Las Colinas MS
Las Colinas Middle School

Las Colinas Middle School serves students in grades six through eight who have moderate to severe disabilities. Each classroom benefits from smaller class sizes, increased staff-to-student ratio, and structured educational expectations. Instruction is based upon the following curricular skills: functional academics, communication, social-emotional/behavioral functioning, and motor skills designed so students can maximize their independence in the domains of vocation, community, independent living skills and recreation/leisure activities. Students focus on a functional skills curriculum and developing independence in preparation for high school, vocational opportunities, and  community access. Teachers use evidenced-based instructional strategies and technology to teach functional skills aligned to the California Standards including communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and college/career/community access.

Students have the opportunity to participate in activities with peers from the partnering comprehensive campus through the peer tutor/teaching assistant program and other integration opportunities as appropriate. Our teachers use Community Based Instruction (CBI) for students to practice and generalize skills in the community.  Establishing a functional means of communication for each student is an important focus of the program. Classroom instruction is aligned to the California Standards and 21st Century skills.

As a learning community, we believe that professional expertise, supported by collaboration between parents, students, teachers, specialists, paraprofessionals, administration and professional development leads to a safe learning environment and positive student outcomes.