Students in classroom
"In order to treat some persons equally, we must treat them differently."

— Harry A. Blackman,
Supreme Court Justice
Students in classroom

Whom We Serve

The courses and administrative guides available are designed for individuals who receive special education services and are considered higher functioning students with diagnoses involving intellectual and learning challenges. The courses focus on students who would have difficulty navigating in a traditional high school or college classroom and attain scores below the typical range on specific standardized tests of intellectual ability and academic performance.

Students using this curriculum have included those within the autism spectrum, high functioning, multiple learning disorders involving reading, mathematics, and expressive writing, and developmental or cognitive disabilities.

Typical Student Characteristics

  • Difficulty with a typical high school or college curriculum even with the availability of disability and support services
  • Difficulty with cognitive organization and decision-making
  • Difficulty processing or storing information and/or may receive information inaccurately
  • A reading level of approximately fifth to eighth grade with mathematics usually at a lower level
  • Has concrete thought patterning skills, but difficulty with abstract thinking
  • Challenged executive functioning skills, such as self-monitoring, physical organization, etc.
  • A maturity level which is not consistent with the chronological age (many function at a mid-teen level of maturity with a tendency towards personal hyper-focusing)
  • Needing clear directions, structure and outcomes
  • Difficulty with being resourceful about themselves (e.g. students may have difficulty internalizing past experiences and projecting those experiences and consequences into the future)
  • A history of pretending to understand things in class
  • Poor testing skills and a fear of tests
"The most important function of education at any level is to develop the personality of the individual and the significance of his life to himself and to others. This is the basic architecture of a life; the rest is ornamentation and decoration of the structure."

— Grayson Kirk, American Educator