Gersh Academy at Cougar Mountain is the first school for Autism and Aspergers in the country that is attached to a fully-functioning zoo


Gersh Academy at Cougar Mountain

Gersh Academy at Cougar Mountain is a 22,000 squarefoot facility located in the heart of Issaquah, Washington located on the grounds of the Cougar Mountain Zoo

Meet Gersh

Est. 1999: School for children on the autism spectrum ages 5-21 years

Our vision at Gersh Academy is a world where individuals on the autism spectrum are empowered to thrive.
With over 25 years of experience in education, we provide our students an environment where programs and services are customized around their individual needs, allowing them to reach their full potential academically, socially and emotionally.

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The First of its Kind

Gersh Academy is proud to launch its first school on the West Coast adjacent to the Cougar Mountain Zoo.

Gersh Academy at Cougar Mountain will be the first school for children with autism in the country that has a zoo on campus! Research has shown introducing an animal to children with ASD can promote a more relaxed environment and result in a reduction of stress, anxiety, and irritation. Social behaviors have been shown to improve after even a short play period with a live animal. Bonding with an animal can also improve physical, mental, and social difficulties.

94% of ASD familes with pets say their child has a 'strong bond' with their pet.

83% of parents claim their child showed a 'noticable improvement' when engaging in Animal-Assisted Therapies.

Children with ASD showed a 43% decrease in skin conductance responses in the presence of animals.

Creating a world where children with autism are empowered to thrive.

The Puget Sound region is known worldwide for producing industry-leading technology, world-class health care, and a culture that values quality education for all. Gersh Academy is proud to bring its unique, student-focused approach to the greater Seattle area as an invaluable resource to the many children in the region who are living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

With more than 25 years of experience, Gersh Academy offers a comprehensive approach, including educational services, unique therapies, and resources tailored to children with ASD. Refer to the main section of this website for more information on programs and services offered by Gersh Academy.

Find Us

Gersh Academy
at Cougar Mountain

5410 194th Ave SE
Issaquah, Washington 98027

Our Other Locations

Gersh Academy
West Hempstead Campus

307 Eagle Ave
West Hempstead, NY 11552

Gersh Academy
San Juan
2052 McLeary Avenue
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00911

Gersh Academy
Isabela, Puerto Rico 00662

Gersh Academy
Orocovis, Puerto Rico 00720