STARS Overview

The STARS program (SASED’s Teaching for Autism: Reflecting Success) offers a highly structured learning environment using an evidence based curriculum that incorporates comprehensive best practice strategies for students on the Autism spectrum.  STARS classrooms provide discrete programming and education for children in Early Childhood through 6th grade who require intensive instruction and individualized intervention.  Research-based methodologies from the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) serve as the foundation for designing each student’s individualized cognitive, social, emotional and behavioral learning plan. STARS classrooms only serve students from the 18 SASED member districts.


Students are determined to be eligible for the SASED STARS program through the IEP process in their home districts.  SASED programs are just one option in the continuum of supports, services and placements available to meet a student’s needs.

Curriculum and Instruction

The STARS program offers highly structured learning environments using an evidence based curriculum that incorporates comprehensive best practice strategies with the goal of individualizing instructional planning across academic, behavioral, communication and emotional goals.  Teachers and staff provide direct instruction in the areas of: language, academics, behavior, and socialization, along with enrichment opportunities for supported generalization within inclusive settings. Staff collect ongoing, systematic data for determining individualized programming and for monitoring academic and behavioral progress.  The STARS team members consider independence as an important goal toward optimal development.


SASED has made more information and resources available to community members, families, district representatives and professional staff.  Guests and families can access information through the Parent Resources link at the top of this page.  SASED district administrators and professional staff can access forms and information through the MySASED portal at the top of the page.

Contact Information

For additional information about STARS, please contact: