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What is The Els Center of Excellence?

The Els Center of Excellence is a project of the Els for Autism Foundation. It’s a world-class facility hosting leading-edge programs and services based in Jupiter, FL.  The 26-acre campus is on track to be a game-changing resource in the field of autism and a leading example of what can be available to individuals on the spectrum.  Donations in support of The Center should be made out to Els for Autism.

What is 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.

Where is the The Els Center of Excellence located?

18370 Limestone Creek Road, Jupiter, Florida 33458  See Map

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

Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) ages 16 months through adulthood are served through a variety of Programs and Services. Many of the programs are 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 or the Foundations Director of Clinical Services, Erin Brooker Lozott, at erin.lozott@elsforautism.org

When did The Els Center of Excellence open?

The Els Center of Excellence campus opened in August of 2015.

What is on the The Els Center of Excellence’s campus?

Today the campus is comprised of four buildings:

  • The Center’s administrative building, which houses its auditorium and conference center
  • The Learning Center, a tuition-free, Palm Beach County charter school serving students with autism ages 3 to 14
  • The Learning Academy, a tuition-free, Palm Beach Country charter school serving students with autism ages 14 to 21
  • Pavilion, used as a multipurpose classroom/studio for art shows and other gatherings

Additionally, on the campus are:

  • Golf Course Facility
  • Sensory Arts Garden

Fundraising continues to secure funding for the Sports, Medical and Research, and Adult Services Facilities.

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? 

For information and to apply to The Learning Center, please go to: http://www.thelearningcenter.org

For information and to apply to The Learning Academy, please go to: http://www.tlacad.org

Do you have Programs and Services open to the public or are the services only for the students at the schools?

Various programs and services are open to the public including after-school enrichment classes, therapy programs including early intervention services. For detailed information on these programs, please visit the Progams & Services section of this website or contact the Foundation’s Director of Programs and Operations, Dr. Marlene Sotelo, at marlene.sotelo@elsforautism.org or the Foundations Director of Clinical Services, Erin Brooker Lozott, at erin.lozott@elsforautism.org

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

Els for Autism Foundation offers various programs to meet the needs of adults on the spectrum. For more information on these programs, please visit the Adult Services page on this website or contact the Foundation’s Adult Services Manager, Dr. Kerri Morse, at kerri.morse@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 find 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
  • Sensory Arts Garden
  • Pavilion

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 and events?

Learn more about our fundraising events, here. For questions contact:

Julia Book, Events and Marketing Coordinator
Email: julia.book@elsforautism.org
Phone: 561-320-9484

or

Paige Scollard, Events Coordinator
Email: paige.scollard@elsforautism.org
Phone:561-320-9532

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