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- Main Campus
875 South Cooper Road
Gilbert, Arizona 85233
The Sierra School
Formerly LifeShare Educational Resources
The Sierra School is a state-approved provider of private special education day programming and related services, having served public school systems and charters across Arizona since 1995. These programs have demonstrated consistent success in providing specialized education and therapeutic services to students across the disability spectrum.
Students are referred by their school district to attend The Sierra School. They face disabilities in a variety of areas, including Autism, Emotional Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities (Mild-Moderate-Severe), Multiple Disabilities, Specific Learning Disabilities, Speech-Language Impairments, and Other Health Impairments.
Regardless of the school’s size or location, our primary goal is to ensure that their special services continuum is complete and capable of effectively educating all of the students who walk through their doors. We take a disciplined approach to analyzing and predicting special education enrollment and service needs based on national and local trends. We are passionate about ensuring each school’s program is the perfect size and fit for their student population and well aligned with State and Federal regulations for the provision of Special Education.
Our programs provide targeted academic and behavioral interventions for students of all abilities, for an education that is positive, challenging, and individualized.
Sierra School offers an educational setting with an unparalleled clinical focus. Each of our programs has ready access to clinical specialists, whose primary function is to provide cognitive-behavioral interventions and services which are highly integrated with, and supportive of, each student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). We serve as a clinical training environment for student interns who are seeking their master’s degree in various disciplines, including counseling, social work, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and behavioral analysis.
We lead the coordination of services for all of the educational needs indicated in a student’s IEP. We maintain a staff and network of service providers representing all areas of support identified by multi-disciplinary teams.
In addition, we provide ongoing evaluation of students’ progress, which helps us determine whether additional supports and/or services are required for each student’s success. This process supports our pursuit of the ultimate goal — a student’s successful transition and re-integration into a district’s less restrictive learning environment.
We utilize interest inventories, observational assessments, and questionnaires to develop individualized Transition Plans. Our collaborative team approach assists students in developing the skills needed to maximize their independence. Community-based instruction occurs at all levels to promote the generalization of academic, social, behavioral, and vocational skills?
At Educational Resources main campus, routine outings may include structured and relevant weekly activities in the community and/or job site training for older students through partnerships with local businesses. These outings afford students the opportunity to learn valuable safety skills, to navigate public transportation, and is a natural environment for them to reinforce their social, emotional, and communication skills. On-campus vocational opportunities may include participation in our student-run lunch service, the Coffee Cove, and the Gardening Club. On-site or in the community, students are afforded the opportunity to foster their levels of independence, self-esteem, and self-advocacy.