Focus North Transition
The program's mission reflects District 287's commitment to blend district and community resources to effectively support and facilitate the development of independence and self-reliance in each student. Focus provides customized transition programming based on students' areas of high interest in a highly structured, small group instructional setting that allows for flexible scheduling to provide community and vocational-based experiences. Self-regulation, communication interaction, self-advocacy, and life skills are integrated into the curriculum. Focus prepares students for a successful transition to work or post-secondary options to promote reintegration and successful life experiences.
Functional Occupational Curriculum for Unique Students
Edgewood Focus North program serves students during their Transition years, ages 18 to 21. Most students have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and demonstrate significant verbal or physical acting out behavior. The student's ability levels are from average to the gifted range. Students have transition needs: post-secondary education and training, work and independent living as well as the need to develop self-advocacy and social communication skills. Focus students are impacted by chronic mental illness and are more likely to exhibit serious and persistent behavior in the community, home, school, and work.
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