Students in the Spruce Classroom are elementary school age (9–12), with mild to moderate language and self-care needs. These students learn most effectively in a pair, but they can also learn in a group of 3–4 as well. Academics are customized (and modified as necessary) for each student and follow Oregon State Standards.
Spruce students require more frequent praise and reinforcement in order to remain motivated during work sessions. They are able to request for preferred items in full phrases and can follow 2-3 step directions, with little to no prompting from an instructor. For example, students are able to follow a direction to retrieve something from outside of their classroom and will return without redirection or reminders from a teacher. Sensory engagement and social skills practice are interspersed throughout the school day, and individualized programs are created to increase independence with daily living practices.
Spruce students also participate in weekly Community Based Instruction (CBI) in order to generalize skills learned in the classroom. For example, Spruce students have been practicing staying with the group, waiting patiently in lines at stores and restaurants, finding items on a shopping list, and writing down the prices of those items.