Learning Center Classes

Language Arts
English Strategies I
Open to: Students with IEPs
Prerequisite: Approval of Learning Center case manager
Length: Year-long
Students gain essential literacy skills in reading, writing, and spelling such as: decoding: dividing multisyllabic words into parts, using background knowledge to visualize reading passages, literally comprehending, writing simple and compound sentences, and writing for personal expression.

English Strategies II
Open to: Students with IEPs
Prerequisite: Approval of Learning Center case manager
Length: Year-long
Students gain competence in literacy skills in reading and writing such as: paraphrasing: summarizing text, inferentially comprehending: questioning, predicting, drawing conclusions, using background knowledge to visualize reading passages, writing simple, compound, and complex sentences and paragraphs, expanding academic vocabulary, spelling, and writing for personal expression.

English Strategies III
Open to: Students with IEPs
Prerequisite: Approval of Learning Center case manager
Length: Year-long
Students gain additional literacy skills in reading and writing such as: analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating literature, expanding academic vocabulary, spelling, writing essays and research papers, preparing oral presentations, writing for personal expression, and writing for different purposes

English Strategies IV
Open to: Students with IEPs
Prerequisite: Approval of Learning Center case manager
Length: Year-long
The purpose of the course is to address the reading and writing needs of graduating seniors, and to broaden their understanding and appreciation of the literary arts. The students will learn reading strategies to increase comprehension and retention, the elements and process of writing, and when and how to access specific strategies to accomplish a reading or writing task given a context. In addition, the students will develop the ability to interpret and evaluate complex works of literature. Methods will include graphic organizers, direct instruction, group discussion, writing assignments, and other strategies.

Literacy
Open to: Students with IEPs in the Autism Program
Prerequisite: Approval of Learning Center case manager
Length: Year-long
In this course students will develop their functional reading, writing, and listening skills. Students gain entry-level literacy skills in reading and writing such as: decoding: breaking words into sound parts, recognizing and spelling sight words, building a basic reading vocabulary, improving reading & listening comprehension, reading fluently: single words flowing into phrases, and writing fluently: writing simple sentences.

Post Secondary Strategies I
Open to: Students with IEPs
Prerequisite: Approval of Learning Center case manager
Length: Year-long
This course aims to support students in becoming functional, independent, strategic, critical readers, writers, listeners, and speakers who communicate effectively in various forms, for various purposes, and for various audiences. This course covers the skills of decoding, reading fluency, vocabulary development, functional word recognition across all 5 transition areas, and reading comprehension strategies. The course also covers functional writing skills including fundamentals in sentence writing, and writing as it applies to the 5 transition areas.

Mathematics
Daily Living/Consumer Math Strategies I
Open to: Students with IEPs in the Autism program
Prerequisite: Approval of Learning Center case manager
Length: Year-long
Students will develop a functional understanding of basic math concepts, basic operations, and problem solving strategies as they explore real life application of concepts related to addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Daily Living/Consumer Math Strategies II
Open to: Students with IEPs in the Life Skills program
Prerequisite: Approval of Learning Center case manager
Length: Year-long
Students will develop a functional understanding of basic math concepts, basic operations, and problem solving strategies as they explore real life application of concepts related to addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The course will focus heavily on concepts related to money, measurement, fractions and mastery of percents. The course will teach calculator skills across all areas of the course.

Basic Math Strategies
Open to: Students with IEPs
Prerequisite: Approval of Learning Center case manager
Length: Year-long
Students will develop an understanding of basic math concepts, basic operations, and problem-solving strategies as they increase fluency/automaticity of basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts, increase skills in working with basic fractions, decimals and percents, develop an understanding of place value to millions, understand/use basic calculator functions, solve one-step story problems, including money problems, gain knowledge of measurement concepts such as area, perimeter and time, acquire knowledge of geometric angles and shapes, and improve their ability to recognize patterns.

Math Strategies 1
Open to: Students with IEPs
Prerequisite: Approval of Learning Center case manager
Length: Year-long
Students will continue to develop understanding and application of arithmetic and make connections to algebra and other mathematical concepts such as: review basic math computation and problem-solving skills, compute fractions (like, unlike and mixed number), improve understanding of concepts in decimals, percents and fractions—and how they interrelate, improve understanding of fraction concepts related to algebra and geometry, money application problem-solving, obtain knowledge of pre-algebra concepts, increase knowledge of basic geometry concepts, rounding numbers, estimation, statistics and probability, practice interpreting tables, graphs, charts (data analysis), increase calculator use skills, and prepare for MCA II math test.

Math Strategies 2
Open to: Students with IEPs
Prerequisite: Approval of Learning Center case manager
Length: Year-long
Students will continue to build on the math concepts and skills acquired in Math Strategies Course I such as: review properties of numbers and operations, learn to solve basic algebraic equations including ratio, proportion, variables and equations, application of geometry to measurement, increase knowledge of geometric concepts, data collection and analysis, create/interpret graphs, plot data and date analysis, problem-solving using multiple steps, and prepare for MCA II math test.

Transition Courses
Adult and Family Living
Open to: Students with IEPs
Prerequisite: Approval of Learning Center case manager
Length: Year-long
This course stresses the acquisition of social skills for setting appropriate life goals and becoming responsible, respectful adults. The course will cover these ideas as they relate to family, friendship, peer pressure, dating, healthy versus unhealthy relationships, STD‘s, lifestyle and goal planning, and sexual behaviors. This course stresses the acquisition of skills for understanding child development and responsible parenting. It will include units on Prenatal Stages/ Development, Child Development Stages, Discipline Methods, Roles of Parents, Qualities of a good parent, and various types of parent-child relationships.

Career Exploration
Open to: Students with IEPs and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Prerequisite: Approval of Learning Center case manager
Length: Year-long
Students explore a variety of jobs and learn essential job skills by working at tasks in the school building, and at non-paid job sites in the community. Office skills, assembly, disassembly, maintenance, recycling and other entry-level employment opportunities are explored.

Careers Planning
Open to: Students with IEPs
Prerequisite: Approval of Learning Center case manager
Length: Year-long
This course is for students who will benefit from becoming familiar with the basics of finding and keeping a job. Students will also learn about a variety of career paths that match their needs and interests. At the end of the course, the students will feel comfortable and prepared to find work that is right for them.

Community Based Vocational Training
Open to: Students with IEPs
Prerequisite: Approval of Learning Center case manager
Length: Year-long or Semester
The primary objective of the exploration and vocational training component is to provide students who are at least 16 years of age with the experience and skills necessary to gain entry level employment and/or additional training in their vocational interest areas. Students will be able to experience and explore the world of work in a variety of community-based settings. Job coaches, professional staff, and community site employees and supervisors will support the students.

Community Exploration
Open to: Students with IEPs, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Life Skills, Resource
Prerequisite: Approval of Learning Center case manager
Length: Year-long (or by semester when offered through Life Skills)
Students in the autism program learn to use public transportation, personal safety in the community, street safety, as well as accessing community resources such as restaurants, stores, banks, post offices, and libraries. Students explore community-based recreation and leisure opportunities, including parks, museums and special community events. Life Skill program students will learn about the kinds of helping resources available to all people in the community including health, employment, legal, housing, social service, recreation, and other common resources. The student will be able to name critical resources, understand their benefits, find contact information, and demonstrate the ability to access the community resource through extended practice in internet use and uses of public transportation resources.

When taught through the Life Skills program, this semester long course teaches students about the kinds of helping resources available to all people in the community including health, employment, legal, housing, social service, recreation, and other common resources. The student will be able to name critical resources, understand their benefits, find contact information, and demonstrate the ability to access the community resource.

Employment Seminar I
Open to: Students with IEPs
Prerequisite: Approval of Learning Center case manager
Length: Semester
This semester long course is primarily for students who have no work experience. This course will cover concepts related to the world of work including the social skills needed to retain a job, exploration of career interests, and an introductory look at job seeking skills. The course will cover the following units in Career Exploration/Personal Skills Inventory, Introduction to Job Seeking Professionalism on the Job, and Social Skills Needed on the Job

Employment Seminar II
Open to: Students with IEPs
Prerequisite: Approval of Learning Center case manager
Length: Semester
This course will take a more in-depth look at job seeking skills including those of self-introduction, completing online and other high quality job applications, interviewing, networking, and development of a work portfolio. The course will develop high frequency job skills including keyboarding, phone etiquette, customer service, filing, and record keeping. The course will also cover critical skills needed to deal with conflict on the job.

Employment Seminar III
Open to: Students with IEPs in Life Skills
Prerequisite: Approval of Learning Center case manager
Length: Year-long
This course is designed for upper level students who have had Curriculum Based Vocational Training experience and are ready to search for jobs independently. A Teacher Coordinator of Work Based Learning oversees the job search process for students, offers assistance where needed, and holds students accountable for demonstrating job search activities. Students who obtain employment during the course meet with staff weekly to review job performance, review learning goals, and reflect upon current job issues. Upon finding employment, students will be enrolled in ―On the Job Training‖ in future quarters.

Exploring Biological Environment
Open to: Students with IEPs
Prerequisite: Approval of Learning Center case manager
Length: Year-long
Exploring the Biological Environment is a year-long course that focuses on the environment of the human body. Students will learn about the major human body systems, the impact of life choices on health/disease, and reproduction and development.

Exploring Earth Environment
Open to: Students with IEPs
Prerequisite: Approval of Learning Center case manager
Length: Semester
Exploring the Environment I is a semester long course that focuses on the most important concepts related to the physical environment that students need to know in order to be safe and to be responsible citizens. Students will learn about different types of dangerous weather and how to be safe in such situations, including dangers related to heat, cold, and water. The impact of human beings on the environment is also addressed including air, water, and land pollution. Students will learn how their personal lifestyle affects their community and world.

Financial Concepts
Open to: Students with IEPs
Prerequisite: Approval of Learning Center case manager
Length: Semester (paired with Employment Seminar I-II)
This semester long course stresses the mastery of basic money management skills as they apply to daily living including understanding your paycheck, creating and following budgets, banking, interest, record keeping, and financial organization skills.

Independent Living
Open to: Students with IEPs
Prerequisite: Approval of Learning Center case manager
Length: Year-long
This course will cover 3 major skill areas students need in order to live independently. The course will provide instruction and activities in searching for an apartment, maintaining a home, and buying and preparing healthy and economic meals.

On The Job Training-OJT (Work Experience)
Open to: Students with IEPs
Prerequisite: Approval of Learning Center case manager
Length: Semester
This course offers students an opportunity to earn high school credits for paid job experiences. Students who have a qualifying paid position may earn credit through a licensed teacher coordinator of work based learning in conjunction with the students case manager.

Personal Mobility
Open to: Students with IEPs
Prerequisite: Approval of Learning Center case manager
Length: Semester (paired with Community Exploration in Life Skills)
Students will acquire practical application in directional thinking and map reading skills while becoming acquainted with the Metro Transit System. Students will also familiarize themselves with other means of transportation (i.e. bike, air, train, etc.) as they explore different types of transportation such as Taxi, train, bike and air travel, understand safety, are able to read and use MTC schedules to and from planned destinations, understand appropriate social interactions and responsibilities in the community, and obtain knowledge of trip planning.

Personal Recreation and Leisure
Open to: Students with IEPs and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Prerequisite: Approval of Learning Center case manager
Length: Year-long
This Recreation/Leisure class with an emphasis on social skill acquisition is designed for students in the autism program and would be co-taught by an autism and DAPE teacher. The class would address social recreation and leisure needs in the community and school environment.

People and Places
Open to: Students with IEPs
Prerequisite: Approval of Learning Center case manager
Length: Semester (paired with Responsible Adulthood/Citizenship)
Students will obtain knowledge of important people and events that shaped our country during specified periods throughout history and that affect our lives today. Study will include important roles that people play in our society, concepts related to geography, and skills to help students understand various cultures within our society and the world.

Responsible Adulthood/Citizenship
Open to: Students with IEPs
Prerequisite: Approval of Learning Center case manager
Length: Semester
Students will obtain knowledge of citizenship skills and learn to apply them to their daily life as they learn about the U.S. Constitution, recognize the three branches of government, its hierarchy, and its role in their life. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the civic duty of voting and the voting process, knowledge of civil and constitutional rights, and understand different forms of government assistance. Students will also work on self-advocacy skills as a part of learning to be responsible adults.

Senior Transition Seminar
Open to: Seniors with transition needs identified through the evaluation process.
Prerequisite: Approval of casemanager
Length: Year-long
This yearlong course will be offered to high school seniors as a review of previously taught transition skills needed in order to live a healthy, safe and independent life. The course covers skills in community exploration, financial responsibility, personal health, and healthy relationships.

Social Success I
Open to: Students with IEPs and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Prerequisite: Approval of Learning Center case manager
Length: Year-long
Students learn to read and understand facial expressions, body language and tone of voice in order to navigate the social world. Idiomatic language, social conventions, manners, and personal space are addressed as students learn appropriate social skills in a variety of school, vocational and community situations.

Social Success II
Open to: Students with IEPs and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Prerequisite: Approval of Learning Center case manager
Length: Year-long
In this course students will develop their social thinking proficiency.

Study Habits
Open to: Students with IEPs
Prerequisite: Approval of Learning Center case manager
Length: Year-long
Study Habits is designed to provide students with needed advocacy and study skills as well as give students time to apply these strategies to homework assignments from various classes. This course focuses on the development of critical thinking skills, academic and social skills as well as independent work habits including self-study routines and self-monitoring skills.