About Us

Located in Leesburg, Virginia, the historic Paxton property has been serving children and families in need for 90 years.

In 1922, founder Rachel Paxton had a vision to turn her home and property into safe and welcoming environment for underprivileged families. Over the years, the property had served as a convalescent center, daycare, and an orphanage.

In 1967, a group of parents whose children had special needs formed The Arc of Loudoun, a 501(c)3 organization, to start a preschool for their children when no one else would.

In 2009, those two visions combined, when The Arc of Loudoun moved to Paxton. Since then, The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus has grown into a full-service organization with multiple programs that together provide an integrated and innovative learning environment for children of all ages and abilities.

Our growing list of programs include:

  • Open Door Learning Center
  • The Aurora School
  • ALLY Advocacy Center
  • Advantage Behavior Clinic
  • Ability Fitness Center

Special needs students are children first with all of the needs, desires, and feelings of children without disabilities. Our programs and services enable children to grow into adulthood and move out into the world with skills and confidence.

At The Arc of Loudoun at Paxton Campus, it is our mission to maximize the potential of children while supporting families and individuals with disabilities so that they may thrive in the community.

Programs on the campus include The Aurora SchoolOpen Door Learning Center preschool; ALLY Advocacy Center (“A Life Like Yours”) Advocacy Center; and BRAND NEW THIS YEAR Advantage Behavior Clinic and Ability Fitness Center all devoted to serving people with disabilities and their families, as well as helping children of all abilities thrive in our community.

The Aurora School, a private day school licensed by the Virginia Department of Education, teaches students with special needs, particularly those with Autism.  Currently we are at our maximum attendance with 35 students, from ages 5 to 22 years old, from all over the Greater Washington Area.  Open Door Learning Center is a preschool that serves children with and without disabilities. “A Life Like Yours” ALLY Advocacy Center fills the unmet needs of the community by providing free information on disability rights, guidance, support, events, and workshops to families and caretakers of those with disabilities and the professionals who work with them. Advantage Behavior Clinic provides individualized therapeutic options for children with autism and other related disabilities, with a specialized curriculum focused on verbal behavior and increasing social interactions. Ability Fitness Center is therapeutic fitness and wellness center with expert clinicians and specialized equipment that will provide access to innovative, customized, and activity based interventions for people with neurologic and developmental disabilities.