Students in the Cedar Classroom are ages 14 to 16 and qualify as a 9th or 10th grader for the 2016-2017 school year. These students are able to access 9th and 10th grade curriculum, aligned with Oregon State Standards; they are either modified or standard diploma candidates. Cedar students learn successfully in diverse groupings, including pairs and whole group instruction. They must be able to self-monitor their own behavior in order to learn independently.
In Cedar, students are immersed in a world of executive function instruction and practice. For example, students practice increasing their working memory, planning, and organization skills by tracking all information in a daily planner. They write down all assignments, any upcoming appointments or events, as well as other items of importance. Cedar students are able to identify their own personal strengths and challenges, and they are learning how to negotiate more complex relationships with adults, peers, and family members in order to make and maintain friendships and other relationships.
Cedar students also participate in weekly Community Based Instruction (CBI) and in Victory’s Work Experience Program, volunteering at various businesses. This year, Cedar had the opportunity to learn foundational job skills at Oregon Dog Rescue, McDonald’s, the Wilsonville Library, Columbia River Knife and Tool, Critter Cabana, Our Table, and Victory’s own coffee shop (Bloom).