Curriculum

Reach curriculum meets the personal needs of students with emotional difficulties by:

    • Small class sizes
    • Individualized instruction
    • Direct instruction in social skills and problem solving
    • Team building
    • Challenge course and adventure training
    • Progress monitoring
    • Assistance with academics, study skills, time management, and organization
    • Mental health support groups

Course Descriptions

Elements of English 9 – Develops essential reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Uses literary analysis to teach social and problem solving skills. Emphasizes use of the writing process - prewriting, writing, and revision - to express feelings and process emotional issues.

Elements of English 10 –Emphasizes critical thinking skills through reading and understanding American and European literature. Uses an in-depth understanding of the writing process to fully develop feelings and overcome emotional issues

Elements of English 11 -This one-year course surveys a range of literary types – novels, short stories, poetry, and drama. Social skills and problem solving skills are taught through literature, and students use writing as a tool to express their feelings and express emotional issues. Curriculum reinforces, refines, and deepens the skills introduced and developed in English 9 and 10, including reading, writing, critical thinking, communication, and executive organization skills.

Elements of Film and Literature – Students evaluate films as contributions to literature through active viewing, reflective response, reaction papers, formal essays, and discussion, with an emphasis in written composition, students learn to judge the quality of films as a contributions to literature.

Elements of Multicultural Literature - Students develop historical and contemporary perspectives of the roles, achievements, contributions, and myths associated with minorities and women through reading, writing, viewing, and discussing fiction, non-fiction, poetry, essays and film.

Elements of US History - Designed to be universally accessible to students with reading, learning, and emotional difficulties. Uses comprehension and organization strategies to make the state’s US History curriculum meaningful to the individualized learner.

Elements of Psychology – Students use the scientific method to better understand psychological theories, diagnoses, and human behavior. Curriculum explores cognitive development, personality, social development and psychiatric disorders

Elements of Sociology - Students in this course focuses on the impact of society on human behavior. Topics that will be discussed include: culture, communication, conflict, family, substance abuse, and causes of changing relationships in society. Current events will be incorporated throughout the year.

Academic Support Lab – This course provides an opportunity for students to complete academic assignments. Students are expected to utilize the time effectively. Classroom teachers are invited to communicate with the Academic Support teacher about assignments, projects, tests, and organization.

Elements of PE – Reach students participate in experiential learning, adventure, and Crossfit training to enhance their appreciation of the importance of physical fitness and its affect on physical and mental health.

Health and Wellness – Students gain an understanding of human health and wellness through exploration of the affective component of teens. Topics include character education, stress management, nutrition, physical fitness, emotional and mental health, self-concept, human sexuality, and substance abuse.