Kilmer Center is a Fairfax County Public School for students, ages 5-21, with intellectual disabilities (severe), autism, and intellectual disabilities. Curriculum areas include: personal management, recreation and leisure, school and community, vocational, motor skills, functional academics, communication, and social competence. Students participate in activities in the school setting and in the community, with ample opportunities to demonstrate the abilities they have developed in a variety of environments with both the disabled and non-disabled. Using a transdisciplinary model that seeks input from all disciplines working with a student (school staff, speech/language, physical and occupational therapy, vision and hearing, physical education, music, physicians, and other outside resources), services are integrated to create an educational program that addresses the individual needs of each student. Teachers and specialists collaborate to develop IEP goals and objectives, behavior strategies, and to identify the supports necessary to allow students to successfully transition to less restrictive educational settings.
Students with intellectual disabilities (severe) participate in a Life Skills Curriculum, supported by a teacher, public health training assistant, and public health attendant. Class size can range from 4-8 students. This staffing provides the direct assistance necessary for students to interact with their environment.
Students in the Transition Program are also supported by a teacher, public health training assistant and public health attendant. This special program has a lower student to staff ratio (4-6:3) to support students with autism and intellectual disabilities, who present challenging behaviors. The curriculum is based upon the cognitive levels of the students and emphasizes a strong functional academic component in which communication skills are emphasized.
Kilmer Center is a fully accredited school, based upon results from the Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP).
Kilmer Center strives to be a school that:
- Provides an enriched, stimulating, and safe educational environment for all students, where they can be challenged toward greater levels of independence and integrated into the community.
- Provides opportunities for students to experience the general curriculum.
- Works with families to promote cooperative relationships that enhance their quality of life.
- Supports teacher collaboration through a school wide approach to Professional Learning Communities
- Uses technology to enhance student independence, communication, and instruction
Last Updated: 2013-01-25