Curriculum

The curriculum at WSBVI is designed to meet the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards, and is modified as needed to meet students individual needs. Throughout each of the performance-based curricular areas is the integration of skills that are necessary for independent functioning upon return to their home district or graduation.

Elementary

Our elementary school core subjects are the same as any other school in the state of Wisconsin. The only exception is that we add instruction in areas of the expanded core curriculum. This means that students will receive opportunities to take classes in:

  • Assistive technology specially designed for students with visual impairments
  • Braille or other communication modes
  • Specially designed adapted physical education
  • Age-appropriate Independent living skills and self-advocacy

Additionally, opportunities to take part in cooperative education programs with local area school districts are available. This permits students to take classes in nearby public schools with supervision and support from WSBVI staff, allowing them opportunities to socialize with non-disabled peers.

Middle and High School

As students enter middle and high school, they continue to receive instruction in all core academic subjects according to the Wisconsin State Standards.  They also have opportunities to take courses in the following areas:

  • Assistive technology specially designed for students with visual impairments
  • Braille
  • Specially designed adapted physical education
  • Daily Living Skills that prepare them for an independent future including units on cooking, cleaning, personal finance, and other relevant areas
  • Technical and Career Education Classes designed to assist students in choosing a post-secondary goal, develop good work habits, and provide hands-on work experience.

For students who require courses that are not offered at WSBVI, we offer a cooperative education program.  With supervision and assistance from a qualified Teacher of the Visually Impaired, students attend classes and complete coursework at a local public school.  This program has the added advantage of allowing participating students to socialize with their non-disabled peers.