The daily routine and schedule, mentoring opportunities, and assessment procedures are all personalized and look different for each student in our therapeutic program. We focus on interest-led, skills-based activities for the students, just as we do with the students in our social entrepreneurial program, but here in the therapeutic program, we provide a more intense level of support.
At LiHigh School, our educational model is also based on the idea of the “Community as the Classroom.” Our therapeutic students benefit greatly from connecting with adults in the community. They develop their functional life skills, including learning how to locate realistic sources of occupation, complying with directions and regulations, managing their personal finances, maintaining a household, purchasing and preparing food, caring for clothing, maintaining their hygiene, practicing responsible citizenship, etc. We’ve seen that our students are much more successful in the community than they’ve ever been in the classroom, and this gives them the transition skills they’ll need after they graduate from LiHigh School.
A lot of people have asked what curriculum we use at LiHigh School, but we believe that education doesn’t begin with the curriculum; it begins with the student. We make adaptations and accommodations based on the student’s individual needs, ensuring that each student receives the most benefit from their education. We build the personal curriculum from a diverse range of resources. It might sound eclectic, and it is, but more importantly, it’s personalized.
Given the varied needs of our student population, we use a plethora of education tools and approaches, including (but not limited to):
- Individual instruction
- Small group instruction
- Cooperative learning
- Peer tutoring
- Hands-on learning
- Community-based instruction
- Adapted curricula
- Self-guided instruction and evaluation
- Service learning
- Mentorship and apprenticeships
The special educator monitors the ongoing achievement of each student to ensure the student’s unique curriculum design connects with the IEP goals and objectives. Through this personalized instruction and daily monitoring, all students at LiHigh School have the opportunity to receive their high-school diploma, either from LiHigh School or from their sending school.