South Valley School’s primary focus is to instruct and assist students to achieve individual success. Below are descriptions and requirements of our two programs – part-time and full-time.
Part-Time and Full-Time Program Decriptions
Program requirements for prospective students:
-Must qualify for special education services
-Have not yet received a High School Diploma
-Between the ages of 18-22, after completion of their senior year in High School
Full-Time Students can expect to receive services in the following areas:
Students typically spend a portion of their day in a classroom setting. Here they spend their time working on skills such as:
Cooking, shopping and meal planning
Basic computer skills
Recognizing safety and danger signs
Applications, resumes and interviewing skills
Identifying support resources
Job training and sampling help determine student vocational interests. Students job train in the local community with job coaches assigned to provide instruction and assistance. Whether volunteering, training or in paid employment, students receive as much support as necessary.
Learning how to access the community and it’s resources is an important part of independence. On a weekly basis students participate in a variety of community activities such as: shopping, food purchases, learning to access their own local communities, UTA bus and Trax training, exercise at health clubs, visiting libraries and other local points of interest.
Recreation and Leisure
Using non-work time to participate in constructive activities provides opportunities for students to expand personal interests and skills, make friends and have fun. South Valley School offers elective classes in exercise, art, languages, environmental awareness, dancing, cooking and many others. Extra curricular activities include: Special Olympics, after school dances, talent assemblies, LDS Institute released time, community service, karaoke assemblies, fund raisers and service projects to name a few.
Students receiving Special Education services in grades 9-12 may apply to South Valley School’s Greenhouse or Wood Shop programs. For 1 1/2 to 2 hours daily, students receive vocational instruction by certified instructors. In these programs students can earn while they learn.
South Valley School operates a large greenhouse where part-time students learn practically all the phases of the plant growing process. Care is taken to insure that students are not exposed to harmful chemicals. Students spend a portion of their time in the classroom, then apply what they have learned working in the greenhouse producing bedding plants, poinsettia’s, vegetables and herbs.
South Valley’s wood shop is a fully equipped facility where custom wood products are produced by students enrolled in the part-time program. South Valley’s exceptional safety record sets the standard for students being trained to operate the various wood working machines. The students also learn basic math and measuring skills, while working individually and as part of a team.