The Secondary Education Program at Giant Steps provides programming for students diagnosed with autism on the levels of Junior High, High School, and Transition. Secondary provides individualized programming focusing on functionality and independence through the integration of functional academics, life skills, vocational skill development, community readiness, and leisure/recreational development.
| Junior High
| High School
|Staffing||Each classroom has 1 Special Education Teacher and 1 Senior PA. The number of program assistants per classroom range depending on the level of need per class.|
Student Community Outings:
- Students participate in Community Outings every week. The length of time increases as students get older.
- Outings focus on introducing and practicing functional money skills; appropriate social and communication skills, and specific IEP goals
- Students are exposed to a wide variety of community environments
- Community outings are designed to increase our students’ ability to be safe, active participants in the world around them
- Students in the community continue to work on specific IEP goals, such as communication, appropriate social interaction, greetings, waiting, transitioning, money skills, referencing a schedule, academics, and safety
- Examples- Various types of outings include:
- Vocational (Hyatt Hotel, We Grow Dreams, food banks, pet stores)
- Volunteer (Animal Shelter, Nursing Home, Habitat for Humanity)
- Community Resource (Library, grocery stores, police/fire station)
- Rec/Leisure (Pump It Up, ice skating, zoo, swimming)