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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Special Education

Mission: Our mission is to provide special educational and therapeutic services that enable any child to thrive.  We teach children with Autism and emotional disorders to break through social and emotional barriers to school success.

Programs: The Emotional Support Program blends special education and mental health treatment across all aspects of the school day. It fosters life-changing improvements in academic achievement, school survival and life management skills with the goal of returning children to public school on track and ready to learn. The program offers: small class sizes, evidence-based instruction in reading, math and writing; Individualized Education Plans (IEP) and Behavioral Health Treatment Plans developed with student and family; measurable strength-based goals and objectives for both plans; and interagency collaboration for continuity of care.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 4

Pace School is committed to the cause of providing quality education to special needs children. Pace is redefining special needs learning while meeting the highly specialized educational needs of their students. In 2012, Pace embarked upon major educational technology improvements that placed interactive technology directly into the hands of teachers and students. Led by an innovative CEO, Karen Lamoureux, Pace School is working hard to make sure students receive the best education in an atmosphere best suited for their success. Please offer your support to this worthy cause.


Rating: 5

Volunteering can make a difference in people's lives. I do volunteer work in Pace School, a special school for emotionally disturbed and autistic children. A competent, caring staff at Pace provides ongoing care and crisis intervention as needed. I have found that most of the time, most of the kids are perfectly pleasant, attentive, appreciative. When they are not, the staff takes over.

How do I fit in as a volunteer? One-on-one, I help kids understand their school work; as a class speaker, I tell them about my experiences and observations, about interesting bits of knowledge I have picked up in my 86 years of life. I try to treat them with patience, respect, understanding, honesty. The response of students and staff has been amazingly enthusiastic.

I am convinced that I am making a difference, and that makes me happy.

Jeanne W.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Pace helps the whole family.... my son started at Pace for 3rd grade... after 3 years of public school... I was so use to having daily calls from public school about what negitive thing happened at school...At Pace they understand the "oh no what did my kid do now" feeling when a phone call comes home... the first half of the year I got phone calls of good things my son did. My son needed the healing "band aides" to suceed... and so did I. Now my son is looking foward to transitioning back to public school.. The "band aides" are not covering out bodies anymore.... now we just have really tiny scars...Pace helps the healing.

Block House

Board Member

Rating: 5

Pace School does a tremendous job with an extremely difficult population to work with - children with autism and emotional/social problems. Every time I am in the building I am amazed at the dedicated and caring staff. I have talked first hand to parents and children whose lives have been changed for the better through their involvement with Pace School. By expanding to Butler and Moon, Pace School is now reaching more children and families in need. It is truly a place with all children can thrive!