At Spectrum, we know true learning occurs when behavior and academics are given equal priority. Our learning environments are designed to provide that balance and structure, regardless of grade level or qualifying condition, including disabilities such as autism, emotional/behavioral disabilities and other disabilities. Our classrooms are tailored to the students’ individualized needs and ensure independence in the areas of academic, behavioral, communication, therapeutic and transition services.
Anonymous Transition Program
During our graduation ceremony, he got to speak, and in doing so, he thanked the staff for believing in him when others did not. When we spoke afterward, he told me that he used to get mad at me because he tried to get me to hate him, but I would come every day saying, “Hello, when you’re ready to talk I’ll be waiting.” So, he gave in eventually because I wouldn’t leave him alone. Crying, he gave me a hug and said that he would miss me and told me to keep helping people like him graduate and move on.
Students in our early learner classrooms participate in a play-based, social skills-based, creative learning environment. Our students become a part of a small learning community where individual goals are embedded into age-appropriate learning activities. Aligned with state standards and based on early childhood learning domains, our early learner classrooms create a vibrant and student-centered program for children to thrive.
Functional Skills/Behavior Support Classroom
Students in our behavior support/functional skills classrooms are exposed to academic core content and instruction for independence in daily living skills that will prepare students for adult transition. Success is achieved when there is deep collaboration between families, the school campus, and the referring district. We focus on building socially appropriate behaviors while developing communication and social skills, academic skills, adaptive living skills, and vocational skills. Progress is personal, and we celebrate the skills each student acquires toward reaching their individual goals.
Academic Skills Classroom
Students in our academic skills classrooms get the therapeutic support needed while completing course credits for a district diploma. With a focus on grade-level proficiency, our academic classrooms create a meaningful blend of academic, behavioral, and therapeutic services. Students enrolled in our Academic classrooms may have disabilities such as emotional and behavior disorders or specific learning disabilities. Spectrum uses evidence-based practices to build a positive, respectful culture that promotes social and academic success. Spectrum uses Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) as a proactive approach to promoting social and academic success and building a positive school culture that helps students achieve individualized learning goals.
Not all students are the same, and Spectrum Center recognizes that many students need a further customized program. Our integrated classrooms strategically blend select practices from the functional skills classroom and academic skills classroom environments, to create a unique learning and relevant learning experience for each student.