Students are referred by their school district to attend Sierra School and are generally in grades K–12+ (aged 5 to 22). They face disabilities in a variety of areas, including Specific Learning Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Other Health Impairment, Emotional Disability, and more.
We are proud to employ Certified Special Education Teachers, TACT II trained staff (crisis intervention), Licensed therapist, speech language pathologist, and an occupational therapist.
Sierra School of Eastern Extension is one of the oldest nonpublic schools in the greater Sacramento area, founded in 1968. Our mission has always been in line with that of our parent company, Catapult Learning: to build the confidence and competence of our students through personalized academic interventions. The Sierra School believes in educating our students from a dual perspective. Thus, integrating mental health and support services with special education classes addresses student needs in a systematic and holistic fashion. We couple this two-part approach with an effective system of behavior management, and within the safe and structured learning environment this creates, students are better able to focus and perform academically.
By focusing on key areas — academics, behavior modifications, support services, and transition / life planning services — we are able to meet the individual needs of all students through these varied approaches to instruction. Through collaboration with a student’s IEP team, we are able to choose the most appropriate learning model based on a given student’s present levels of performance, social capabilities, motor coordination, and ability to learn in a group setting.
Utilizing four specific instructional rotations, students are assessed academically, gain self-regulation skills, learn with district-aligned academic curriculums, and utilize integrated technology.
In serving our students, the Sierra School follows all IEP (Individualized Education Program) mandates and adheres to California State Standards for curriculum, scope, and sequence of required subjects and areas of learning. As a California State Department of Education certified nonpublic school, we can issue both diplomas and Certificates of Attendance, with the ultimate goal being to transition as many students as possible to a less restrictive program individually prepared for each student. To facilitate our efforts, our full-time therapist delivers comprehensive services, meeting with students in both group and individual settings to assist with behavior modification and to nurture our students’ self-esteem, emotional self-worth, and overall well-being. Carrying out such an important mission requires Sierra’s highly talented and strength-based multidisciplinary staff consisting of credentialed special education instructors, a licensed psychotherapist (LCSW/MFCC), and BA- or BS-level teaching assistants.
Sierra’s goal is to build the confidence and competence of children facing learning, language, and social challenges through personalized academic interventions. Sierra is committed to achieving success with each student even in the face of obstacles, challenges, and excuses. The program is geared toward preparing youth to become responsible adults who are able to participate in their communities and lead self-fulfilling lives. We aim to build each student’s skills and self-esteem to a level that allows them to return to a mainstream school and become fully functioning members of society. In order to achieve this, Sierra has developed the following expected school-wide learning results. Sierra students will be:
Healthy individuals who:
- Effectively maintain appropriate peer relationships
- Take responsibility for their own physical and emotional heath
Demonstrate healthy life choices
Technologically literate individuals who:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of various computer programs
- Utilize a variety of current technology tools
- Demonstrate awareness of assistive devices that will allow them to better access academic curriculums
Independent individuals who:
- Develop strategies to set specific and attainable goals
- Set priorities and manage time effectively
- Develop a plan for the future
- Develop their ability to have acceptable work habits
Academically competent individuals who:
- Read, write, and speak effectively
- Practice learned strategies to effectively problem solve
- Complete assignments, display organizational skills, and practice study skills
- Access and apply learned information and utilize notes on assigned curriculums
Our Mission Statement: To educate and train young exceptional learners, so they can transition to adult life and become productive members of society.
This Mission Is Accomplished By:
- Participation in community-based instruction.
- Receiving specialized education instruction, training, and support.
- Learning competency-based functional skills for continued development in daily living, personal social, and career preparation skills.
- Taking part in career exploration and development.
Three Tiers of Transition Services:
Tier One: In Classroom Independent Living and Job Training:
- Classroom janitorial services.
- Meal preparation and distribution.
- Daily classroom chores.
- Functional activities- resume, cover-letter, budgeting, sample applications and post education research.
Tier Two: On Campus Job Coaching:
Our students work with local community partners that provides job coaching in the janitorial industry on our school campus.
- Vehicle maintenance and cleaning.
- Mopping, sweeping, vacuuming, dusting, and cleaning windows.
- Restroom maintenance.
- Trash disposal- classrooms, front office, transition office and counseling office.
- Customer service- Delivering snack shack, greeting staff and students at Holiday events.
Tier Three: Off-Campus Job Experiences:
For those students who are 15 ½ years old or older, on level, have a 2.0 grade point average, and have completed the two previous tiers, are eligible for job training at an off-site business. Students are accompanied by a job coach from Sierra School. Students work an average of 4 hours a week and will collect bi-monthly paychecks. Students in this program are held accountable for their behaviors, dress code, attendance, and professional communication. Failure in these areas of competencies will reflect in their ability to work.