The Arbor School was founded as The Arbor Pre-School in 1988 by Suzanne Cuthbertson, her husband, James, and her daughter, Jeanine Bird. When she retired as Director of Special Services from the Spring Independent School District, Mrs. Cuthbertson recognized that there was a significant gap in intensive, educational services for young children with developmental delays; especially from birth to age three.
Using personal funds, the Cuthbertson and Bird families rented the School’s first building. Until 1993, all expenses not covered by tuition were paid by the Cuthbertson and Bird families.
In 1992, the School was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. In 1993, the first Development Board was established. The Arbor has continued to grow and, because of the ever-present demand for intensive special education services, currently serves children from birth through age eighteen.