Students are referred by their school district to attend Sierra School and are generally in grades 6–12 (aged 11 to 21). They face disabilities in a variety of areas, including autism, serious emotional disability, specific learning disability, multiple disabilities, intellectual disabilities, other health impairments, and traumatic brain injury
We are proud to employee special education teachers and a school social worker, all of which are certified through the Colorado Department of Education. Centennial BOCES provides related services such as Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, audiology, teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing, and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). All Sierra School staff are trained in Handle With Care for crisis intervention.
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At Sierra School, we believe that education isn’t about memorizing facts or taking tests — it’s about teaching children how to learn so they can carry this skill and enthusiasm with them throughout their lives to produce positive outcomes and fulfilling futures. Our child-centered approach thus focuses on fostering emotional growth; increasing academic, language, and behavioral competencies; and enhancing each student’s natural strengths. Our prime objective for all students is to help shape them into independent young adults who can productively interact in a variety of mainstream social settings and situations. We accomplish this by providing individualized programming to teach to each child’s skill set and adapt to each child’s learning style. The Sierra School of Weld County’s partnership with Centennial Board of Corporative Educational Services provides local-area school districts with an effect alternative for their students to explore their full potential and achieve their full capabilities.
Sierra School works closely with the Centennial BOCES Transition Coordinator and the School to Work Alliance Program (SWAP) Coordinator to ensure that students have ample opportunities to explore potential post-secondary education and career opportunities.
We offer school community jobs through Arc of Weld County all school year. We also volunteer at the local food pantry during the extended school year (ESY) summer program.