The diploma-based Katherine Thomas School High School Program (grades 9 – 12) is tailored for students with language and learning disabilities, autism, intellectual disabilities, and/or other health impairments. All students receive instruction in a full range of high school classes including math, science, social studies and English. In addition, students may take art, music, drama, foreign language, technology, physical education, and intensive reading courses. Students may also follow a career and technology pathway as an option for the graduation requirements. All students receive transition services geared toward helping them transition into less restrictive environment, college, independent living programs, supported employment, and/or technical training.
The typical Katherine Thomas High School student is of average intelligence or higher. These students need support, resources and individualized instruction. It is our goal to provide all students with a positive, success-oriented curriculum. The Katherine Thomas School follows Positive Behavior Interventions and Strategies (PBIS) to support student growth both academically and behaviorally. Our student body includes those who with specialized help can expect to attend college as well as students who expect to transition into employment after completing high school. Students enjoy many opportunities to build leadership skills and excel in athletics through the student government and Peer Mediation programs.
As part of the continuum of programs at The Katherine Thomas School the EXCEL Program (Excellence in Educational and Emotional Learning) is designed to meet the needs of students in grades 9-12 (ages 14-21) with diagnosed moderate to severe language and learning disabilities and/or mild to moderate autism, who may also display difficulties in other developmental areas. The students in this small transitional program exhibit significant challenges with engagement, attention, regulation, group process and social interactions that require more intensive support to succeed academically and socially than in the KTS High School Program..