Education and Methodologies


Golden Key School Educational Programs

As an accredited charter school, Golden Key School provides:

  • One-on-one educational services specific to a child’s IEP.
  • Direct intervention for behavioral needs and general skills.
  • Additional individualized services for cognitive skill development and/or required therapy services (Specific program development and individual tutor hours established based on child’s need and family financial ability).

The Golden Key specializes in Intervention Services for students with special needs. Small group sizes, smaller student teacher ratios, and specialized training are the hallmarks of our services.

Specialized services are provided year round for students in the Preschool Intervention and Pre-K Intervention classrooms, and are provided on a typical school calendar for students in K – 8th grade.

As a provider of the Autism Scholarship and the Jon Peterson Scholarship, the students’ educational programming and therapy needs are financially covered. Acceptance into these programs is required through Ohio Department of Education.

Golden Key School Educational MethodologiesThe main goal for our population of students with disabilities is to create an environment which is least restrictive while also providing the proper level of support for their learning and behavioral needs.  This requires continual analysis that the services provided are within Best Practices for Students with Disabilities.  Student Achievement, Financial and Operational Measures provide accountability for meeting state standards and ensure high-quality education.


Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Golden Key Educational MethodologiesABA is effective in reducing disruptive behaviors, as well as effective in teaching commonly deficient skills.  The Golden Key’s belief is that all children have the right to an individually designed program, with early, intensive and planned intervention. The ABA methodology and Discrete Trial Teaching as the teaching method provides that systematic and successful approach.

The primary instructional methods in the preschool programming for special needs services is Discrete Trial Teaching. It is the teaching process used to develop most skills, including cognitive, communication, play, social and self-help skills.

Pyramid Approach to Learning & PECS

The Golden Key staff is directly trained by The Pyramid Education Consultants to perform these intense education and fundamental approaches in the classrooms.

The Pyramid Approach emphasizes the why, the how and the what behind education, behavior and functional perspective.

The primary goal of PECS is to teach functional communication. Often times those on the Autism Spectrum or other developmental disabilities are unable to communicate directly or even in a reciprocal manner.

What is an ESY and how can it help your child?

An ESY is a specialized instruction program or a related service that are part of your child’s Individual Education Program (IEP).

Since they’re matched to a child’s IEP, the services are individualized to help each child maintain his/her skills and not lose the progress they’ve made toward their goals. For some kids, this may mean one-on-one tutoring. For others it may be a few sessions of occupational therapy or speech therapy each week. What ESY looks like for your child is a decision made by you and the IEP team

Other Key Methodologies

Other key services include our Preschool Intervention, Non-Public Charter School-age Program, and our Onsite Therapists.

Google Classroom

Google Classroom

The Golden Key utilizes the Google Classroom as its technology platform.

This HIPPA compliant and secure program allows for our students to have access to the appropriate education if a remote school is put in place. Each classroom is designated its own link to allow for teachers, therapist and intervention specialist to connect with families.

Please see your student’s teacher to receive the appropriate Google Classroom Link and your student’s Golden Key Email.

Note: A Golden Key Email address is required for each student at The Golden Key.

Private Tuition Payments

The Golden Key Center for Exceptional Children Inc., provides various programs that are not covered by the Ohio Choice Scholarships. Payments for these services are made via Tuition Express®. Please follow the link to set up your personal Tuition Express payment account.