Schools - Autism Spectrum Disorder Schools - Village Glen School
Village Glen School is an innovative, multidisciplinary day school specifically designed for students with challenges in the areas of socialization, communicative and pragmatic language development and peer relations, including Asperger’s Disorder, high functioning autism, anxiety-related disorders and non-verbal learning disabilities. Recognizing the strengths, challenges and natural talents of each student, Village Glen promotes social and personal well-being and strong academic achievement.
Village Glen has developed a unique framework emphasizing social skills development that synthesizes and integrates the best practices currently available in the field and has been recognized as a model of excellence. The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), has awarded Village Glen its highest level of accreditation. WASC only awards this prestigious accreditation when it recognizes that a school has met the highest level of quality instruction and after rigorous review of the school's mission and student learning outcomes.
Village Glen’s Pace Program is for students with dual exceptionalities - giftedness and Asperger's. The Pace program offers honors and Advanced Placement (AP) classes that maximize each student’s potential. The Village Glen Beacon Program is available for students with behavioral challenges and provides individualized, positive behavior support. Village Glen’s kindergarten through 12th grade program offers a highly structured and varied curriculum in conjunction with a wide range of therapeutic and support services.
Village Glen School is certified by the California State Department of Education. All services are provided by a highly professional, licensed and credentialed staff.
The program features:
- Small class size: adult/student ratio averaging 1:6
- Daily emphasis on social communication/pragmatic language development
- Social development integrated throughout the curriculum and extra-curricular activities
- College preparatory curriculum
- Elective programs including art, music, drama, photography, computer science, Spanish and athletics
- Best-practice instructional strategies
- Gifted and talented educational curriculum
- Dual enrollment opportunities at local public schools and community colleges
- Speech and language therapy, counseling, adaptive physical education, and occupational therapy
Village Glen School offers comprehensive elementary, middle, and high school programs for students with communicative and social differences. An innovative and integrated curriculum, coupled with small class size and high teacher to student ratio, enables students to achieve academic success.
The fundamental areas of learning include:
- Academic achievement and enrichment
- College preparatory and Advanced Placement (AP) courses
- Critical thinking, reasoning, problem solving for real-world applications
- Organization, study and test-taking skills
- Oral presentations, debate and public speaking
- Development of self-reliance and self-advocacy
- Creativity and self-expression
- Social skills instruction
Learning comes alive through classroom and small group participatory, interactive, hands-on, multisensory instruction in a stimulating and motivating environment. Village Glen recently introduced a cutting-edge, integrative teaching strategy - STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) - which incorporates hands-on, project-based learning through all the academic subjects.
At Village Glen, students are given the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential, both socially and academically.
Village Glen School believes that students show the most growth when they are provided with a safe, predictable, and structured learning environment. The Village Glen social skills philosophy is based on the belief that to strengthen skills, highlight what a student is doing correctly, rather than focus on inappropriate behaviors. Throughout the day at Village Glen, students are reinforced with immediate, specific, and positive feedback each time they demonstrate appropriate behaviors or approximations thereof.
Students at Village Glen School are taught social skills on a daily basis utilizing the “Super Skills” program by Judith Coucouvanis as its core curriculum for all grades kindergarten through 12th. This curriculum is supported by Brenda Smith Miles (author of “The Hidden Curriculum”) and reflects all the key concepts reflected in Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking curriculum, the Boystown model, and Skill Streaming. The curriculum focuses on 4 areas of skills necessary for social success:
- Fundamental skills
- Social initiation skills
- Getting along with others
- Social response skills
The Super Skills’ “Steps to Success” are published each week in the campus newsletter that goes home to each family every Friday. In this way, families are able to practice and reinforce the same skills teachers are working on during the week. Teachers use a developmental approach and may encourage students who move at a faster pace to serve as role models or peer mentors to the other students.
In addition to the Super Skills curriculum, the Village Glen Middle School includes featured elements of the “PEERS Program” by Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson and Dr. Fred Frankel. The PEERS Program is a school-based, teacher-facilitated social skills training model for teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Village Glen believes that a good education involves much more than just providing a strong academic program. Our students learn by doing, and at Village Glen students are given the opportunity to participate in various non-academic activities which support and enrich their classroom experiences. Some of these activities include field trips, overnight trips, athletics, the arts, Student Council, interest clubs, and community service. These activities, combined with the academic program of Village Glen, provide our students with the tools to develop into well-rounded young people who are ready for life beyond Village Glen School.
Village Glen clubs provide students with an opportunity to meet and practice social skills with other students from all grade levels who share common specific interests. To ensure student enthusiasm, students and staff determine what clubs are established each semester based on their interests. Clubs have included Chess Club, Math Club, Anime Club, Glee Club, Art Club, Improv Club, Guitar Club, Documentaries, Odyssey of the Mind, Cheer, Basketball, and many more.
Village Glen is proud to offer a dynamic, empowering Student Council experience for the high school student body. Students taking part in Student Council at Village Glen gain many benefits from their participation including deepening their sense of duty to their community, developing a voice as a citizen, learning to work in a group dynamic within a real life model, and advocating for themselves and others.
School dances are an important component of a student’s experience during his or her middle school and high school years. There are three regularly scheduled school dances during the school year – one in October/November, one in February and one in May. In addition to the three scheduled campus school dances, there is also a Junior/Senior Prom which is typically held off campus, and the recently introduced Winter Prom held on campus. The dances are held in the evening with a DJ who is familiar with our population, as well as knowledgeable about appropriate songs for a school function. These dances provide students with an opportunity to interact socially in an age-typical event but in an atmosphere which is safe and nurturing.
Environmental Education Trips
Some of Village Glen students’ favorite memories come from the Elementary, Middle and High School trips that they take each Spring semester. At Village Glen we believe that the travel experience brings to life the learning process for all students. Students gain a deeper understanding of the world around them by observing, seeing and interacting with it. These trips also provide our students with the opportunity to practice social skills and be independent in a safe and secure place away from home, while having a wonderful time!
For more than a decade, Village Glen students in grades K-12 have partnered with the Milken Family Foundation to be of service to their community. Over the course of a school year teachers and students embark on a mission of service where each classroom identifies an area of need or way that they can contribute, locally, nationally or internationally. Throughout this year-long partnership, students develop a sense of service to their community, begin to effect change, and develop a sense of ownership of the world around them.
Village Glen students are offered specially designed physical education on a daily basis. We introduce playground activities to students in small groups. This allows students to explore and practice various movement concepts, sports-related skills, cooperative games and social skills. Physical education can play a big part in the development of our students not only physically, but socially as well. All students use a variety of age-appropriate equipment so that they have multiple opportunities to practice skills. As skill level develops, students begin to understand the relationship between correct technique and practice. Students learn team games such as basketball, volleyball, baseball, football, tennis and hockey.
Village Glen High School is a member of the California Interscholastic Foundation (CIF) that competes with other schools in Basketball as well as Track and Field. CIF is the intramural regional league for many schools located in the Los Angeles area. Students can earn credits while competing on one of these teams. These sports activities not only involve the team participants but also engages the entire school leading to tremendous school pride and spirit. Nothing on campus matches the enthusiasm that is brought to the school by having a basketball game on campus that day. Go Knights!
Village Glen is committed to providing our students with a state-of-the-art campus outfitted with a wide range of technology enrichment. Students of Village Glen both benefit from and rely on technology more than their typical peers.
Smart Boards are interactive whiteboards that allow teachers to deliver dynamic lessons, access an unlimited variety of instructional material and online visual media, write notes and save and electronically send work completed in class. Smart Boards stimulate the visual learning and interest of elementary students to high school seniors and encourage natural collaboration between teachers and students.
The computer lab at Village Glen is used by all grade levels and is a valuable resource for teaching crucial skills necessary for our students to succeed in today’s information-based society. In addition to a variety of technology-based curriculum options, students are offered numerous learning opportunities through the use of several innovative and practical software programs. The available programs include: Teach Town, Inspiration 9, Write Out Loud, Read Out Loud, Solo Sign In, Co-Writer 6, Draft Builder 6, and Kidspiration. We also offer several of these programs for families to use at home to assist with the homework process.
iPads are utilized by Village Glen students who may find it easier to access information digitally. The iPads provide a visual interface that many of our students find educationally preferable. They are equipped with specific software to enhance the learning experience, as well as aid in the comprehension of concepts.
All students have daily access to an AlphaSmart allowing them to gain knowledge and practice in keyboarding skills. Students with graphomotor challenges may also have more frequent access. Every classroom is equipped with student computers as well, for use as needed.
Teacher Web Pages
Each teacher in Village Glen has a personalized Web page that parents and students may access at any time. The teachers upload daily assignments and rubrics, links to important resources, and timelines for upcoming projects, all of which enable both parents and students to manage their obligations efficiently.
Village Glen High School is a premier learning environment which fosters academic excellence along with social growth and development. Throughout their course of study in Village Glen, students are prepared to enter various post-graduation settings, including community college or a four-year university. A college counselor works with all high school students and their families to ensure a smooth transition between high school and post-graduation studies. College and Career Nights with representatives from colleges and universities occur each year, as well as organized college tours.
Village Glen School also provides the following supports and activities for students 14 years of age and older:
- College Counseling
- Career Pathways Classes
- Life Skills Classes
- Individual Transition Plans
- Workability Program
- Concurrent Enrollment with Neighboring Colleges – 11th and 12th grade
- Dual Enrollment with Student’s Home High School – Grades 9 through 12
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Village Glen School is located in Sherman Oaks and Culver City. Its state-of-the-art education campuses include the following:
- Computer labs
- Science labs
- Creative and performing arts centers
- Athletic and play areas