In addition to providing non-public school campuses for students with differing abilities, Spectrum Center also partners with public school districts to provide dedicated classrooms within public schools.
In these on-site Collaborative Classrooms, Spectrum Center provides individualized services to students with autism, developmental disabilities, emotional disorders and behavioral challenges within a district setting.
Collaborative Classrooms allow students with special needs to remain in their home district and help them transition back into their district programs, while receiving the services they require to be successful learners and transition to life after school. These services include:
- functional and academic assessments
- IEP development
- behavior analysis
- behavior intervention plan development (BIP)
- social skills development
- transition education
- vocational training
Collaborative Classrooms allow students to participate in social, academic and recreational activities with typically developing peers in a least restrictive environment (LRE) at their district school.
Collaborative Classrooms also help schools meet state mandates by providing specially trained staff to instruct students with special needs and help transition them back into their public school programs.
District Program Transition
To assist students in their transition into district programs, on-site Collaborative Classrooms provide the following components:
- participation in structured academic and social activities, such as lunch and recess activities, with their peers
- IEP team coordination to determine additional supports and transition opportunities where the student will be successful (PE, electives, academic classes)
- reverse mainstreaming in younger classes
- peer buddies and peer mentors in older classrooms
- inclusion in assemblies and field trips with the campus student body