Independent Living Skills (ILS)
The Independent Living Skills (ILS) program is a regionalized program for students with moderate to severe disabilities. Access to the ILS program is through the student’s Individualized Education Plan team and a referral by their local school district.
The ILS program provides students with access to the California Content Standards through the use of the Unique Learning Systems. This research-based curriculum targets English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. The curriculum presents material at a level accessible to students with intellectual disabilities focusing on functional life skills. The SANDI assessment system monitors student progress, allowing for IEP goal development based on clear assessment data and allowing IEP teams to adjust programming based on student progress.
The use of evidence-based inclusionary and behavioral strategies promotes placement in the least restrictive educational environment, including various general education classrooms and settings.
Each ILS program is staffed with one full-time teacher and an appropriate ratio of instructional assistants. Related Services are provided, including a Speech/Language Pathologist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Occupational Therapist, Adaptive PE Specialist, and a School Psychologist. Students also participate in the Workability Program, which provides vocational education, increased access to community-based settings, and employment opportunities.
Three ILS classrooms are located on the campus of Soulsbyville Elementary, in grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. The High School ILS classroom is located on the Sonora High School Campus.