In addition to providing non-public school campuses for students with differing abilities, Spectrum Center also partners with public school districts to provide dedicated programs within public schools.
Spectrum also partners with public school districts to provide programs on their campuses. These Collaborative Programs are open to students whose needs are met in this type of setting and are approved as non-public schools by the California Department of Education.
In these on-site Collaborative Programs, Spectrum Center provides specialized academic instruction services to students with autism, developmental disabilities, emotional disorders and behavioral challenges.
Collaborative Program 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 Programs 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 for younger students
- peer buddies and peer mentors for older students
- inclusion in assemblies and field trips with the campus student body