The name Stoa derives from an Ancient Greek architectural name referring to covered walkways or porticos which created a safe, enveloping, protective atmosphere.
It was also the root word for the philosophy of Stoicism which teaches the development of self-control and fortitude as a means of overcoming destructive emotions.
The school will offer individualised education based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), in particular Verbal Behaviour (VB), whilst ensuring a broad and balanced curriculum in line with the Curriculum for Excellence. The prime focus of VB is to develop functional communication and language acquisition. VB also addresses social, play and independence skills. Another key aim of teaching using VB methods is to reduce challenging behaviour and replace this with appropriate functional behaviours. Reducing challenging behaviours allows pupils to access a broad and balanced curriculum. Teaching using VB gives pupils the learning skills they need to achieve their academic potential.