Educational Programs

Somerset provides special education services for students 5 through 22 years of age, identified as needing special education services. Our underlining goal for successful student transition to least restrictive environments has enabled us to send many students back to public school programs. Embedded in our basic educational services are emotional, behavioral and social skill development programs and highly individualized behavior and social emotional goals, which are developed and implemented throughout the school day. Therapists and counselors are available for individual and group therapy, as well as crisis intervention.

Common Core

Somerset offers a variety of education options and opportunities for our students, by providing individualized Common Core based curriculum for elementary, middle and high school students. The curriculum aligns with the Local Education Agency (LEA) where Somerset is located, and coordinates with the student’s district of residence to ensure successful matriculation. Individualized student assessment and the entire Individual Education Plan (IEP) team determine the academic, social and transitional goals for the student. All students participate in the Career Choices Curriculum, developed as the Freshman Transition initiative from George Washington University. The focus on planning and developing transitions into the education plan is a major component of the program.

Alternative Life Skills

Our extensive California Standards Based Alternative Life Skill Programs/ BASIC’s offer students, who have difficulty accessing traditional classroom environments. It is a program designed to develop student skills in the following domains: functional academic, community, vocational, domestic and life time leisure activities. Nonverbal ambulatory and autistic students experience classroom and social activities that facilitate through the Picture Exchange Communication System and TEACCH philosophies. Students are able to participate in community and vocational experiences on and off campus on a regular basis. All students participate in the Career Choices Curriculum, developed as the Freshman Transition initiative from George Washington University. The focus on planning and developing transitions into the education plan is a major component of the program.

Choice Program

The Choice Program provides students, who are in need of highly individualized plans to graduate and or enter post secondary and vocational opportunities. Students learn to make timely and successful transitions into economically self-sufficient lives. The focus is in reducing district drop out rates, increasing graduation and CAHSEE completion; this program provides students with options and the intensive additional support not found in the public school environment. All students participate in the Career Choices Curriculum, developed as the Freshman Transition initiative from George Washington University. The focus on planning and developing transitions into the education plan is a major component of the program.

Service Learning

Our Volunteer’s in the Community (VIC’s) program is a school-wide service, career, and transition opportunity for our students. Initially, an instructional strategy used by our BASIC’s program to incorporate curriculum to meet learning goals and content standards, it is now an integral component of Somerset’s educational experience. Each week students participate in community experiences that develop individual skills, are collaborative and beneficial to our community needs. Students are partnered up with designated personnel members and participate in local private businesses and public agencies that provide opportunities for our students to work in a variety of activities. Transportation - Somerset vans provide daily roundtrip home to school transportation as well as, field trips and extra curricular activities.

Graduation Requirements

Students at Somerset may earn their high school diploma through our curriculum which aligns with their home school district. Diplomas are issued to the student through their home districts. Student who are in the Foster Care system, and meet the requirements for AB 216 are also eligible to receive a diploma. Students completing a course of study, but are not on a diploma track will receive a Certification of Completion.