Published: Sep 17, 2010 7:23 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 17, 2010 4:23 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Eden Autism Services, is officially opening its new school for children with autism in Fort Myers.

Eden has operated a school for children and young adults with autism in Naples for several years that serves families from all around Southwest Florida, including several from Fort Myers.

At the same time, Eden has seen the need for its school geared toward students with autism grow. With these things in mind, Eden decided to open a new school that could both accommodate more students and serve Fort Myers families closer to home.

A dozen students from Fort Myers enrolled in the school prior to its completion and have been taking classes at the Naples school for several weeks.

September 20 will be their first day in the Fort Myers location.

The primary difference between Eden Florida schools and other area schools is that it is a private school where the student to teacher ratio ranges from 1:1 to 6:1. This enables teachers to tailor their curriculum and teaching pace to meet the students’ needs and abilities.