Special education comprehensive development class with emphasis on work-based learning skills, culinary life skills, soft skills for job qualification, resume’ writing and development, academic skills for real-life situations.


Expectations and Goals


Students are expected to give their best effort and goals are based on the IEP (Individual Education Program) of each student.


Diploma Information


Alternate Academic Diploma (AAD) - Designed to provide rigorous and meaningful instruction for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities.  It is aligned to the coursework and ACT requirements of the regular diploma.


In order to earn the AAD, a student must:

  • have participated in the high school alternate state assessments;
  • earned the prescribed 22 credit minimum;
  • received special education services or supports and made satisfactory progress on an individualized education program (IEP);
  • have satisfactory records of attendance and conduct; and
  • completed a transition assessment(s) that measures, at a minimum, postsecondary education and training, employment, independent living, and community involvement


*Students will be taking 16 academic classes and 2 focus areas.  Academic classes will include English I,II,III, and IV, Algebra I and II, Geometry, Applied Mathematical Concepts, Biology, Earth and Space Science, Economics, Personal Finance, Physical Science, US Government, US History and Geography, World History and Geography.  Focus areas will be decided by the IEP Team.


Occupational Diploma - In addition to the special education diploma requirements:

  • Students must have a strong vocational and career focus
  • It is an IEP Team decision made on or after the conclusion of the 10th grade or 2 years prior to exiting high school
  • Students must successfully complete the Skills, Knowledge, and Experience Mastery Assessment (SKEMA)


This is not a regular education diploma but students may continue to work toward their regular high school diplomas while pursuing occupational diplomas of after receiving an occupational diploma.


Special Education Diploma

  • Successful completion of an Individualized Education Program (IEP)
  • Satisfactory record of attendance and conduct
  • Students can continue receiving services through an IEP until they receive a regular education diploma or age 22.


Regular Education Diploma

  • Earn the prescribed 22 credit minimum
  • Complete the ACT or SAT
  • Satisfactory record of attendance and discipline