Independent Living

This area of our expanded core curriculum is often referred to as daily living skills and encompasses instruction in all aspects of daily life. The program offers students the opportunity to learn how to implement adaptations in their daily lives that will lead to the highest level of independence possible.

The focus of these programs are to encourage students to achieve a sense of independence and self-confidence within a monitored environment. The daily living responsibilities are based on each individual student’s needs and can include personal hygiene and grooming, cleaning and cooking, budgeting, and time management.


WSBVI has two apartments on our main campus, one located in the girls’ dorm and the other in the boys’ dorm.  Each apartment is equipped with its own kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and living area.

While residing in the apartment, students are expected to complete any and all household tasks that would be necessary if they were residing in their own apartment off campus.  Such tasks include but are not limited to cooking, cleaning, shopping for needed food or supplies, and paying simulated bills.

While involved in this experience, students will be supervised at all times and be provided with varying amounts of support depending on the individual.  They will, however, be encouraged to be independent and problem solve as much as possible.


This program takes place in the Peggy Trainor LIFEHouse located at the east end of our campus.  Students enrolled in this program will be responsible for all aspects of independent living, including: food preparation, sanitation, budgeting, bill pay, and time management.

Though independence is highly encouraged and expected, the LIFEHouse will be supervised by an adult, who is available at all times should emergency situations arise.  Students should be 16 years or older to enroll in this program.

Supported Living Experience

This program was created to assist students in transitioning from their home environments to a supported living setting.  Students enrolled in this program will receive support in all aspects of daily living skills including, but not limited to: cooking, cleaning, planning balanced menus, community experience, and social interaction.  Students should be of high school age to enroll in this program.