The Cypress Classroom is a blend of both middle and high school students. Students in this classroom have access to age appropriate grade curriculum, aligned with Oregon and national academic standards. Cypress students learn successfully in diverse groupings, including pairs and whole group instruction. They can self-monitor their own behavior to learn independently.
Cypress students can generally self-report their feelings, using complex emotional descriptors (jealous, anxious, proud) and can employ various self-regulation strategies throughout the school day--with limited support from an instructor.
Cypress students participate in weekly Community Based Instruction in order to generalize both social and academic skills learned in the classroom. For example, Cypress students ask for help from store employees and make requests of restaurant employees, using polite social etiquette.
Cypress students take part in Victory's Work Experience Program and intern at various businesses. In 2019-2020, the students learned foundational job skills at places such as Columbia River Knife and Took, Hughes Water Gardens, Killer Burger, the Wilsonville Library, Wilsonville Subaru, World of Speed, and Victory’s own coffee shop (Bloom).