High school students with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities need a place where they can get individualized instruction in a safe and positive learning environment to maximize their potential, as well as a chance to acquire good values and social opportunities to give them a positive outlook on life. TVT’s Intensive Program (IP) gives students below their grade level academically a chance to work on functional academic skills, life skills and social skills while enjoying inclusion in TVT’s wide array of non-academic programs and social activities with their peers.
IP students are integrated as much as possible into the life of the diverse school community while receiving unique, intensive, individualized instruction using research-based methodologies. Students can choose to participate in sports, clubs and other activities offered by the school. Peer mentors called Chesed Friends aid this inclusion and help integrate students into Upper School experiences.
The ultimate goal of the IP is to give students the tools to live independently or semi-independently upon completion of the program by helping them prepare for post-secondary education at a community college and vocational transition. To accomplish that objective, the functional academic program is designed to challenge but not overwhelm students, integrate the students into the high school experience, give them knowledge and awareness of TVT's mission and values, imbue a strength/interest for vocational transition in the students and provide as much independence as possible in all areas (academic, social and personal).