Mrs. Deborah Petitto


The Arlington School is the realization of a long time dream of Mrs. Deborah Petitto.  After thirty-five years of teaching in the private sector, often in difficult settings, Mrs. Petitto created The Arlington School in 1999.  Her vision was of a school for those students who want to learn, but who have become frustrated by lack of individual attention or other problems found in a larger school setting. 

Mrs. Petitto holds a Master's Degree in Special Education/Emotional Conflict from the University of Alabama at Birmingham; a Master's Degree in Afro American Studies from Boston University; and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Secondary Education from the University of Alabama.

Mrs. Petitto's vision was of a school where students look forward to learning;  where students who have been told repeatedly that they cannot learn are given the opportunity to succeed; where every student is challenged and supported; where every student is respected and feels comfortable to be himself. 

The accomplishments of former Arlington students are a testimony to the success of The Arlington School.  Graduates of the school have excelled in a variety of vocations, including teachers, college professors, television producers, actors, artists, nutritionists, and members of the business world.


Click the button below to read an article written by Mrs. Petitto about the value of the small school.