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About Our School

At Roadrunner, there is a strong belief that every student should experience success in all aspects of their school program, whether academic, vocational, athletic, or artistic. Success in these areas is not solely dependent on a student's academic and physical characteristics, but also on their social and emotional skills. 

At Roadrunner, social skills training can help students who struggle academically and have behavioral issues in school. It has been found to be effective in developing job-related skills in learning disabled and behavior-disordered adolescents.

Roadrunner believes that teaching socialization to school-aged children can be achieved by combining academic and social behaviors in the school curriculum. The school personnel addresses social behavior in all areas of the school each and every day. The school is committed to providing teachers and administrators with theoretical principles and practical approaches to guide their teaching efforts.

The goal of Roadrunner is to develop a model for effective school programs that promote success through teaching social skills. This program is The Boys Town Education Model®.

School Organization

  • Special education, separate facility
  • Program for students with an emotional disability
  • Self-contained multiage classrooms
  • Multisensory approach for reading and math

Instructional Program

  • On-site special education
  • Individual and cooperative instruction
  • Social skills training
  • Adherence to Arizona Academic Standards
  • Multisensory reading and math
  • Emphasis on technology training - grades K-12
  • Teacher trained in the Wilson Reading program

Academic Goals

  • Work continuously on educational and behavioral goals and objectives
  • Implement performance-based assessments
  • Teach social skills through the The Boys Town Education Model ®
  • Teach reading and math through a multi-sensory approach

Success Stories

Many Roadrunner students go on to successfully complete college, trade schools, and nursing schools. The following three students have stood out in their achievements. For privacy purposes, we have omitted their names. 

Only a few years ago, one young man was the second-best punter in the nation. He attended Utah State University.

Another young man became an Indy 500 race winner. He came in first within the last ten years.

A third young man entered the Army, and after a comprehensive background check, he received the highest security clearance one can achieve with our government. He was stationed in Hawaii, decoding messages from foreign countries. This young man attended Roadrunner for almost his entire school career.