Students are referred by their school district to attend High Road School and are generally in grades K–12 (aged 5 to 21). They face disabilities in a variety of areas, including emotional disability (ED), independent of or accompanied by cognitive impairment, specific learning disabilities (SLD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and/or other health impairments (OHI), and multiple disabilities (MD).
We are proud to employ dually-certified special education teachers, social worker, occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech/language therapist, and more,
Our small class sizes and impressive staff-to-student ratio allow for close and healthy student-teacher relationships to flourish, resulting in increased academic success and acquisition of positive socialization skills. The High Road School of Bloomington also provides related services in the form of physical therapy, speech-language therapy, counseling, one-on-one support, and absolutely any other resource that a special education student needs to become responsible, independent, and successful in all areas of life—at school with peers, at home with family, and in the community with friends and neighbors.
It is our goal to make learning fun and exciting by applying an individualized special education program coupled with a highly structured rewards-based behavioral management system.
The High Road School of Bloomington’s Transition Services are an important component of our program. We recognize the need to equip our high school students with skills they will require to reach their postgraduation goals. Our staff therefore provides job readiness training and individualized coaching in preparation for competitive community placements. Working with job coaches, each student receives the support necessary to prepare for employment in the workplace.
We understand that some students do not know what career they would like to pursue. Here at High Road, we try to help them find suitable paths and pique their interests by exposing them to as many fields, industries, and opportunities that we can. Students complete a variety of career interest inventories and profile sheets, go on community field trips to local area businesses, and research all sorts of professions. These steps guide our students to identify the prerequisite skills needed for each area of interest.
The unique opportunities presented to our students enhance their skills and knowledge, ready them to pursue their future goals, and provide limitless possibilities for self-sufficient, productive, and rewarding young adulthoods.
If you would like to participate in our vocational programming by allowing our students to tour your business and benefit from what you can teach them, please contact our Program Director at 309-454-8700.
The High Road School of Bloomington also encourages and provides extra support to students who want to participate in community-sponsored activities.
One such activity is the Penguin Project of McLean County, which provides theatrical opportunities for artists with special needs. The project pairs artists with special needs with same-age peer mentors to create an annual theatrical production that will impress!
Goals of the Project:
- To provide an opportunity for children with disabilities to develop creative skills related to the theater arts
- To provide an opportunity for children with disabilities to participate in a community theater experience
- To facilitate interaction between children with disabilities and their age-level peers through joint participation in a community theater experience
- To facilitate an appreciation of the challenges faced by children with disabilities and their families
- To identify the impact of a community theater experience on the communication skills, socialization, and self-confidence/self-esteem of children with disabilities
- To facilitate interaction among medical, developmental, educational, and theater professionals through participation in a common community project
- To provide a forum for support and interaction for families of children with disabilities
VTAP (Vocational Training Assistant Program)
One of our school’s primary goals is to support reintegration back into mainstream public school settings and community activities. To facilitate this goal, eligible students participate in the Vocational Training Assistant Program (VTAP), an evaluation and training program of Unit 5 Public Schools that prepares students with disabilities for transition to employment and active community participation both during and after high school.
Although VTAP is just one piece of the larger puzzle of comprehensively educating all our students, it provides invaluable experience and promotes core values, like responsibility, dependability, and self-reliance. Part-time employment and/or working at a training site during high school also develops a host of work skills and builds character and self-confidence.
Program components include:
Vocational Training Center: Participation in an entry-level program that provides comprehensive services for students. It is designed to provide short- and long-term training that will lead to gainful employment.
On-Campus/Off-Campus Training Sites: Students are placed at various training sites during the school day to develop basic job skills and appropriate vocational experience necessary for long-term employment. The VTAP Coordinator chooses an optimal site per student, where the student is integrated with nondisabled workers and where his or her strengths, talents, interests, and abilities are best accommodated.
Community Work Experience: Students are required to engage in community work experience during the school day, but VTAP also entails carrying this aspect of programming over outside of school and school hours. Students are responsible for securing their own transportation to work assignments, where they must show an ability to maintain employer expectations with minimal supports. If a student requires supports once they exit school, they must show independence for 18 months to be considered eligible for support services through the Department of Rehabilitation Services.