An example of what makes us proud of our efforts in addressing the needs of all students is the new Transition Program available to some of our students with special needs. Students enrolled in Shorewood’s Transition Program learn how to be successful, self-sufficient and lifelong members of the community. The program focuses on:
• Social Skills
Emphasis on interaction in home, school, social and work settings. Students meet during their two-hour transition block five days a week. For four hours a week they learn and practice how to interact with people in a variety of settings. The remaining transition blocks are used to provide students with an opportunity to use these skills in the community.
• School-Based Businesses
The middle and high schools have school-based businesses staffed by students with special needs. They each have their own snack business, offering affordable healthy snacks to school and community members taking part in after school activities. The students are responsible for inventory, planning, customer service, marketing and cashiering.
• Job Training
With a job coach to provide support and guidance, students are placed at one of the following businesses to learn real life jobs and the inner workings of a business: Bakers Square, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, Culvers, Discovery World, East Castle (Assisted Living Facility), Goody Gourmet, Growing Power, Sendiks, Sesco and Shorewood Auto. With these area partnerships, we are able to extend our classroom teachings into the community and offer our students an authentic experience.
• Home Community
Concentrates on students learning life skills needed to be successful in life by incorporating real-life skills, such as cooking and housekeeping, in the school setting.
View the Transition Program Facebook page here.
Check out this video highlighting our program!