The Orion Program

Ages 5 – 13

Orion is a year-round (twelve-month) program that serves elementary-age special needs students (5-13 years old) with the disabilities of autism, developmental delay, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, other health impairment, severe disabilities, speech and language impairment, and traumatic brain injury. The Orion program also offers related services of Speech and Occupational Therapy as needed. The Aurora School has a license to operate, from the Virginia Board of Education.

Most academic programs follow the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement (VB-MAPP) curriculum. Others may follow curriculum options such as:

  • SRA reading
  • Distar math
  • Leveled reading programs
  • Edmark
  • Language for Learning
  • Teaching Language
  • Reading Milestones
  • Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL)

Students on an independent living curriculum focus on communication, either vocally, with sign language, individualized visual supports, or with picture exchange. Staff use Applied Behavior Analysis following the work of B.F. Skinner. Orion offers a six-hour and fifteen minute school day. We have a License to operate, from the Virginia Board of Education.

To schedule a tour of Aurora, call 540-751-1414 ext. 105.