Sunkist School is located in Port Hueneme and serves students from Kindergarten to fifth grade with moderate to severe disabilities that have been referred by their local school district. Staff use evidenced-based instructional strategies to teach the functional skills that will maximize independence for the students. Classroom instruction is aligned to the California Standards and 21st Century skills. Establishing a functional means of communication for each student is an important focus of the program, so that students can participate in California's statewide student assessment system: California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).
Each classroom benefits from smaller class sizes, increase in staff to student ratio and structured educational expectations. The classrooms use state adopted instructional materials. As a learning community, we believe that professional expertise, supported by collaboration between parents, students, teachers, specialists, paraprofessionals, and administration leads to a safe learning environment and positive student outcomes.
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 skills: functional academics, communication, self-care, social-emotional/behavioral functioning, and motor skills so our students can maximize their independence in the domains of vocational, community access, self-care, independent living skills and recreation/leisure activities
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.
Students may have the opportunity to participate in integrated activities with students from the compressive campus where they are located. These activities may be in of the general education classrooms, during lunch, recess and school wide activities.