Our state-licensed and approved private school programs provide extensive,
year-round special education and supports, offering instruction that ranges
from functional life skills to high school level academics.
Each person’s educational goals are integrated with all other aspects
of his or her life. Whether learning reading and mathematical skills, creating
artwork for local competitions or participating in musical performances,
an atmosphere of personalized instruction gives our students the chance to
learn, grow and accomplish specific goals.
Classrooms at Woods are upbeat, lively and staffed by certified special
education teachers. A typical class consists of six to seven students allowing
us to tailor active, personalized teaching strategies for self-contained
or departmentalized instruction.
For older children, pre-vocational training is assimilated into the school
day. To help students successfully transition into a career, work-based learning
features hands-on skill development in the fields of building trades, hospitality
and office practices. Students also learn job search and interview strategies,
personal banking and budgeting, the use of public transportation, and the
social skills they need to succeed.
Woods Services also offers open enrollment for day students. Learn more about Woods' educational programs for day students.
A dedicated team of teachers and support staff provides an array of services
to students in three distinct educational programs –
- The Gardner Education Center
Serving primarily school-aged
clients in the Mollie Woods program,
Gardner provides special education services, supplemented by therapeutic
supports with licensed speech, occupational and physical therapists.
To further enhance learning and independence, our assistive technology center
provides adaptive solutions to many of the functional challenges encountered
by people with disabilities.
- Woodlands Education Center
Serving children and adolescents
in the Woodlands program,
this Center provides a comprehensive special education program that features
close instructional supervision and support. Functional academics are emphasized
in addition to behavioral self-management and social skill development. The
younger students participate in self-contained classroom settings. Older
students change classes throughout the day, may participate in Woods’ employment
training services, and can earn high school diplomas or equivalencies.
- Crestwood Education Center
Serving clients in the Crestwood program,
this education program resembles a public school setting. Most children
benefit from the consistency and structure of small classrooms that change
throughout the day, while some need the extensive instructional and therapeutic
supports found in self-contained classrooms. Students earn credits towards
a high school diploma and may also participate in vocational training.
philosophy emphasizes personal success through academic progress, personal
responsibility, coping skills and socialization.