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Posted September 19, 2017

Aztec Special Education Complex is One of a Kind

The new facility serves more than half of the state's most severe special needs students and their families.

Aztec Complex Grand Opening

The Aztec Special Education Complex is the first of its type in the nation with more than 65,000 square feet of intensive special needs space for students pre-kindergarten to age 22 who are medically fragile or have autism or other special needs.

The $22 million facility provides core resources and ancillary space to serve more than half of the state’s most severe special needs students and their families.

Principal Lisa Heimer said the school was designed and built using the most current technology, research and best practices. Classrooms support teachers and students for optimal learning experiences with right-sized equipment such as adjustable desks, chairs on wheels, and low tables. Outside are two accessible playgrounds. The cafeteria promotes life skill lessons like cooking, serving and cleaning.

Superintendent Raquel Reedy called the Aztec Special Education Complex “a wonderful, wonderful continuation of the fantastic special education history that we have here in APS.”  Reedy, who started her career as a special education teacher at Atrisco Elementary School four decades ago, said she has seen innovation and the impact of integrating special education students into mainstream classrooms.

She thanked voters for approving funding for the Aztec Special Education Complex through a bond election.

The facility includes:

  • 20 highly specialized classrooms
  • Occupational and physical therapy space
  • 77 offices for diagnosticians, ancillary support and administration
  • A nurse's clinic/suite
  • 8 Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting rooms
  • Audiology space
  • A multipurpose room/gym
  • A kitchen/cafeteria
  • 2 secure outside clinical/recreational areas
  • A secure outside equipment storage area
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