Successful Education Extends Beyond the Classroom
Our education is not limited to a classroom. Most children come to our school for autism already frustrated and struggling in the classroom setting. The mission of New Focus Academy is to provide differentiated instruction in a supportive environment that promotes self-determination, resiliency, and excellence in learning. Our entire curriculum is focused on Small Class Sizes where Life Skills Development and Team Projects accelerate independence and relational skills. The New Focus team uses hands-on real-world instruction to assist the students in developing skills to become independent and self-sufficient adults who can positively contribute to their community.
OUR MISSION IN EDUCATION
Students with social-cognitive deficits process information differently than students without these deficits. This means these students learn and interact differently than their peers. These learning differences can create educational challenges that can lead to a life long struggle to gain independence.
At New Focus Academy, we used evidence-based practices to help our uniquely abled students succeed at learning self-determination. Self-determination, or the ability to guides one’s own life, is the number one goal of education. To help students’ gain independence; New Focus teaches Utah Common Core Curriculum with a focus on the Essential Elements. The Essential Elements provide ways for students to learn life skills, functional math and language arts skills, community based living skills, and social-emotional skills.
A CURRICULUM BUILT FOR THE REAL WORLD
We’ve built our entire curriculum to teach our unique student population important skills that transfer into the real world. It’s all based on practicality–for example, our math course includes showing our students how to keep and maintain a budget, which is an essential skill in adulthood.
Here’s a breakdown of some of our academics:
- LIFE SKILLS: self-assessment, critical thinking, problem solving, decision making
- FUNCTIONAL MATH: using calendars, counting money, budgeting, measuring (including volume)
- FUNCTIONAL LANGUAGE ARTS: reading instructions, identifying important information, reading schedules, using adaptive tools independently
- COMMUNITY-BASED LIVING: using public transportation, shopping, time-management, planning for emergencies
- SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING: emotional regulation, social & physical boundaries, internet safety, job specific social skills