Banner Academy

Serving Phoenix-Area Kids With Emotional or Learning Challenges

Banner Academy educates children with learning and emotional issues, including Asperger's syndrome and autism-spectrum disorders.We are located at 1410 W. 10th Place, Tempe, AZ 85281. 

Banner Academy is accredited by the North Central Association and approved by the Arizona Department of Education. Contact our principal, Shari Carlsted, at (480) 827-5348 to find out more on Banner Academy.


Whom We Serve

The specialized program at Banner Academy helps students in 4th through 12th grades build their intellect, self-discipline and self-esteem. Students come from across the Valley, including Tempe, Chandler, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Mesa and Phoenix.

Our Programs & Services

Our students take part in supervised learning to develop their social skills. We also give them formal instruction.

Our day school program welcomes students with special needs from across our community. We help increase their academic skills. Then we work to make their transition back to their home schools easier. We also accept private-placement students into our program.

We help students who face these challenges:

  • Asperger's syndrome
  • Attention deficits
  • Autism-spectrum disorders (ASD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Emotional disorders
  • High-functioning autism
  • Learning disabilities
  • Mood disorders
  • Obsessive/compulsive disorders (OCD)
  • Personality disorders
  • Pervasive developmental disorder – not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS)
  • Social/school phobia

Our Teachers

Our teachers have experience — more than 20 years on average. They are all certified to teach kids with learning disabilities, emotional handicaps and autism-spectrum disorders. They're also certified in at least one academic area, such as English, math, science or social studies.

Our Zero-Tolerance Bullying Policy

Many of our students have gone through years of teasing and taunting at other schools. That's why Banner Academy enforces a zero-tolerance policy toward bullying. Our instructors are sensitive to our students and their emotions. We work on activities that promote self-esteem and empathy for other students.


Students from a public school district can arrive by bus from that district. Private students may be dropped off by their parents, a guardian or in a car pool. In some cases, we can arrange to transport students, depending on their pick-up location.

Enrollment, Tuition & Scholarships

If you are interested in Banner Academy, contact our principal. She will make an appointment for an interview, campus tour, and explain more about the school to help determine if Banner Academy is the right fit for your child.

School districts refer many of our students on the recommendation of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. These teams determine when Banner Academy is the best setting for a student's education and personal growth. In these cases, the home school district pays for the student's tuition and supplemental services.

For parents who want to enroll their child privately, a few organizations may be able to help with tuition. Scholarships are available as well. These include: