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Effective and efficient teaching in small groups

Elementary, middle, and high school programs
COOK Education Center includes three programs, including Foundations, Secondary, and Workshop at COOK. For all programs, school is in session for 210 days on a traditional calendar that typically, but not always begins the day after Labor Day each September. The school day is from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. MWThF and from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Foundations Program
COOK’s Foundations Program serves elementary and middle school students. Its classrooms are located on the ground floor of the school and it enrolls up to 40 students. We call it Foundations because its curriculum provides students with foundational skills in academic, social, and self-management areas.

Secondary Program
The COOK Secondary Program, which has its classrooms on the main floor of the school, enrolls up to 110 secondary students. The curriculum is broadly ranging to accommodate the needs of students for whom independent living and functional skills are essential to students who require a standard course of academic instruction necessary to obtain a high school diploma.

Workshop at COOK
Workshop at COOK is also located on the main floor of the COOK Education Center. It enrolls up to 20 students with very severe disabilities who require many one-to-one learning opportunities to acquire communication, independent living, and self care skills.

COOK Education Center’s programs have many commonalities

Evidence-based instruction is essential
Our students require explicit instruction in small-groups with occasional one-to-one learning opportunities in order to make significant progress. Learning to mastery often requires that our students are shown how to perform tasks or solve problems and it also requires that they are provided many opportunities to practice with lots of positive reinforcement for effort and improvement.

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Self-management and self-control
It is also common for our students to require specific instruction in how to organize themselves and their study space, and they often must be taught to interact appropriately with their peers and with their teachers. Some require intensive Behavior Intervention Plans implemented by highly trained personnel in order to consistently display socially appropriate behavior.

A “Catch ’em being good” school
COOK Education Center is a highly structured, Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) school. We teach our students how to do the right thing and we frequently catch them doing the right thing and praise them for it. It is common for our students to come to enjoy school, to make good progress, and to make good friends for the first time.

A richly inclusive school
COOK Education Center is a richly inclusive co-educational school, enrolling students across nearly the full age range of special education eligibility and nearly the full range of disabilities.

COOK Education Center makes school as fun as possible
while emphasizing the achievement of IEP goals.
We “catch ‘em being good” all day every day!

"You have the most positive schools I've ever seen!" State Department of Education site reviewer
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