The Ventura County Office of Education operates the Dorothy Boswell School located in the city of Ventura. The site serves students, aged 18-22, with moderate to severe disabilities; specifically, the school provides services for students who can benefit from training that will ensure their greatest quality of life after they complete their public education. Our site use highly-specialized, research-based school practices to address the needs of students. Using a comprehensive trans-disciplinary planning and service delivery approach, the program specifically addresses the language, communication, behavioral, sensory, and social needs of students. As a learning community, we believe that professional expertise supported by collaboration between teachers, specialists, paraprofessionals, administration, and parents; and professional development leads to a positive student outcomes. Instruction is based upon the following curricular skills: functional academics, communication, social-emotional/behavioral functioning, and motor skills so our students can maximize their independence in the domains of vocation, community, independent living skills and recreation/leisure activities.
Boswell School places a special emphasis on job training, independent living, and community-based instruction; this includes utilizing public transportation and accessing local community colleges, as appropriate. The school addresses functional academics within these domains for the purpose of teaching practical functional skills and helping students to maximize their independent living in the future. A functional mobility component to the curriculum is utilized for students with physical disabilities to develop the skills of sitting, standing and walking while participating in their school activities.
Ventura Unified School District
VCOE Special Education