Beyond the academic curriculum, FACE also offers students opportunities to participate in enriching activities essential to their social growth and development. During the school day, all students engage in the community garden program, chorus, music, and Special Olympics training at various times throughout the year; after school hours, FACE has an aftercare program for registered students.
Aftercare is available for students Monday through Friday from 2:15 – 5:30 p.m. As a continuation of the classroom, the aftercare program at FACE focuses on maintaining the IEP goals the student has already achieved based on his or her individual learning and behavior plan.
At aftercare, FACE staff use evidence-based practices to work with the students and collect data regularly to determine his or her progress and success. Student-teacher ratios are maintained at a low 4:1 in a fully structured environment to maximize the educational benefits for the students.
Fees for 2012-2013 aftercare are as follows:
- $60 per week
- $15 per day drop-in fee
Download and complete the registration form here to enroll your child in aftercare.
Throughout the school year, FACE students spend time planting seeds, caring for vegetables and harvesting crops for the school’s community garden. The students gain exposure to sensory activities such as digging, exposure to new textures and smells, and exposure to different foods by tasting the vegetables they have harvested – all of which can be therapeutic and educational.
In addition to being highly motivating, the program also helps FACE students develop essential skills in a fun environment while catering to their unique needs and abilities. At the same time, they learn social skills by working alongside students from a neighboring charter school who serve as mentors. The vegetables produced are later sold at a farmer’s market, teaching the students about inventory and money management.
Read about the community garden in the Quest newsletter here.
Every Friday, each classroom at FACE engages in its own special music course designed for their age and ability group. For children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, music can be used as a tool to encourage social, cognitive and perceptual development. Music is effective because it can be a creative outlet to help regulate behavior and can often be a nonverbal form of communication.
At FACE, music courses consist of a mix of verbal communication, sign language and PECS. The students learn about common music terms, how to read notes and how to play instruments.
Participating in a school-wide Special Olympics program gives FACE students the opportunity to be exposed to physical activity in a fun way. Students spend time throughout the year working on learning the basics of many different sports – such as soccer, softball, basketball and volleyball – and develop leadership and teamwork skills in the process.
The students’ months of hard work culminates in a Special Olympics day hosted on the FACE campus where students participate in events using the skills they’ve learned.