Students in the Pine Classroom are elementary school age (9–12) and have access to academic curriculum aligned with Oregon State Standards. Pine students learn best in whole group instruction or in groups of 3–4. They are working toward self-monitoring their own behavior in order to work independently for short periods of time.
Pine students can accurately identify their own emotions and practice their perspective taking skills in order to strengthen their sense of empathy. In Pine, 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.
Pine students also participate in weekly Community Based Instruction (CBI) in order to generalize both social and academic skills learned in the classroom. For example, Pine students have been learning how to cross the street safely, wait patiently in lines, read and compare prices, identify different brands of products, and engage with cashiers at local stores.