Testimonials

What They're Saying

  • From the Professionals


    "As a child psychologist, I have recommended the Auburn School to parents since its inception. Even before it's inception, Mr. Erik Heyer, the founder and director of Auburn reached out to me to discuss the planning of his school in Northern Virginia....I was immediately impressed by Mr. Heyer's passion and vision for Auburn during our initial meeting, and over the years, it has been a pleasure watching Auburn develop into one of Northern Virginia's leading private school's for bright students with social and communication challenges. I give the Auburn School my highest endorsement"

    Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D., NCCE, NCPC 
    Founder and Director 
    Ashburn Psychological and Psychiatric Services
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    "I continue to be very impressed with your school's ability to meet children where they are, but was really surprised at just how seamlessly you're working in the executive function and social pragmatic interventions across the daily routine"

    Catherine McGill, Psy.D.
    Pediatric Neuropsychologist
    Division of Pediatric Neuropsychology
    Children's National Medical Center
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    "The Auburn School fills a very important niche in our community. The teachers, administration and support staff bring a very high level of understanding to the needs of children with social differences. And they don't just talk the talk. Auburn walks the walk.  They have the expertise and practical experience to promote each child's social-emotional development while providing solid academics. This is a truly nurturing school community."

    Dan Shapiro, M.D.
    Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
    Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
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    "The enthusiasm and the passion that your leadership team expressed during [my] visit created an impression of this being the school's very first parent visit to open a brand-new school. Coupling that with a modest explanation of a successful track record and witnessing all students happily working and at peace made for a spectacular visit--no other school visit could even be in the same league as Auburn's--[they] hit it out of the park. So refreshing and heart-warming to know 'homes for the mind' exist in this world."

    Heather
    Public School Teacher of 20+ years


    From Our Families

    "My daughter has attended Auburn since K and the student she is today as a 6th grader is a total 360 from where she was when she entered the school. Not only has she grown academically but she has learned self-regulation, how to be a student, executive functioning and social skills. The small class sizes and supportive environment has truly made an impact."

    Stephanie C.
    Auburn, Fairfax Parent
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    "Truly one of the most amazing schools I have ever seen!! I don't know how they do it, I am just grateful everyday that we found it!!"

    Conrad S.
    Auburn, Silver Spring Parent
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    "We LOVE this school! My child is in his 2nd year at this school and we couldn't be happier. The administration is top-notch! The Head of School...serves as a proactive, communicative and engaged example of what a principal should be. The teachers are loving, responsive and truly appear to love what they do.  This school is a diamond in the rough. My child truly feels at home here. I feel like they see him for all of his abilities and I know he is in great hands when he is in school. This school is ideal for children who are very bright but different learners who need additional supports in the areas of social-communication. The classes are very small and the parents and children make a warm and close-knit community. All of the teachers have in-depth training and education in Special Education. In addition to great credentials, all of the teachers have a sincere interest in the well-being of the children. I have yet to meet a teacher there that I do not feel positively about and that includes the front office staff as they are amazing too. Last year, when we made the decision to enroll our child here, we had so many fears about making this kind of change from public school....But, seeing how our child is blossoming, has many friends and loves going to school, we GLADLY drive 45 minutes each way and pay the tuition as it is worth every penny plus some. If you are looking for a school for your child who is bright, but has some mild learning and social differences this is as good as it gets. This school is outstanding! I've never experienced a place like this before!"

    Kim T.
    Auburn, Baltimore Parent
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    "My son attended for 6th, 7th and 8th grade. It made a huge difference in his life. Academically, he is 1 or 2 grade levels ahead. He's currently transitioning to public high school and we feel he is prepared. The teachers are AMAZING! They truly understand my son's needs. They've also helped him learn important social skills and most everyone that knows my son tells me how much he has improved socially. He also has the best friends he's ever made in his life. He is so happy and loves school. The first week he said coming to Auburn was "such a relief." This coming from a child with Asperger's and a history of stressful experiences at public school. I highly recommend Auburn.....The school's future looks very promising. We will always be grateful for the difference Auburn has made in our son's life."

    Auburn, Fairfax Parent
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    "Seeing her development from her start there 2 years ago til today, all I can say is 'Thank you, Auburn'."

    Barbara B.
    Auburn, Silver Spring Grandparent 
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    "The teachers and administration are caring, compassionate, gifted educators who understand that some kids have incredible gifts as well as incredible challenges. They do their best to meet both ends and their focus on social skills and socioemotional growth is unparalleled - I know of no other area school that particularly focuses on the needs of this group of kids"

    Auburn, Baltimore Parent
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    "Auburn has been exactly the school my son needs for the past two years. His academic work is customized to his performance, and the embedded behavioral support has made a big difference in our lives. The faculty and staff are professional, friendly, and available. This school is wonderful!"

    Auburn, Fairfax Parent
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    "3 years at Auburn has transformed my son to be a confident student both academically and socially. He is miles away from where he was when he entered Auburn in 6th grade. The teachers are incredibly patient and kind yet still firm, teaching valuable social skills as well as accountability without harsh judgment. I cannot recommend the school highly enough."

    Nicholas P.
    Auburn, Silver Spring Parent