Cognitively Impaired Classrooms Grades 6-12
The center-based cognitively impaired classrooms at Berrien Springs High School and Middle School allow students with cognitive impairments the opportunity to experience high school/middle school, while at the same time, meeting their individualized academic, vocational, social and emotional needs.
Students enrolled in the CI program at Berrien Springs High School will receive a Certificate of Completion with a Seal of Employability Endorsement upon program completion. A Seal of Employability (SOE) represents an alternative pathway for high school special education students who, even with a Personal Curriculum, supplementary aids and services, modifications and/or accommodations and special education programming, are unable to meet the Michigan requirements for a high school diploma.
Students have over 400 objectives that have to be met. Competency is scored using a 0-4 scale. Students have the opportunity to receive a GOLD, SILVER, or BRONZE endorsement based on the level at which they were able demonstrate competency. Standards are divided into the following areas based on state and federal standards as well as local expectations; English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Daily Living Skills, Self-Determination & Interpersonal Skills, and Employability Skills.
Over the past few years we, in conjunction with Berrien RESA, Michigan Rehabilitation Services, and Community Mental Health, have been able to establish working partnerships with businesses within the county. Gaining valuable volunteer work experiences at businesses such as Meijer, Walgreens, Martin’s, YMCA, Andrew’s University, and Project SEARCH at Lakeland Regional Hospital.
These experiences have proven to be monumental in the development of vocational skills, social skills, self-esteem and overall work ethic that are difficult to bring to fruition in the classroom alone.
It is our goal to instill skills that will aid students in becoming active, independent, and productive participants within their communities.