About Us

Educational Services of America (ESA) provider of alternative and special education for students who are at risk of dropping out and for students with special needs.

ESA is the nation’s leading provider of behavior therapy and alternative and special education programs for children and young adults. ESA offers children and young people the opportunity to create successful, independent futures by providing behavioral and educational supports to help them reach their full potential.

We work with more than 13,500 clients and students each day across its three divisions. They are: Early Autism Project, which provides behavior therapy to children who have an autism spectrum or related disorder; Ombudsman Educational Services, which partners with more than 120 school districts to provide alternative education programs to students who have dropped out of school or are at risk of dropping out; and Spectrum Center Schools and Programs, which partners with more than 115 school districts to operate schools and programs.


ESA’s mission is to provide personalized, evidence-based educational services for non-traditional learners in collaboration with families and public school districts.



As a private company, ESA has access to capital and other resources that allow it to focus on educating students in the most effective, efficient way possible without having to divert attention and resources to ongoing fund raising.  It has used its financial strength to grow quality programs through public school partnerships and expand its platform through strategic acquisitions.


Strategic Service Areas

ESA operates three service divisions—Early Autism Project (EAP), Ombudsman Educational Services and Spectrum Center Schools and Programs.

Early Autism Project

Early Autism Project (EAP), Inc., is a leading provider of home-, clinic- and school-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for children and young adults aged 20 months to 21 years with autism spectrum and related disorders. Working in close collaboration with parents and education professionals, EAP develops customized ABA therapy programs and equips each child’s home, clinic or school team with the training and supervision necessary for high-quality, consistent teaching and behavioral intervention. For more than 10 years, EAP has offered intensive, research-based behavioral treatment that yields best outcomes for children.


Ombudsman Educational Services

Many public school districts partner with Ombudsman to provide alternative programs for dropout prevention and credit recovery. Ombudsman students are at risk of not graduating because they may have missed too many school days, lack credits, or have academic challenges or adult responsibilities that keep them from being successful in a traditional school environment. Nationwide, more than 80 percent of Ombudsman students graduate, earn necessary credits or return to their district school closer to or at grade level. This number is significant, as many Ombudsman students are considered at risk when entering the program.


Spectrum Center Schools and Programs

ESA also operates Spectrum Center Schools and Programs. This division serves children and young adults aged five to 22 who have autism spectrum disorders, developmental delays, emotional disturbances, behavioral challenges or other special needs. Spectrum provides supplemental special education to public schools by operating nonpublic schools for students with special needs, as well as special education classrooms within public school buildings.


The growth in each of these service areas reflects a national increase in the demand for alternative and special needs education programming. With increased awareness of special needs, higher diagnosis rates and the heightened interest among public school systems to provide special programs, demand for ESA’s strategic service areas continues to grow.



We partner with more than 250 public school districts in 23 states to serve 13,000 students each year in more than 160 schools and programs.