We moved to the Portland area for two reasons: so my twin girls with Autism could attend Victory Prep within Victory Academy. They had not even been accepted yet, but I knew it was where they needed to be! It was the best decision for our family. Since their first day of school, my girls have learned new and amazing things every day. They are constantly "mastering" skills, such as bike riding, playing dollhouse, and learning to eat new foods, all things I might not have thought possible, or at least at the rate they were progressing prior to Victory. The staff is skilled, dedicated, and compassionate, even going so far as to contact me after hours via email or text to make sure that they were ok after a rough day or illness, or to send me a cute picture of what they did that day. The staff takes copious data on their progress and sends home a communication folder with daily reports. Open communication is desired and I never feel like I am bothering them with my questions. Victory Academy is quite simply a remarkable place and a model that other schools across the country should aspire to.
A national leader right here in Portland
My husband and I visited campuses in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Washington, DC looking for the right school for our son, Prashant. We were certain that a larger market would have the best options. We were wrong. Victory Academy was in our own backyard and offered Prashant everything he needed. At Victory, we have found customized academics that Prashant tackles independently; executive functioning and social skills instruction; and a faculty that uses every interaction as a teaching opportunity. At Victory, no one lets Prashant slide by without saying, "hello." He must participate fully, and we have already seen more language, better greetings, and greater responsibility and independence in homework and outings. Victory does not just accommodate the challenges of autism. Victory teaches its students how to move through them.
A World of Hope
We needed a school for our son that would protect him, nurture his intellectual side, and show him how to manage himself and thrive in a community. He gets that every single day, and we are thrilled. Victory Academy has a unique blend of professionals who know Autism, and they understand things don’t always look the same to our kids as they might to others His teachers are helping him discover who he is and what positive things he can become. We are encouraged as we see him show he can be flexible when his schedule changes; we are also grateful when he says, “Thank you, that was a good dinner,” because we’ve never heard that before. The changes may be small – he makes jokes with his teachers instead of feeling threatened by them, and he plays with many kids at recess and has fun instead of standing by himself. But those small changes add up to a big win for our son. He fits in here, he is making progress, and we have a world of hope for him now.
- The Thompson Family