Upper School


Upper School provides a developmental and educational vocational curriculum that supports the acquisition of essential skills for achieving independence within family, school, community and work settings, while still focusing on age appropriate academics. Part of the Upper School student’s school day will focus on practical everyday living skills that are routine and based on the student’s abilities. During this time, students will learn basic functional living skills from on-site training, community participation and social interactions. The vocational goals are continually monitored through various progress monitoring instruments.  Academically, students will focus on a curriculum designed specifically for them that is in line with their developmental abilities.

Daily living skills are an essential part of each student’s education. Mainspring students learn about the following:

  • Personal hygiene
  • Health management and safety
  • Mobility within the community
  • Household management
  • Time awareness
  • Healthy food choices and preparation
  • Personal choices when shopping
  • Concepts of money management
  • Phone and written communication
  • Pet care and safety
  • Care for the environment
  • Social awareness and manners
  • Organizational skills
  • Leisure activity access and selection