Functional Academics

St. Katherine Day School is a Life Skills Program using Functional Academics along with Life Skills Development.

Each student’s curriculum is based on the goals and objectives stated in their Individual Education Plan (IEP).  The methods for achieving each goal are included in the specially designed instruction area of the IEP.

Our functional academic reading program is presented through the Reading Mastery, ELSB, Environmental Print, Read Live, Edmark Reading Series, The Wilson Fundations Series and PCI Sight Word Series along with many other supplementary materials. For students who evidence stronger reading potential, we incorporate reading programs with tapes and directed reading of classical novels and leveled readers to improve reading and comprehension skills.

DSC_6238The TouchMath Program is used to teach and reinforce basic math skills from the earliest levels along with PCI Math Programs that allow for continued reinforcement of basic math skills and to increase money and time skills as well as problem solving.

Life skills are taught and stressed throughout the program.  These include, but are not limited to, dressing, eating, and self-care, social and behavioral skills. In addition at our high schools site, life skills are stressed in the areas of culinary arts, consumer economics, work behavior and additional functional life skills in the use of money and time schedules to be more independent in the community.

We have a Job Coach who works with the students both in the classroom and in actual job sites to help expand their skills for prospective job opportunities.

Each classroom is equipped with 2 or 3computers with internet access.  There are 2 computer labs for student use and instruction and supervised internet access.  In addition, each classroom also has at least 3 iPads for student use.

For detailed information on each classroom, their curriculum and activities see classroom curriculum page.