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Summer Program Information

The following programs will run from July 10 - July 21 from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Registration will be held on: Sunday, July 9 from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Please Note: Applications must be received no later than Monday, May 15, 2017.

Application must include the student’s most recent IEP.  Space is limited in summer programs.  Decisions, in conjunction with other factors, will be based on a first come, first serve basis.

 

This Year's Theme: "On The Go” Exploring Activities for Life Long Recreation and Leisure Skills.

Why is Recreation and Leisure important?

  • Promotes quality of life.
  • Increase self esteem and confidence.
  • Develop friendships through shared experiences.
  • Allows students to be challenged and take risks.
  • Gives satisfaction, enjoyment, and pleasure.
  • Allows students an opportunity to make choices.
  • Promotes communication skills.
  • Allows students to contribute and feel a sense of belonging and accomplishment.
 

Our theme-based curriculum consists of reading, writing, math, technology, physical education, music, art, social skills, listening skills and home living. This program is designed to create a learning environment for students. Our students will be able to participate in group projects within the classroom, school, and community.

 Independence 101

The Independence 101 Summer Program will offer opportunities for both middle school and high school age students.  Each group of students will participate in activities encompassing the three areas of transition (postsecondary, employment, and independent living). 

Focusing on increasing functional learning skills, this program is designed to create an active learning environment for students entering grades 7-12. 

Elementary 

Designed to meet the needs of academic elementary-aged students (grades K-6), with an emphasis on academic and functional reading, writing, math, technology, physical education, music, library, art, social skills, listening skills and home living.  The goal of the program is for students to continue work on the identified essential goals of their individual educational plan.

Students with Multiple Disabilities
 

This program is designed to meet the extended year service needs of students ages 5-21. The overall program focus is to maintain basic functional skills while integrating home living, self-help, and technology skills. Students will maintain individual educational plan goals relating to self-sufficiency and independence, and functional academics. The program components consist of functional reading, writing, math, technology, physical education, music, library, art, social skills, listening skills and home living. 

Cost: All programs are free to parents and students. The Minnesota State Academy funds most programs for the blind through dollars dedicated to the school by the Minnesota Legislature.

Eligibility: For all school-aged blind/visually impaired students in Minnesota.