Cognitively Impaired Classrooms

The Wexford Missaukee Intermediate School District operates self-contained classrooms for students with moderate and significant cognitive impairments from each of the seven local districts. These classrooms service students ages 5 through 26. The classrooms are located in four different locations within the Cadillac area to support inclusive opportunities whenever possible.


The WMISD has adopted a standards-based program designed specifically for students with significant disabilities. It is aligned with Michigan’s Common Core Essential Elements. Our philosophy that all students will participate and all students will show progress. The curriculum includes systems to determine baseline information on each student; monthly instructional targets with differentiated lesson plans; benchmark assessments; a variety of rubrics to determine prompt levels, student interests, and levels of independence performing functional skills; along with an observation form to monitor student involvement.


Students in the classrooms for cognitive impairments participate in the state assessment program. The level of assessment – participation, supported independence or functional – is determined at the student’s Individualized Educational Program (IEP) meeting. Students also participate in benchmark and progress monitoring assessments, as well as adaptive and daily living skills assessments.