Our life skills program includes 40 students. As full members of the Shortridge community, life skills students participate in all school activities — from lunch to graduation.
In addition to the academics of this curriculum, our program helps students gain comfortability in a number of skills: planning, riding IndyGo, preparing meals, and budgeting. Through a dedicated jobs coach, students also explore job readiness and training through community based employment and opportunities.
The Life Skills program uses an academic curriculum as students pursue a Certificate of Completion and applied units (“credits”). Each student has a personalized approach to her/his education. Some of our students attend high school four (4) years and graduate with their same-aged cohort. Others, through an application process may continue to Project SITE or SEARCH.
All our students achieve a Certificate of Completion upon exiting high school.
To learn more about the program and to hear from a recent Shortridge graduate, this Chalkbeat article highlights our life skills program.
Certificate of Completion
In August 2018, the Certificate of Completion went into effect with the following assumptions:
- High Expectations for all students is a shared responsibility.
- General Education classes are accessed whenever appropriate to fulfill COC Course of Study.
- Student’s IEP goals are aligned with grade level content standards that drive the curriculum.
- Communication skills, reading skills, problem solving skills are woven into all classes.
- Classes may be repeated with new goals if appropriate; more than four years may be needed for completion.
- Course selection is driven by the Transition IEP and individual goals of students. A COC may be earned with any combination of applied units and credits.
- Mirrors regular diploma in requirements (Minimum 40 applied units or credits with emphasis on academics)
- Transition Portfolio is a requirement beginning with Cohort 2023.
- Transition Portfolio are to be completed for all students who receive special education services. The Certificate of Completion course of study includes a portfolio component designed to demonstrate a student’s academic skills and employability.