Rise Model Classrooms

The UAH Rise Model Classrooms are unique for many reasons:

Kids in a ball pit


The UAH Rise Model Classrooms maintain a 50:50 ratio of children with and without special needs, creating the optimum learning culture for all young children. The success of this ratio is well documented and Rise Classrooms are considered a natural learning environment for all young children.


The teachers at the UAH Rise Model Classrooms either hold or are working toward a master’s degree, and some of the teacher's assistants have bachelor’s degrees. The program contracts for pediatric physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.

Teacher/child ratio

The classrooms maintain a low teacher-child ratio. This is done to ensure that as many learning opportunities as possible are provided.

Integrated therapy

The UAH Rise Model Classrooms offer occupational, physical, and speech therapies using an integrated service-delivery model. Therapies are provided in the classroom and are embedded into the daily routine to promote the practice of skills throughout the day. Therapists confer with parents and the teacher to discuss recommendations and make referrals for additional therapy services as appropriate.

The UAH Early Learning Center welcomes therapists from Early Intervention into our classrooms.