The Wexford-Missaukee Intermediate School District operates self-contained classrooms for students with severe emotional impairments from each of the seven local districts. These classrooms service students from Kindergarten through the eighth grade. The classrooms are located in public schools in the Cadillac area. Once students have learned skills to maintain emotional regulation in various school settings, they are transitioned to their local district. We do not operate center-based programs for severe emotional impairments beyond the eighth grade. Students who have not completed the program successfully by their eighth grade year are transitioned to their local district with additional supports and accommodations at the end of their eighth grade year.
Curriculum for the classrooms for students with severe emotional impairments is aligned with the Michigan College & Career Readiness Standards. Students are provided uniquely designed instruction so they are able to learn at their own pace. In addition to the Michigan College & Career Readiness Standards, the classrooms for students with severe emotional impairments have intensive instruction in the affective domain – social, emotional and behavioral – to assist students in their learning of new strategies for coping with their disabilities.
Students in the classrooms for students with severe emotional impairments participate in the state assessment program. They also are assessed through benchmark and progress monitor assessments, as well as other curriculum based measurements on a regular schedule in areas of academics, affect and adaptive skills.