Unleashing the

Brilliance in Every Child

Our mission is to partner with families and our community to capitalize on the strengths of our neurodiverse students. We do this through an individualized teaching model to ensure academic, language, behavioral, and social-emotional success.

We celebrate variations of how they think, learn, and process information.

Every student’s learning style is respected to foster self-confidence, resilience and autonomy. We have created a school community experience that works effectively for all.

25 Years of Transforming Student’s Lives

About Us


The Shirley Aninias School is a culmination of 25 years of educational experience coalesced into a teaching philosophy that all children can learn and participate in a group and community setting with their peers.

Having found success year after year developing programs based on this philosophy, Shirley made the decision to create a school in her name to ensure the longevity of her educational philosophy and to stand proudly behind it.

We Celebrate Students For Who They Are


What Parents Are Saying

Shirley Aninias is the best!  The eight years she worked with our son were life-changing for him and our family.  He required full-time 1:1 support in school and an exhaustive schedule of related services when he first started seeing Shirley, but today, he’s a fully independent and successful freshman in a demanding mainstream high school.

Shirley’s expertise, personalized and carefully calculated programming, care, and advocacy has made the biggest difference for my son.

Parent of an SA student

I am so thankful to have found Shirley and her team.  My son has been with them for a little over a year and, during that time, my son’s social and coping skills have improved to the point that extended family members comment on the positive changes they see in him.

I have also been impressed with the academic success that he has achieved during this time.  Shirley and her team provide consistent support throughout the school year and that level of support is priceless.

Parent of a former SA student

Shirley and her entire team are extraordinary—talented, experienced, resourceful, and extremely kind.  They listen, understand and believe in neurodivergent kids, figure out solutions that work, and implement them successfully. 

Words cannot express how grateful we are for SAS‘s support not only of our daughter but also us as parents.  At SAS, our daughter has the support she needs to learn and thrive, and we are part of a powerful and inspiring community.

Parent of a former SA student

Exceptionally Bright Kids

Learning in a Unique Way

Every student’s learning style is respected to foster self-confidence, resilience. We have created an environment that works effectively for all students.