The Ventura County Office of Education operates one special education classroom at Moorpark High School for students aged 14-18 with moderate to severe disabilities. The program at Moorpark High School is focused on developing each student's confidence and capabilities so that they will become productive members of society by utilizing highly-specialized, research-based school practices to address the needs of students. Using a comprehensive transdisciplinary planning and service delivery approach, the program specifically addresses their language, communication, behavioral, sensory, and social needs.
Instruction is based upon functional academics, communication, social-emotional/behavioral functioning, and motor skills so students can maximize their independence in the domains of vocation, community, independent living skills and recreation/leisure activities. The functional skills curriculum areas are directly linked to the California State Standards. The Program uses research-based methodologies including: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), visual strategies (including individual and group schedules), Movement Opportunities Via Education (MOVE), augmentative communications systems, functional behavioral assessments and Positive Behavioral Supports. Instruction is individualized to meet each student's IEP goals and classes are grouped to provide for the specific needs of the students within each group. Learning takes place within the classroom, in school vocational settings on campus and in the community. Instruction is focused on 21st Century skills and evidence based practices including communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and college/career/community access and functional academics.
Students have the opportunity to participate in integrated activities with students from the general education campus through the peer tutor/teaching assistant program and other integration opportunities as appropriate. Community-based instruction is an essential part of the curriculum. Students participate in recreational activities, life skills activities, and at volunteer work sites. The goal of community-based instruction is to provide experiences for students to utilize the skills they have learned within the classroom to natural environments. As a learning community, we believe that professional expertise supported by the collaboration between parents, teachers, specialists, paraprofessionals, administration and professional development leads to positive student outcomes.