Lower and Upper Schools

The Lower School and Upper School programs at The Faison Center provide full-time day school services primarily to individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Other diagnoses are considered on a case-by-case basis. Both programs offer instruction utilizing applied behavior analysis (ABA) in one-on-one, group and community settings. Professionals at The Faison School make use of a number of assessments, including the VB-MAPP, C-PIRK and Brigance assessments to evaluate student needs and progress. CABAS®, an organizational management system, is used to track and analyze student progress.

As with all educational services provided by The Faison Center, the Lower School and Upper School are accredited by the CABAS® Board and the Virginia Association of Independent Specialized Education Facilities (VAISEF) and are licensed by the Virginia Department of Education.

Lower School

accelerated_independent_learnerThe Lower School provides educational services to children ranging in age from 5 to 10 years. As students progress through the Lower School curriculum, they may either continue on to the Upper School or move to a less restrictive teaching environment, such as The Faison Center’s Independent Learner Communities.

Upper School

upperschoolFor students ages 10 to 16 years, the Upper School teaches applied academics with a focus on fostering independence. Upon completion of the Upper School program, students often enter The Faison Center’s Life Skills & Employment Center, where they continue their education while exploring vocational opportunities and learning essential life skills. In partnership with other community organizations, Upper School students have the opportunity to engage in social interactions with typically developing peers.

Schedule and Location

Both the Lower School and Upper School operate year-round, Monday through Friday from 8:15am until 2:15pm. Both programs are located in the main building on The Faison Center campus.


For information about enrolling a student in The Faison Center’s Lower School or Upper School programs, please contact us via email at schooladmissions@faisoncenter.org or call us at (804) 612-1947. You can also view review the admissions process.