Special Education Teachers teach collaboratively in classrooms with academic teachers and teach subjects in small class settings as well. At Valley Central High School there are three 12:1:1 classrooms: Basic Skills (Grade 9/10), Basic Skills (Grade 11/12), and Life Skills (Grade 9-12). The purpose of the three classrooms is to promote independence and prepare students for employment directly after high school.
Basic Skills: Grade 9/10
In the Grade 9/10 Basic Skills classroom, students focus on functional academics in the morning and spend the afternoons learning skills that will foster independence and, hopefully, lead to gainful employment as adults. Students practice these vital skills at the student-run business, Sweet Treat Café, and other school-based vocational tasks such as assisting in the cafeteria kitchen and library, delivering photocopies to staff, and leading a schoolwide recycling program.
Basic Skills: Grade 11/12
Students in Grade 11/12 Basic Skills classroom spend the morning focused on academic subjects. After lunch, they participate in a district-run vocational program called Student V.O.I.C.E. (Viking Occupational Independent Community Employee). Students split their time between community job sites and soft skills instruction at ALC.
The Life Skills classroom is a mixture of Grade 9-12 students. Students in this classroom focus on functional academics, daily living skills, and important life skills tailored to meet each student’s needs and designed to foster independence at a variety of levels. Students in the Life Skills classroom participate in a student-run business called Café 113, in which they cook and prepare food and then sell to faculty and staff on Fridays. Throughout the year, students also participate in numerous field trips within the community and surrounding areas.