Located on the Excell Center’s main campus in Turlock, Calif., the Stanislaus Academy was established in 1988 and designed to meet the needs of children whose emotional and learning difficulties prevent them from attending traditional schools. The Academy’s teachers are trained to work with students in fifth through twelfth grades who are in need of special education, and prepare them to once again be enrolled in a traditional public school setting.
At Aspiranet’s Stanislaus Academy, the classes are no bigger than twelve students, and each class is supervised by a credentialed special education teacher and two teaching assistants. The curriculum parallels public schools to better prepare the students for their return to a mainstream school setting. In addition, all students have access to counseling, speech therapy, independent living skills training and other supportive services, as needed.
Educational goals are developed for each student through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) developed with participation of all of the people involved in the child’s school placement including the child, his or her parents, the classroom teacher, SELPA staff, the school’s principal and the speech therapist, as directed. Assessment tools are used to measure progress in academic areas and behavior, and parents are updated on their child’s progress through the IEP process as well as quarterly report cards.
The Stanislaus Academy’s programs feature:
- Certification by the California Department of Education
- Fully credentialed special education teachers
- Low student to teacher ratio
- On-site speech and language therapist
- Computer lab instruction library
- Multi-purpose room
- Social skills training
- Full academic assessment
- Behavior intervention strategies
- Development & implementation of accommodation strategies
- Administrative and teacher support
- Vocational education and job training through our CDE Workability program
- Wood working and automobile body repair classes
- On-site restaurant food preparation training