential of bright students with social and communication challenges

Summer Academy

Auburn Academy Fairfax Campus

  • The Auburn Summer Academy is a skills-based, interactive summer program designed to develop independent living skills in high school youth. Students with challenges associated with Asperger's Syndrome, high functioning autism, anxiety-related disorders, and ADHD will begin their journey towards independent living in a guided learning environment.

    Our goal is to help students begin to develop independent living skills. Through hands on learning, we will introduce our students to some of the fundamentals of managing key aspects of their lives. Our program will cover various topics from personal hygiene to how to prepare a meal. Each topic has been specifically developed to guide our students in building their confidence as well as their skills.

    Our Program is for rising 9th to 12th grade students who are highly verbal with average to above aver-age intelligence. Many may have social challenges. Students will earn a full credit which can be used towards an elective requirement* and up to 20 hours of community service hours. Social opportunities and support are provided throughout the day.

    Our Topics will be taught by our highly trained teachers who understand the challenges these students face, and they will guide them as they explore and learn the skills. Each week will focus on a specific area of independent living and will include at least one community outing. Budgeting, navigating public transportation and safety awareness will be integrated across all five weeks of the academy.

    • Week 1: Personal hygiene and health
    • Week 2: Nutrition and meal planning
    • Week 3: Laundry & home care
    • Week 4: Personal and professional relationships
    • Week 5: Culminating Week

    Parent Information Sessions

    Parents interested in admissions to the Auburn Summer Academy at the Fairfax Campus for Summer 2017 are invited to attend an Open House to learn more about our program and camp. The information sessions are intended for parents/guardians only. 

    If you are unable to attend one of the information sessions, please please email us at or call 703-793-9353 contact us to get information by phone or to schedule an appointment.