Exceptional Academy for Differently-Abled Learners, Inc. is a private, non-profit corporation that specializes in teaching children with Autism and other related disabilities. With Autism rates on the rise and the 2019 statistics showing that 1 in 40 children are affected by this disorder, there is now more than ever, a growing need for more private schools in this country to specialize in helping these differently-abled learners get the right educational foundation so they can progress and become as independent as possible.

Our Exceptional Academy location offers a full-time academic educational program for grades 1-6 (ages 6-12). In 2022, our school will be expanding and moving to our new larger Baron Academy school location that will serve children in grades K-8 (ages 5-14).


Exceptional Academy for Differently-Abled Learners, Inc. is different than other private schools because we focus entirely on the child’s abilities, instead of their disabilities. With input from the student’s family, guided by our team of experts, we tailor a curriculum based on what the child is interested in and the things that they are currently successful at. With confidence, grows skills. We work with the children, and their families, to help build their current skills and attain new ones. No child is more successful than one that feels supported and good about themselves. Our goal is to build our students up in order to help them achieve optimal success in learning and in life.

Our Mission

The mission of Exceptional Academy for Differently-Abled Learners is to provide a customized education for children with Developmental Disabilities in an accepting and nurturing environment. We believe all children, regardless of their diagnosis, have the potential to learn and grow their skills. Guided by a passionate team of experienced teachers and therapists who "think outside the box", our students will be better prepared for life's challenges.

Our Team

Kristine Erice


Parent of a child on the Autism Spectrum, homeschooler, Autism advocate, and believer that there should be more and better choices in our area for how we are able to educate our differently-abled kids. Serves on the Board of Directors  for Guardians for New Futures. Bachelor of arts degree in Public Relations and Marketing.



Matthew Saxton

Chief Financial Officer

Parent of a child on the Autism Spectrum, Autism advocate, Army Veteran, Certified CPR trainer and JROTC Senior Instructor in St. Lucie County Schools. Coach, mentor, and community leader. Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Masters degree in International Relations.

email: msaxton@exceptionalacademypsl.com

Ronda Atkinson

Lead Teacher

Worked in the field of ABA therapy for the last 5 years as an RBT (Registered Behavior Technician). Prior to that she taught elementary education in the private school sector here on the Treasure Coast. CPR, AED and Basic First Aid Certified. CPI Trained, Early Literacy for Children, Florida Child Care Professional Credential and BACB Registered Behavior Technician.




      Our inspiration behind Exceptional Academy is                                         our ASD son, Dylan.


Our Vision

Our vision for Exceptional Academy is to build a school that has support services in place to help maximize student success and to help empower the students to learn in the way that works best for them. We provide individualized learning plans specific to each child that are tailored to the students needs and growing abilities. Our school focuses on the essential educational curriculum, but is also geared towards daily living, social and life skills as well as teaching core values that will empower children to successfully move into the mainstream of society.


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