Carl Dwire School is located in Oxnard and serves students from preschool to fifth grade with moderate to severe disabilities. Establishing a functional means of communication for each student is an important focus of the program and a strong emphasis is placed on teaching the students appropriate behaviors. Teachers use evidenced-based instructional strategies to teach functional skills that will maximize future independence.
Instruction is designed to meet individual needs of each student throughout the school day, including recess and lunch periods. Instruction is based upon the following curricular domains: functional academics, communication, self-care, social-emotional/behavioral functioning, motor skills, recreation/leisure, and community access. VCOE uses state adopted curriculum which is aligned with the Common Core State Standards.
At Dwire School, students have the opportunity to participate in integrated activities with students from the adjacent McAuliffe School. These activities may include having lunch in the cafeteria, peer tutors in their special education classrooms, and other non-academic activities. Dwire teachers use Community Based Instruction (CBI) for students to practice skills in the community, such as going to the park or local shopping center.
The Preschool classes at Dwire serve 3 – 5 year olds and instruction is guided by the California Preschool Learning Foundations and Curriculum Frameworks. Teachers use evidence-based instructional strategies with developmentally appropriate curricular materials and activities built into the daily schedule.
The campus has a motor/sensory room and an upper and lower playground. A California Children’s Services Medical Therapy Unit operated by Ventura County Public Health is located onsite as well.