Teenagers with Autism: 7th – 12th Grade

Intermountain Academy is happy to announce its Transition to Work Program, a multi-faceted program that helps our students learn how to become contributing, independent members of society through employment.

Six components of the Transition to Work Program:

  • Project Lift – A hybridized program that allows Intermountain Academy staff to continue to support students that may be enrolled in a technical education program such as the Joint Technical Education District (JTED) or community college.
  • Life-Centered Education (LCE) Transition Curriculum – Developed by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) to guide education in three main areas: self-determination, interpersonal skills and employment skills.
  • LINKS Curriculum – An empirically supported and comprehensive approach to 47 adaptive life skills every young adult needs to gain independence.
  • On-the-Job Training and support – On-site internships and entrepreneurship opportunities at local businesses committed to employing out students.
  • Transition Planning – A person-centered approach to planning for life after Intermountain Academy.
  • Problem Based Learning (PBL) – A method of instruction that is predicated on the belief that memorized facts are not inherently generalizable to the workforce and, instead, that students should be shown how to apply learned knowledge to critical real-life problems to truly make the connection.

Four Tracks

Transitional Track (Grades 7-9):

For students who have academic abilities but also have functional living skills as a priority. Students here can transition into an academic or vocational classroom.

Academic Track (Grades 7-12):

For students who expect to go to college upon graduation. They will earn either a general high school diploma (which mirrors the requirements for admission into a community college) or an honors high school diploma (which meets the admission requirements for major universities).

Functional Track (Grades 7-12):

For students who are more severely impacted by symptoms of autism. The classroom is geared toward teaching skills that allow for maximum independence in living environments and for building the capacity for assisted employment post graduation. Students who meet the requirements will earn a graduation certificate.

Vocational Track (Grades 10-12):

Students focus on post high school employment and will participate in off-site internships and work while continuing their academic coursework. Students will earn a vocational diploma (which is a special education high school diploma) or a general diploma (which provides them with the credits required to attend a community college).

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