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The Els Center of Excellence is a project of the Els for Autism Foundation. The Foundation is a public charity EIN #26-3520396, recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations in support of The Center should be made out to the Els for Autism Foundation.

Where is the The Els Center of Excellence located?

18370 Limestone Creek Road, Jupiter, Florida 33458  See Map

What types of Programs and Services will be offered at the The Els Center of Excellence?

Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) ages 16 months through adulthood will be served through a variety of Programs and Services. Many of the programs will also be open to the community for people of all ages and abilities.  For more information on these programs, please visit the Programs & Services section of our website or contact the Foundation’s Director of Programs and Operations, Dr. Marlene Sotelo at marlene.sotelo@elsforautism.org

When did The Els Center of Excellence open?

The Els Center of Excellence campus opened in August of 2015.  Today the campus is comprised of three buildings:

  • The Center’s administrative building, which houses its auditorium and conference center
  • The Lower School, The Learning Center, a tuition-free, Palm Beach County charter school serving students with autism ages 3 to 14
  • The Upper School, The Learning Academy, a tuition-free, Palm Beach Country charter school serving students with autism ages 14 to 21.

Opening in September of 2017 will be the Sensory Arts Garden and Pavilion.

What are the names of the schools?

The Lower School is called The Learning Center at The Els Center of Excellence.  It was formerly known as the Renaissance Learning Center.

The Upper School is called The Learning Academy at The Els Center of Excellence.  It was formerly known as the Renaissance Learning Academy. The school moved to The Els Center of Excellence campus opening on August 14, 2017 in the Shanken Education Wing for the 2017-2018 school year.

Where do I find detailed information about the schools at The Els Center of Excellence including; admission information, transportation, after-school programs, and summer camps? 

To information and to apply for the Lower School, please go to: http://www.thelearningcenter.org

To apply to the Upper School, please go to: http://www.rlacademy.net

Will you have Programs and Services open to the public or will the services only be for the students at the school?

Various programs and services are open to the public including after-school enrichment classes, Saturday enrichment programs, and early intervention services. For more information on these programs, please visit the Progams & Services section of our website or contact the Foundation’s Director of Programs and Operations, Dr. Marlene Sotelo at marlene.sotelo@elsforautism.org

What Programs and Services will The Els Center of Excellence offer for adults with ASD?

The Els Center of Excellence will have a full-service adult transition building in the coming years. Until that time, The Center will offer various programs to meet the needs of adults on the spectrum. For more information on these programs, please visit the Adult Services page on our website or contact the Foundation’s Director of Programs and Operations, Dr. Marlene Sotelo at marlene.sotelo@elsforautism.org

Can I tour The Els Center of Excellence campus?

Monthly tours of The Els Center of Excellence are offered . To register for a tour, click here.

How can I found out more on meeting and conference space rental options at The Els Center of Excellence?

Meeting and conference space is available to rent on The Els Center of Excellence campus.  Available locations include:

  • Auditorium – capacity 300
  • Golf Course Facility – capacity 300
  • 3 meeting/conference rooms – capacity 40/each
  • Courtyard – capacity 500
  • Teleconferencing
  • Coming this fall – Sensory Arts Garden and Pavilion (meal seating to 96)

To book your next meeting or conference at The Els Center of Excellence, please visit our Book an Event page.

Who do I contact regarding fundraising activities?

Learn more about our fundraising events, here. For questions, contact the Foundation’s Manager of Events & Communications, Nicole Poundstone at: nicole.poundstone@elsforautism.org

Are there opportunities to volunteer?

There are numerous volunteer opportunities.  All volunteers must complete a background check.  If you are interested in volunteering at The Els Center of Excellence, please email the Foundation’s Executive Assistant, Lynda Crate at: lynda.crate@elsforautism.org.

Who should I contact for employment opportunities for Programs and Services not related to the schools?

Please see the Employment Opportunities page on our website for open positions and appropriate contact information. Click here.

Who should I contact to make a donation?

Please see the Donate page on our website or contact the Foundation’s Director of Development, Pam Minelli at: pam.minelli@elsforautism.org