What is the cost to attend?

This ranges depending upon the program and the number of days. All of this information is located on the Programs and Tuition page of our website.

Does insurance cover the cost?

We have found some insurance companies that cover the cost of ABA. However, the plans differ greatly. The coverage usually comes through a mental/ behavioral health coverage or special stipend to families of children with disabilities. Mariposa is in network with BCBS-NC, AETNA, Medicaid, CIGNA and OPTUM/United Behavioral Healthcare. Please call the benefits line on the back of your insurance card and ask for Mariposa School. Typically services are listed as “Enhanced Autism Services.”  Flexible Spending Accounts can also be used to help cover the costs by utilizing the Dependent Care portion. Many employers such as IBM will reimburse families for tuition. Do not hesitate to speak to your employers benefits coordinator.

Do you have to have a diagnosis of autism to attend?

No. The teaching style is based on the methodology of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and can be effective with any child regardless of identified disability. Although most of the students in the school do have autism, others are not formally diagnosed, and some have other developmental disabilities.

How long do students stay at Mariposa?

Mariposa students vary in ability from a child with absolutely no form of communication to an intermediate or higher level learner. The length of time that a child stays at Mariposa depends upon his/her skills at entry, number of days in attendance, goals for child when he/she leaves, etc.


What is the range in age of children who attend the school?

We serve students beginning at age 18 months and children may age out at 21 years old. The Mariposa Admissions Committee will determine appropriateness of placement based on a variety of assessments as well as behavioral concerns and available peer groups. Please note that a child must be at least 5 years old to attend full day per state standards.

What is the success rate for children who attend Mariposa?

Success can be defined in so many ways and with students at such varying abilities, it would be accurate to say that children who have attended Mariposa for a minimum of 3 months have developed some sort of functional communication whether it be a Picture Exchange System, Sign Language, or ultimately Verbal Communication, with the majority developing some sort of functional verbal communication.

What are the qualifications for the staff?

From the Team Leaders who are Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) with master’s degrees, instructors who are Registered Behavior Technicians, to the Instructors who are Behavior Technicians with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree; education is a high priority. Of the Program Coordinators, one is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) and 13 years experience at The Mariposa School. Another has a master's degree, many years of experience in teaching, and holds board certification as a behavior analyst (BCBA). Our Master Instructors have many years of experience as instructors and are capable of programming with BCBA-D supervision.  In addition to formal education, all instructors are trained by our management staff in the methods of Verbal Behavior and Applied Behavior Analysis and must pass a rigorous training competency program which includes direct supervision by a Program Coordinator and eight written tests. All programs are overseen by a BCBA-D, which is a doctorate level psychologist who provides clinical oversight and direction to the school. The programmers meet monthly with the BCBA-D to review each student's progress and make recommendations for necessary change.

Does the school follow the traditional school schedule?

No. The school calendar covers 230 days per year, including a small break for winter and summer.

Do you provide scholarships?

Currently we have some students on full or partial scholarships from money provided by the State of North Carolina Autism Early Intervention Project. We do not have other scholarship money available at this time but continue to look for revenue options.  See the Programs and Tuition page of our website for otherfinancial aid opportunities available.

What are the enrollment options for my child?

We offer multiple programs to serve a wide range of needs. You can check out all of the options under “programs” on the menu bar at the top of the page.  Full Time students attend for 6 hours a day, 5 days a week. A child age 5 or over is eligible.  Half Day: This program is offered either mornings or afternoons for 3 hours a day, 5 days a week. All ages are eligible.  Part Time: This program is intended to supplement other programs that a child may be enrolled in. Available in 3 hour sessions for 6 hours (Tues/Thurs) or 9 hours (Mon/Wed/Fri) per week, mornings or afternoons. All ages are eligible.  Consultation Services: Consultation Services are arranged on an as needed basis and are based upon the purpose of the request. Application for Consultation Services Training:  Throughout the year, we offer a variety of workshops that provide educational opportunities for parents and other professionals. See our Events Blog for upcoming events. Childcare is often provided. Contact the school for details.

If my child is accepted into one of your programs, what do you expect from me?

First and foremost, there must be good communication between you and our staff. We need to know as much as we can about your child, including information about any medical conditions he or she may have, food sensitivities, and what motivates your child. The more you can share, the better. Second, we ask that you follow through at home with any behavioral procedures we are using with your child at the school. Consistency is important. Third, in order to keep your costs down, we ask that you volunteer some of your time on a regular basis. (This does not charge our posted tuition rates, but covers expenses not covered by the current tuition.) Parents can also join the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) which sets up events for students and staff, fundraising, parent volunteering and much more.

Is financial aid available?

The school is constantly applying for grants asking for money to create a Scholarship Fund awarding need-based financial assistance for children who otherwise would be unable to attend. However, at this time, we are unable to provide direct financial assistance. Occasionally, we are given grants from other organizations to provide financial assistance, these funds usually come with a list of qualifications. We will post these opportunities as we receive them.

How many people will work with my child?

Each student has one instructor during any one session. A child that is enrolled 3 days a week will likely have the same instructor each of those three days. A child in a longer program, may have more than one instructor (ie. one instructor on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and a different instructor on Tuesday and Thursday. Full time students are assigned one regular instructor for the morning, and a different one for the afternoon. A Program Coordinator oversees a group of students. This Coordinator is the liaison with the parent and the instructor.

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