Village Glen School is a college preparatory program that serves students K-12 with high-functioning autism and challenges in the areas of socialization, language development and peer relations. The Pace Program offers honors and AP classes for gifted students.
Academics: Village Glen School offers comprehensive elementary, middle, and high school programs for students with communicative and social differences. An innovative and integrated curriculum, coupled with small class size and high teacher to student ratio, enables students to achieve academic success.
The fundamental areas of learning include: academic achievement and enrichment; college preparatory and advanced placement (AP) courses; critical thinking, reasoning, problem solving for real-world applications; organization, study and test-taking skills; oral presentations, debate and public speaking; development of self-reliance and self-advocacy; creativity and self-expression; social skills instruction
Social Skills: Village Glen School believes that students show the most growth when they are provided with a safe, predictable, and structured learning environment. The Village Glen social skills philosophy is based on the belief that to strengthen skills, highlight what a student is doing correctly, rather than focus on inappropriate behaviors. Throughout the day at Village Glen, students are reinforced with immediate, specific, and positive feedback each time they demonstrate appropriate behaviors or approximations thereof.
Students at Village Glen School are taught social skills on a daily basis utilizing the “Super Skills” program by Judith Coucouvanis as its core curriculum for all grades kindergarten through 12th. This curriculum is supported by Brenda Smith Miles (author of “The Hidden Curriculum”) and reflects all the key concepts reflected in Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking curriculum, the Boystown model, and Skill Streaming. The curriculum focuses on 4 areas of skills necessary for social success: fundamental skills; social initiation skills; getting along with others; social response skills. The Super Skills’ “Steps to Success” are published each week in the campus newsletter that goes home to each family every Friday.
Student Life: Village Glen believes that a good education involves much more than just providing a strong academic program. Our students learn by doing, and at Village Glen students are given the opportunity to participate in various non-academic activities which support and enrich their classroom experiences. Some of these activities include field trips, overnight trips, athletics, the arts, Student Council, interest clubs, and community service. These activities, combined with the academic program of Village Glen, provide our students with the tools to develop into well-rounded young people who are ready for life beyond Village Glen School.
Technology: Village Glen is committed to providing our students with a state-of-the-art campus outfitted with a wide range of technology enrichment. Students of Village Glen both benefit from and rely on technology more than their typical peers. They use smart boards, computer labs, iPads, AlphaSmart, and teacher web pages.
College Counseling: Village Glen High School is a premier learning environment which fosters academic excellence along with social growth and development. Throughout their course of study in Village Glen, students are prepared to enter various post-graduation settings, including community college or a four-year university. A college counselor works with all high school students and their families to ensure a smooth transition between high school and post-graduation studies. College and Career Nights with representatives from colleges and universities occur each year, as well as organized college tours.
Village Glen School also provides the following supports and activities for students 14 years of age and older: college counseling; career pathways classes; life skills classes; individual transition plans; workability program; concurrent enrollment with neighboring colleges – 11th and 12th grade; dual enrollment with student’s home high school – grades 9 through 12th.