Special Education

Electives

Academic Support

Academic Support is a specialized study hall designed for students with an IEP enrolled in General Education courses. During the Academic Support class students receive the individual support that they need to complete class assignments and homework.

Grade(s): 9-12
1 Credit(s)
2 Semester(s)

Prerequisites

Teacher recommendation required

Adaptive Physical Education

This is a specialized P.E. class designed for students with multi-handicaps. Non-disabled peers serve as student assistants. The CHS Occupational Therapist and Physical Therapist consults with the teacher on an as-needed basis to design activities best suited for each student’s development, based on the specifics of their IEP.

Grade(s): 9-12
1 Credit(s)
2 Semester(s)

Functional Language Arts

This course is designed to meet individual student needs and learning goals. Our primary focus is on transition and preparing students for life after high school including employment. Peer mentors assist students in the class. Students receive instruction in one or all of the following areas, depending on the specifics of their IEP. Content includes, but is not limited to, practice and actual experience in learning how to:

  • Use effective and positive communication styles
  • Complete personal forms
  • Use total communication (sign language, voice, gestures, and augmentative communication devices)
  • Solve problems using positive communication on an every-day basis
  • Use a newspaper or advertisement to locate information about a produce or service
  • Maintain a journal
  • Make a phone call to get specific information
  • Write thank you letters and cards for birthdays and other events
  • Prepare a shopping or “to do” list
  • Interview for jobs
  • Prepare a resume
  • Complete a job application
  • Improve self-awareness
  • Improve self-advocacy
  • Use technology to access public transportation
  • Use technology to access online job application
  • Improve social skills

Grade(s): 9-12
1 Credit(s)
2 Semester(s)

Prerequisites

Teacher recommendation required

Functional Math

The primary focus in Functional Math is on transition and preparing students for life after high school and employment. Students receive instruction in one or all of the following areas depending on the specifics of their IEP. Peer mentors assist students in the class. Content includes, but is not limited to, practice and actual experience in learning how to:

  • Apply for a bank account – make bank deposits and withdrawals
  • Write a check – maintain a balance by adding and subtracting
  • Use a wallet – make purchases, count money, and wait for change
  • Prepare a budget for a shopping trip or project
  • Use a newspaper or advertisement to locate a time, score, or price
  • Use a vending machine
  • Use a clock or other cues to follow a schedule
  • Take an inventory
  • Record sales
  • Determine profits
  • Analyze parts of a paycheck stub
  • Calculate taxes, discounts, and tips

Grade(s): 9-12
1 Credit(s)
2 Semester(s)

Independent Living Skills

This course is designed to meet individual student needs and learning goals. Students receive instruction in one or all of the following areas depending on the specifics of their IEP. Content includes, but is not limited to, practice and actual experience in learning how to:

  • Select a recipe, clean the food preparation area, get ingredients and utensils, and unwrap and store food items
  • Chop, cut, stir, pour, and peel a variety of foods.
  • Measure dry foods and liquids.
  • Use a mixer
  • Set the oven temperature, turn on stove burners, adjust heat settings, set a timer, and safety around heat elements
  • Use a microwave
  • Wash, dry, and put away cooking utensils
  • Sort dirty laundry, operate washer and dryer, set controls, and fold clean laundry
  • Vacuum rugs and sweep floors
  • Clear and wipe surfaces
  • Organize materials on shelves and in cabinets
  • Make shopping lists
  • Learn effective communication style
  • Recognize and respond to emotions
  • Dress for specific activities
  • Follow behavior norms in a variety of settings protocol
  • Move about the Cienega campus as independently as possible
  • Develop positive relationships with other students, teachers, staff, and administrators

Grade(s): 9-12
1 Credit(s)
2 Semester(s)

Prerequisites

Teacher recommendation required

Vocational Training

Vocational training classes offer students an opportunity to receive job training and support in work settings both on-and off-campus. Areas of focus include, but are not limited to, landscaping and yard work, custodial and maintenance work, car washing, food services, nursery operations, childcare, and office assistant work. These classes include instruction in: work attire, preparation for work, safety on the job, appropriate work behavior, interacting with co-workers, communicating with supervisors, and problem-solving at work.

Grade(s): 9-12
1 Credit(s)
2 Semester(s)

Prerequisites

Teacher recommendation required

English

Adaptive English I

This course will review basic grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension skills. Emphasis will be on promoting writing and reading strategies. Students will have the opportunity to enrich their understanding of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry selected to meet their unique learning needs. The literary focus will be on World Literature. They will demonstrate their understanding through class discussions, written work, and other activities.

Grade(s): 9
1 Credit(s)
2 Semester(s)

Adaptive English II

This course will continue to emphasize grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension skills that have practical applications in the real world. Students will apply their writing skills in a variety of ways, including letters, memos, and paragraphs with a purpose. Students will be exposed to American literature selected to meet their unique learning needs. They will demonstrate their understanding through class discussions, written work, and other activities.

Grade(s): 10
1 Credit(s)
2 Semester(s)

Adaptive English III

This course will emphasize writing and reading strategies for students who will soon be entering the work force, or who plan to attend a community college. This course will review all skills learned in freshman and Sophomore English. Students will continue to practice writing and presentation skills with a focus on creating resumes, job applications, and business letters. The Literature for this course will emphasize American authors. They will demonstrate their understanding through class discussions, written work, and other activities.

Grade(s): 11
1 Credit(s)
2 Semester(s)

Math

Adaptive Algebra

This course reviews basic math concepts and computational skills, including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Topics include: fractions, decimals, reading and interpreting charts and graphs, and solving word problems. Basic pre-algebraic concepts and Algebraic concepts at the basic level.

Grade(s): 9
1 Credit(s)
2 Semester(s)

Adaptive Geometry

Students will learn basic geometric concepts, including community applications.

Grade(s): 10-12
1 Credit(s)
2 Semester(s)

Adaptive Math III

This course will emphasize basic math skills in real life situations. This will include: math for food preparation, math for wellness, and basic measurement skills for home improvement.

Grade(s): 11
1 Credit(s)
2 Semester(s)

Social Studies

Adaptive American Government

This course is designed for students with an IEP who would benefit from an alternative American Government Class. The course will include a study of the development, the structure, and the role of government in our country. The different levels of government (local, state, and federal) will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on becoming active citizens with the ability to make informed decisions.

Grade(s): 12
0.5 Credit(s)
1 Semester(s)

Adaptive US History

This course is designed for students with an IEP who would benefit from an alternative US History class. The course will include the history of the United States from early colonial America to the present. The course will emphasize the individuals and groups that determined the course of our history through their influence on American society, culture, and government. Arizona history will be included in the course of study.

Grade(s): 11
0.5 Credit(s)
1 Semester(s)

Adaptive World History

This course is designed for students with an IEP who would benefit from an alternative World History class. The course will include a history of the world’s great civilizations, the importance of geography in determining their history, and the social, political, and economic conditions that affect historical events.

Grade(s): 11
0.5 Credit(s)
1 Semester(s)