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Options Program

For high school students with disabilities

The Options Program provides a student-centered learning environment for individuals with diagnosed intellectual disabilities. The curriculum, activities and community involvement focus on development as a whole person  individualized academic progress, spiritual education and communication and life skills. An integral part of the Eastside Catholic community, the primary mission of the Options Program is to engage students in a Catholic faith-based community while preparing them for the transition from high school to a life of independent living through comprehensive career and post-secondary exploration. In lieu of a diploma, Options Program students earn a “Certificate of Completion” at the end of the program.

Curriculum

The Options Program provides appropriate instruction for each student’s academic level, as well as opportunities for inclusion in the larger EC community. With this integrated approach, students gain the confidence and skills to succeed in life after high school. 

Our curriculum is developed around a common themes and structured with regard to each student’s interests and needs. Methods of instruction include but are not limited to project-based learning, differentiated instruction, peer tutor interactions and hands on activities.

The Options Program offers courses in the following subjects:

  • English – literature, reading strategies and language arts are offered at appropriate level to engage and challenge students
  • Science – curriculum promotes scientific fundamentals through hands-on and interactive projects and experiments
  • Global Issues – foundational knowledge and skills are taught in order for students to understand more fully the world around them to become engaged citizens 
  • History – important events in state, national and world history are explored with a connection to current events
  • Mathematics – content focuses on basic math concepts, life skills and math, as well as everyday budgeting 
  • Life Skills – A broad range of appropriate skills are discussed and practiced for full participation in everyday life
  • Careers – Career possibilities and opportunities are investigated in preparation for life after high school
The Options Program complies with Washington State Core Standards and Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs) for student outcome assessment at the student’s academic level.
For additional information about the application process, please contact Director of Admissions Lori Maughan at 425-295-3014 or lmaughan@eastsidecatholic.org.