We offer a varied curriculum with options designed to meet each ASD student’s goals and needs. Our curriculum is grounded in evidence-based principles – approaches that have quantifiably demonstrated success – and is guided by people-centered Individualized Education Program (IEP) development practices.
Our academic programs are tailored to the characteristics and needs of each student, adapting to the constantly evolving needs of adolescents and young adults.
The curriculum includes instruction in life skills, academics, social interaction, and career/vocational preparation within the context of developmentally appropriate, respectful support.
Within these four areas, the student and parents/family, together with a multidisciplinary team of educators and clinicians working in concert, will determine appropriate goals for each student.
Individual education programs will vary from rigorous academic preparation for college, to learned skills for independent living and future employment, depending on the student’s developmental capacity.
Distinctive Integrated Learning Experience
Consistent instruction permeates each student’s program, with skills learned in class reinforced seamlessly across campus. Each student’s team of clinicians, teachers, and student-life staff support the student’s education and treatment program, not only in the classroom, but in residential areas, in the dining hall, on the fields, at the farm, and within the neighboring community.
An integral component of our program focuses on developing competency in self-determination and self-advocacy. Critical skills for becoming an independent adult, such as executive functioning, cooperative work, organization, time management, and task completion are interwoven throughout day and evening activities.
The learning environment is structured to monitor student progress, adapt and modify objectives and strategies as needed, and ensure teacher accountability. As students continue to grow into adulthood, increasing emphasis is placed upon relationship building through trust and respect.
We use a strength-based model, which fosters positive interpersonal relationships within a supportive and nurturing setting. It can move mountains and have a powerful impact.
When students feel safe, are aware of the parameters of acceptable and expected behavior, and receive motivating and exciting instruction geared toward their abilities and interests, they learn.