Esperanza School is a supportive environment in which children, teens and young adults with developmental disabilities are building skills that help them succeed now and prepare them for life after graduation.
Esperanza School addresses the educational and developmental needs of students through individualized academic, developmental, and social/emotional goals as well as vital life skills.
Upon enrollment, each student is assessed to determine his or her learning and therapeutic needs. Teachers then develop an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to meet academic, behavioral, and social-emotional needs.
Progress is assessed regularly to ensure that each student is on track. In addition to a teacher and paraprofessionals (parapros), each classroom at Esperanza has a dedicated behavior therapist to help students overcome negative behaviors so that they can focus on what counts – learning and growing.
Classrooms employ proven-effective best practices, including structured teaching, applied behavior analysis (ABA), and incorporate learning strategies to meet the needs of all students, including lessons that incorporate technology.
Students also enjoy music, play/free time for exercise and building motor skills, and more. When possible, we participate in community integration outings and field trips so students can apply classroom learning in relevant ways.
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