Students in the Juniper Classroom are middle school age (11 to 14). Students in this classroom have access to a wide range of grade-level curriculum, aligned with Oregon and national academic standards; most students fall into the range of 4th-6th grade learners. Juniper 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.
In Juniper, students are immersed in a world of executive function instruction and social skills practice. For example, Juniper students are learning to self-report how they feel and employ self-regulation strategies, with moderate to limited support from an instructor. In Juniper, both academic and social-emotional learning occur at the same time in order to maximize the opportunities for students to practice their impulse control, emotional regulation, and flexible thinking skills!
Juniper students participate in twice-weekly 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.
Juniper students, age 13 and above, take part in WE and, in 2018-2019 will learn foundational job skills at places such as McDonald’s, Wow! Burger, Wilsonville Lanes, The Salon Professional Academy, Columbia River Knife and Tool, Horizon Elementary, Critter Cabana, Our Table, and Victory’s own coffee shop (Bloom).