Community Based Instruction
This course prepares students for independent living and successful contribution to their home and community. The classroom, designed to teach daily living skills, has an apartment with fully functional kitchen, laundry facility, closets, a living room, in addition to an academic space for learning. The course is linked to functional academics which are taught through direct instruction, then applied and practiced in the community. Social skills and daily living skills are embedded into all instruction. Experiences include, but are not limited to, participation in a fitness and wellness program in the community, shopping at local stores, budgeting and banking, working in a real business, as well as leisure and recreational activities. Students first begin practical application by having jobs throughout the school building as an opportunity to learn and master skills. Students then practice acquired skills in the community, including use of public transportation in order to access all that Livingston and the surrounding communities have to offer. Through career exploration and exposure to various employment opportunities, students are encouraged to find their own path.