The ABA Academy, Inc.
7555 Claxstrauss Dr
Sarasota FL 34240
The ABA Academy believes that all children are entitled to an education in a setting where they can thrive emotionally, academically, and socially. In collaboration with parents and community partnerships we strive to develop the full potential of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other disabilities. Our programs have a foundation in the evidence-based practice of Applied Behavior Analysis while being tailored to the unique needs of students as individuals.
Our Beliefs:
  • All children are capable of learning.
  • Educational programs should be held accountable to produce outcomes that are socially valuable, functional, and acceptable.
  • If the child cannot learn by the way that we teach, then we must teach in a way the child can learn.
  • Learning can be fun, and not all teaching must be done at a desk.
  • Behavior is simply a means of communication and an opportunity to teach
  • We must utilize teaching procedures and strategies that have a history of research validating their effectiveness.
  • The only acceptable education is an effective education in which parents and teachers work as a team.

The ABA Academy, Inc. will admit students without regard to race, color, national and/or ethnic origin. All students shall have the same rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The school will not discriminate on the basis of race in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships and other administered programs.
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Shelly Swift
Board Chair Shelly Swift
Board Chair Affiliation The ABA Academy, Inc.
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2013
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt 0
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
Impact Statement
The following are accomplishments of our organization in the 2016-2017 school year.
  • New Facility- This was our first full school year in our brand new state of the art building. By relocating to Sarasota from Manatee in a location near I-75 we have become more accessible to parents who travel anywhere from Parrish to Port Charlotte. Our facility is now able to accommodate the sensory, behavioral, and educational needs of our students.
  • Playground- We were successful in our fundraising efforts this year to purchase a brand new playground for our students.
  • Annual Silent Auction- This was the first year we held our own fundraiser, which raised $16,000. This will now be an annual event for our school with the next event on January 27, 2018/
  • Enrollment- We have reached full capacity in our building with an enrollment of 50 students.
These are our goals for the 2017-2018 school year:
  • Building Expansion- We would like to raise money to build 2 additional therapy rooms and an auditorium for our students.
  • Additional Staff- We would like to add an additional board certified behavior analyst to our team.
  • Staff Benefits- We would like to raise enough funding to offer healthcare for our teachers.
Needs Statement

1. Student Scholarships- Many families are burdened with costs of therapy and other essentials for their special needs child and cannot afford to send to them to a private school such as ours. $200 per month would cover the tuition costs for one child for a full school year.

     2. Continuing Education- $4,000
It is extremely important that the staff in our school are qualified not only in the field of Education but also Behavior Analysis to implement interventions that have been scientifically validated. Our teacher salaries range from $28,0000-$36,000 and do not include healthcare so we feel it is important to offer CEU benefits to prevent turn over and maintain the level of quality staff.
3.    Behavioral Therapist- $35,000 

Our program has tripled in size this year and by far our greatest need is always additional staffing to help students with behavior concerns. This staff person would provide support to both our teachers and students which is critical for the success of our program Funding from tuition and the McKay Scholarship does not provide us with enough staffing for the level of severity of disability of our students. We also want our children to progress as quickly as possible and many of them learn best in a one to one teaching environment. It is our goal for the 2017-2018 school year to hire a full time therapist who can work with all the students as needed whether for communication, toilet training, or behavior support. Our goal is for each elementary student ages 4-7 to receive at least one session of one to one therapy per week with the Behavior Therapist who is hired.

Background Statement
The ABA Academy was founded in March 2013 and opened in August 2013. The school started with 8 students and now serves 50 students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and related disabilities. The students have the opportunity to work with the teacher both one to one and in small groups of a maximum of four to six students. This low teacher student ratio provides the students with frequent learning opportunities throughout the school day which is imperative for students with special needs. The clinical director is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and is in the classrooms daily to provide on site guided feedback to teachers and intervene with behaviors of students that may interfere with them reaching their learning potential. We also provide therapists to do in home consultations to help parents with behavior challenges and life skills and hold parent trainings 3-4 times a year.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type Mental Health & Crisis Intervention
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
As CEO of The ABA Academy I am inspired to take action to better lives of students and families with special needs children. Our mission began as the organization saw a need for students to have a small loving atmosphere with staff who were qualified and provided with continuing education and training. Our goal is simple- improve the lives of those affected by Autsim Spectrum Disorders and other developmental delays. With the incidence of Autism rising we saw a need to use our expertize to help the families of our community by providing an education for students where they can thrive academically, socially,  and emotionally.
Shelly Swift MS/BCBA
The ABA Academy is a day school program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and related disabilities ages 3-22. Curriculum is based on the scientific approach of applied behavior analysis and focuses on not only academics but other areas that our students struggle with such as communication, self-care, and social skills. The school has a 4:1 student teacher ratio and is overseen by two Board Certified Behavior Analysts who specialize in Autism.
Budget $400,000
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success
Students attend our program for 6 hours per day to develop communication, social, academic skills, and an overall improved quality of life. Data is collected per student on a daily basis and average gains per student are at 3 new skills per week.
Long Term Success
The ultimate success for each student will be measured by their ability to transition to a less restrictive program upon graduating from our school. Some of our students may be mainstreamed in general education, some will return to the public school system, and others may enter a program that focuses on job skills.
Program Success Monitoring
The success of the program is monitored by an Assessment of Basic Language and Learning (ABLLS) for each student that are completed every 6 months. This assessment measures areas of communication, receptive and expressive language, imitation skills, self care skills, and others. Data is collected on a daily basis for each student and this data is complied, analyzed and reviewed with parents monthly.
Program Success Examples
The ABA Academy opened in August 2013 and at this time has 35 students enrolled. Data collected shows each child has improved in areas of social significance and parents have expressed how the school has helped their children. Our goal is for the children to be able to care for themselves and feel empowered by staff who is empathetic to their needs and trained to increase their skill level.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Shelly Swift
CEO Term Start Mar 2013
CEO/Executive Director Email
Shelly Swift has a Master's of Science in Child and Adolescent Therapy and a Board Certification in Behavior Analysis. She has 16 years experience working directly with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families.  She has experience in business management, billing and coding with insurance pertaining to Autism.    
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 15
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 1
Volunteers 3
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
At this time The ABA Academy collaborates with several community speech and occupational therapy companies that provide services to our students. These agencies are welcome to provide their services to students during school hours in the available one to one therapy rooms. Our school is also seeking to collaborate with agencies that serve the teen and adult population as our students transition out of our school.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Other Documents
Board Chair
Board Chair Shelly Swift
Company Affiliation The ABA Academy, Inc.
Board Term Mar 2013 to Mar 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Linda Patterson Linda Patterson, CPA
Adam Swift Manatee County School Teacher
Shelly Swift The ABA Academy
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 1
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Meeting Attendance % 83
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2018
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $702,501.00
Projected Expenses $636,559.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$425,495$195,235$148,408
Administration Expense$41,521$23,556$651
Fundraising Expense$4,534$1,503$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.101.251.33
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%89%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%1%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$177,411$123,593$68,177
Current Assets$151,338$118,796$63,365
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$10,982$4,216$2,817
Total Net Assets$166,429$119,377$65,360
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountTuition $413,287Government Grants - Unspecified $181,432Program Service Revenue $138,348
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $105,294Federated Campaigns $68,549Contributions, gifts, grants $59,542
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0Tuition $24,262Investment Income $68
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits Yes
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities13.7828.1822.49
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from Federal 990-EZ.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit The ABA Academy, Inc.
Address 7555 Claxstrauss Dr
Sarasota, FL 34240
Phone 941 341-9992