The Ventura County Office of Education operates two Special Day Classrooms on the Sunkist School Elementary Campus serving elementary students with moderate to severe disabilities.
Students participate in a Functional Skills Curriculum that is supported by standards-based state adopted core curricular materials. The Functional Skills Curriculum focus on the development of skills in the areas of functional academics, communication, mobility and social/emotional development. These skills are taught within the environmental domains of self-care /independent living recreation/leisure, vocational, and community access through Community Based Instruction.
Academics are Standards based and taught within these domains so students learn functional skills that maximize their independence. A strong emphasis is placed on teaching the student appropriate behaviors and on improving communication skills. Instruction is designed to meet individual needs of each student throughout the school day, including recess and lunch periods.
Students have opportunities for interaction with their typically developing peers during assemblies, lunch, recess, physical education and with peer tutors who work in the classrooms. Additionally, students may be integrated into regular education classrooms for academic and social education opportunities.
A functional mobility component to the curriculum (M.O.V.E.) is available for students with physical disabilities to develop skills of sitting, standing, and walking while participating in their school activities. Activities are designed to increase independence and communication.