Options Program

Confidence. Community. Life skills.

The Options Program offers individualized academic and life skill development for high school students with diagnosed intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Our student-centered program is designed to give individuals the critical foundational skills and confidence they need to live actively and independently in their community. With our project-based learning approach, students achieve a deeper knowledge through active exploration of real-world challenges.

Students enrolled in the Options Program experience inclusion and integration in the school community through full participation in school events, activities, retreats, clubs, campus ministry and athletics. To further cultivate and promote a feeling of belonging and stronger school community, Options Program students can enroll in general education courses with modifications to coursework specifically aligned with their capabilities and goals.

Students receive:

  • Individualized academic skills development
  • Life skills training
  • Faith-based education
  • Student-centered curriculum
  • Project-based learning
  • Inclusion and integration in student life
  • General education course enrollment opportunities

Because the Options Program is about life success, all students earn a “Certificate of Completion” at the end of the program.

Additional Program Information

Athletics & Activities

Options Program students are encouraged to participate in many all-school extra-curricular activities, as well as Special Olympics sports offered through the school. A popular club for many students is the Circle of Friends club which is organized by High School and Options Program students to encourage socialization and understanding within the broader school community.

Special Olympics

Special Olympics teams currently offered at EC are bowling and basketball. Each participating student has the opportunity to challenge their skills in these team sports. Any student-athlete who participates in an event for two years during their four years at Eastside Catholic School will receive a varsity letter for that sport. By participating in these sports, student-athletes increase their self-confidence and social skills while improving their physical and motor skills.


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 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 an 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
  • Additional Coursework - American Sign Language, religious studies, social and communications skills, health and wellness, computers and technology, study skills and strength and conditioning.

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.

Tuition & Fees

Options Program tuition and fees for the 2019-20 school year are:

  • Enrollment Fee (new student): $500
  • Options Program Student Tuition: $26,675

Application Process

Admissions Criteria

  • Diagnosed intellectual and/or developmental disability, or other diagnosis indicating a need for an integrated special education program for students seeking a high school certificate of completion
  • Minimum levels of academic achievement indicating past successes in learning environments
  • Appropriate behavior patterns for school environment to ensure success
  • The skills necessary to initiate simple written and verbal expression
  • The ability to interact socially
  • Willingness to partake in the spiritual opportunities provided by the school

For additional information about the application process, please contact Program Director Wendy Burnham at wburnham@eastsidecatholic.org or 425-295-3179.

How To Apply

The first step in the admission process is to complete the application. Eastside Catholic uses Ravenna for the submission of online applications. Through Ravenna, families can manage their application online, complete supplemental forms and request teacher evaluations and transcripts. New users must first create an account in Ravenna. Please visit the Ravenna website to apply online and create your account or to access an existing account. Submit school forms to the applicant’s current school. Please download and forward the Confidential School Report/Transcript Request Form to the student’s current school and the Confidential Teacher Evaluation Form to one of the student’s current teachers. When complete, the school may email, fax or mail the documents to the Eastside Catholic School Admissions Office.

To be considered for admission for the 2019-20 school year, we require the following:

  • Parent Visit: Schedule a meeting with the Program Director Wendy Burnham, wburnham@eastsidecatholic.org, 425-295-3179
  • Student Visit: Candidates will tour campus and have the opportunity to experience the Options Program classroom environment.
  • Application: Complete the online application as well as the following:
      • Confidential School Report/Transcript Request - current year and previous two years
      • Confidential Teacher Evaluation Form – one evaluation by a current teacher
      • Current Language and Educational Testing – Testing must be current
      • Please include copies of Individual Educational Program (IEP) Plans, 504 Plans, school plans and appropriate medical, psychological and educational evaluations and treatment summaries. Please note: the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) is not required for application to the Options Program.

Campus Visit

The campus visit will consist of a guided tour by an Admissions Team member and a meeting with the program director. Students have the opportunity to choose one of the following classroom experiences including:

  • One-hour classroom experience
  • Half-day classroom experience
  • Full-day campus experience with lunch provided

Depending on the visit experience your student selects, candidates will leave the EC campus after a parent meeting or parents will return to the EC campus to pick up their student at the end of the school day.

Options Program candidates may schedule a campus visit by contacting Program Director Wendy Burnham at wburnham@eastsidecatholic.org or 425-295-3179.

Meet Two Options Program Students

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No child should be denied his or her right to an education in faith, which in turn nurtures the soul of a nation. Pope Benedict XVI