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K-12 online learning for children with autism and other significant developmental delays.


The FIRE Academy, a program within Ignite Learning Academy, offers accredited education to children in grades K-12 with learning disabilities, autism, and other significant developmental delays who will thrive when working in a self-contained special education environment.
All curriculum used is specifically designed for students with developmental disabilities in order to teach academic, life, and social skills.

Students who have an IEP or 504 Plan or who have participated in special education services in the past will thrive at Ignite Learning Academy! Those with special learning needs, anxiety, OCD, or other mental illness will find Ignite Learning Academy to be a safe environment where they’re free to explore online learning on their own terms – with the 1+1+1 support of their parent/coach and teacher who passionately cares about the child’s success.

Students working in courses below grade level meet live with their assigned special education teacher to receive targeted intervention and support in the areas of reading, writing, and math. The frequency of these meetings is driven by student need and all support is in a small group or one-on-one setting. We carefully monitor academic growth throughout the year to ensure your child is progressing and thriving!
If your child has more significant disabilities and would benefit from a specialized special education program, including a self-contained classroom environment, read more about the FIRE Academy program below.

Ignite Learning Academy also offers a full transition curriculum to prepare students for success after high school. Transition courses include: Identifying Personal Strengths, Identifying and Overcoming Challenges, Building Self-Advocacy, Developing Self-Determination, Interpersonal Skills, Setting Personal Goals, Cultivating Communication Skills, and Exploring Career Options. Students will learn how to write a resume, interview for a job, and develop interpersonal skills to prepare them for success.

Arizona families may qualify for a scholarship that fully covers the cost of tuition at Ignite Learning Academy. Contact us or visit this page to learn more.

therapy-dogs.jpgThe FIRE program offers a three-level approach, based on student need.

Level one FIRE is designed for students with significant developmental delays. These FIRE students attend small-group daily live classes  with their similarly aged peers and teacher. All instruction within The FIRE Academy is provided live so students do not need to navigate the online school platform. During class, students follow a predictable schedule beginning with the greeting and circle time activities, and then move into an academic activity, social communication, departure, and homework review. This is a self-contained instructional model.

All students are provided physical materials that may include a Circle Time Kit (early elementary only), salt sensory tray, printed workbooks, and physical manipulatives to aid in learning. All level one students complete a small amount of daily homework using the provided workbooks to review the information taught in class each day.

Level two FIRE is designed for students who are working two or more grade levels behind. These FIRE students attend small-group daily live classes  with their similarly aged peers and teacher. Majority of instruction is provided live (synchronous), about 15 minutes of homework will be given for students to start to develop independent work habits. This is a self-contained instructional model.

Level three FIRE is designed for students who are working closer to their academic grade level and benefit from life and social skills curriculum and additional academic support. Level two students receive academic instruction with general education peers, receive individualized support, and can also receive additional academic support from their FIRE or special education resource teacher. High school students will work on transition planning to assist with the transition to college or career as they begin to plan for their future. Students will draft their first resume, participate in a mock-interview, and learn and practice other necessary skills to navigate the upcoming years. This is the least restrictive learning environment that is main streamed.

All FIRE students are invited to participate in virtual clubs and activities with disabled and non-disabled peers. Clubs are fun and engaging, teach new skills, allow children to explore an area of interest, and practice socialization skills with other ILA students.

Click HERE to access a previously recorded open house that provides details about the program.





Our active curriculum allows us to make a connection with children in a way they're capable of retaining information – by experiencing the world! Nurturing children’s curiosity has been proven to accelerate their learning – furthering their language skills, developing their social and emotional skills, and fostering their imagination.

The academic curriculum used in The FIRE Academy's level one program in early elementary school utilizes a variety of curriculum and  instructional methods, all aligned to nationally-recognized standards, utilizes comprehensive materials including manipulatives, photo cards, and other instructional tools. Academic strands are divided into various ability levels with varying levels of caregiver support in the home. In all situations, we work toward student independence, but recognize individual needs of students and their required level of support in the home.


FIRE students attend daily live classes that teach academic, life, and social skills. All curriculum is leveled based upon your child's abilities in order to ensure they receive appropriate math, reading, science and social studies instruction.

During elementary circle time, students participate in daily activities including the calendar, weather, sing the daily 'hello' song, read books, engage in show-and-tell and other fun activities! Students will enjoy physical exercises, conducting science experiments, and learning to interact with other students through intentionally designed activities. 




We believe school community is a pillar of academic and social learning. For this reason, your child is invited to attend clubs, activities, field-trips (virtual and in-person), school assemblies, virtual class parties, and to participate in kindergarten and high school graduation ceremonies.

Bruno the Bulldog, our school mascot, makes frequent appearances and is loved by Ignite Learning Academy students!

We look forward to partnering with parents, caregivers, therapists, and students to ensure your child THRIVES in the FIRE Academy!


FIRE students receive daily instruction in  the following subjects based on age and ability level:

  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Life Skills
  • Socialization Skills
  • Electives

Students should plan to attend 2-4 hours of live class each day and will need a bit more time to complete their daily homework to practice the skills learned in class.


Please view all tuition options here.

Ignite Learning Academy accepts Arizona Empowerment Scholarships (ESA) and Arizona Tax Credits (STO) to cover or offset the cost of tuition. Payment plans are available.

Learn if our FIRE academy is the right fit for your family!

The best way to get to know more about our approach for children with autism and other significant developmental delays is by attending a Virtual Open House! You’ll get an in-depth look at how the curriculum can be tailor-fit to your child’s learning style, preferences, and needs.

View our Virtual Open House