Students in the Cypress Classroom are both middle and high school age (14–19), who are able to access more advanced academic curriculum, aligned with Oregon State 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 CBI in order to generalize both social and academic skills learned in the classroom. For example, Cypress students have been learning how to ask for help from store employees and make requests of restaurant employees, using polite social etiquette.
The students engage in work experience and intern at various businesses. In 2020-2021, the students will learn foundational job skills at places such as Oregon Dog Rescue, McDonald’s, the Wilsonville Library, Columbia River Knife and Tool, Horizon Elementary, Critter Cabana, Our Table, and Victory’s own coffee shop (Bloom).