Secondary School Programs

Special Education Programs at the secondary include a variety of programs.

Resource Room/Inclusion Program

Most students who receive special education services in the secondary schools will do so in the resource room classroom which offers remediation target at basic skills in reading, written language, math or social skills.  Some students also have those services provided in the general education setting. 

District Level Self-contained Program

Placement in a self-contained classroom means that your child will be removed from the general school population for some or all academic subjects to work in a small controlled setting with a special-education teacher. Students in a self-contained class may be working at all different academic levels, with different textbooks and different curricula. Self-contained classes offer structure, routine, and appropriate expectations, but some students may require a higher level of specialization.  For secondary students, the focus is on functional academic, daily living, community access and vocational skills as determined by the student's Individual Transition Plan.  A district level self-contained class may require your child to go to a school outside your neighborhood school.

Life Skills Program

Secondary Life Skills programs (for junior and senior high students)focus on functional academics, daily living, community access, and vocational skills as determined by the student’s Individual Transition Plan.  Students spend most academic parts of their day receiving specially designed instruction in a smaller group setting with similar peers. Students may spend a portion of their day in a general education setting with typically developing peers, as determined by IEP goals and objectives.  High School students will often explore community job sites and/or participate in West Sound Tech coursework. 

Kitsap Achievement Program

The KAP program was created to support students with behavioral disabilities. There are 2 different levels of KAP program available: Drop-in and Full-Day KAP are available at both elementary and secondary level. 

Drop-In KAP is a short-term placement for behavior replacement instruction. This program can add to the proactive instruction, practice, and positive replacement behavior tracking options and intervention plans used by the student’s building staff and can help students be more successful in that building.

Full-Day KAP Program is for students who need intense behavior intervention, whose behaviors significantly impede access to general education instructional setting, and who need a higher staff to student ratio to be successful. This decision can only be made as part of the Change of Placement process based on re-evaluation recommendations from the evaluation team.

Adaptive PE (APE)

Adaptive Physical Education is alternative physical education for students with disabilities who may not safely or successfully engage in unrestricted participation on the vigorous activities of the regular physical education program on a full-time basis. 

Adaptive Physical Education is an individualized program of physical and motor fitness; fundamental motor skills and patterns; and skills in aquatics, dance and individual and group games and sports designed to meet the unique needs of individuals.

Adult Student Programs

Adult aged students (from approximately age 19 through the school year in which the student turns 21) qualifying for continued specially designed instruction that focuses on vocational/transition skills may continue their education after the senior year.

Community-Based Transition Classroom:

The Lite House is CKSD’s community-based Life Skills program for adult-aged students (from approximately age 19 through the school year in which the student turns 21).  Qualifying students qualifying continue their education after the senior year in a house the district purchased for the purpose of working on independent living, with much of the day spent at community settings to work on job application, exploratory job experiences with local employers, and working on comparison shopping, banking and budgeting as well as transportation use and use of various community services.

School-based Transition Classroom 

Students in the adult ages (from approximately age 19 through the school year in which the student turns 21) who need higher levels of support, more individualized instruction and more intensely stepped out programs in order to develop transition skills participate in a more self-contained, school-based Transition Classroom. They too work on independent living and community access as well as vocational skill building.

The following Programs are offered to qualifying adult-aged students: 

Community-based Life Skills and Self-Contained Transition Programs

The Adult Transition Programs provide individualized and small group instruction which allows adult students who qualify to transition successfully from their role of high school students to their new role as adults in the community.  The program provides support in any or all of the following areas:

  • Independent Living
  • Career/Vocational
  • Recreation and Leisure
  • Social and Interpersonal Skills
  • Access Community Connections/ resources
  • Volunteer in the community
  • Connect with student support services

Youth Employment Preparation Program (YEPP)

The Youth Employment Preparation Program (YEPP) is a Central Kitsap School District program that assists special needs students (ages 16-21) with work experience in the community. While participating in the program students earn school credit for both non-paid work and paid work placements. Teachers begin by identifying a student's individual abilities and interests with the needs of the individual employees and then works with the staff of the YEPP program for placement. When a student is matched with a site a Job Coach is provided to help train the students who need extra support and time to learn the necessary skills to be independent on the job. Having student support at the site also ensures that the needs of the employer are also being met by the work that the student is doing.

Students can work up to 215 hours of non-paid work experience on anyone job. There are no promises or guarantees that a non-paid position will become a paid position, however, paid employment sometimes results from these placements. After 215 non-paid hours, the placement is no longer considered training, and the students must either receive pay for their work or move to a training experience where they are learning new employment skills. The support staff and YEPP monitor the progress of these placements as well as non-paid work hours.

West Sound Technical School/Skill Center

West Sound Technical Skills Center prepares students for higher education and career opportunities in a variety of technical areas in an off-campus training site. Students must meet the entrance requirements specific to each program, as well as demonstrate commitment and interest in the career and technical program. West Sound Tech does not have special education teachers and does not provide especially designed instruction.  They do provide accommodations/curricular adaptations.  The IEP case managers of our various secondary schools provide these to WST after students enroll.