Students in the Juniper Classroom are both middle and high school age (13–17) with mild to moderate language and self-care needs. These students learn effectively in a pair, but they can learn in a group of three. The classroom staff work closely with Victory’s Speech Language Pathology Team to assist students in their language development and incorporate the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems (when appropriate) for individual students
Students in this classroom have access to a wide range of grade-level academics, aligned with Oregon State Standards for students accessing modified curriculum. Students learn successfully in diverse groupings, including pairs and whole and small group instruction. Some Juniper students self-monitor their own behavior to learn independently for short periods of time.
Juniper students participate in twice-weekly Community Based Instruction (CBI) in order to generalize skills learned in the classroom. On CBI, the Juniper class learn to use recipes to locate grocery items, how to pay for items in a store, how to order off a menu, and how to ask for help from community helpers.
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).