LIFE Skills/Applied Academics
Each school district shall provide services to students with disabilities in order to meet the needs of those students in accordance with 34 CFR §300.26. Instructional arrangements/settings shall be based on the individual needs and IEPs of eligible students receiving special education services.
What We Do
The Katy Independent School District LIFE Skills programs span the instructional ages from Kindergarten to age 22. These classrooms serve learners with significant cognitive disabilities whose needs are best met through an instructional focus on prerequisite skills that are often learned through real life application of the grade-level TEKS.
The LIFE Skills/Applied Academics class is designed to meet the educational needs of students with significant cognitive disabilities who require direct, intensive, individualized instruction to acquire, maintain and generalize skills. Instruction is focused on functional skills that are considered critical to the quality of life. Areas addressed include:
The LIFE Skills/Applied Academics classrooms are organized around the principles of structured teaching to maximize student independence and to allow teachers to deliver direct instruction of student IEPs on an individual and small group basis. Attention is given to appropriate and purposeful inclusion of students in the general education setting as well.
The LIFE Skills/Applied Academics program uses a team approach to address the unique needs of each student. Depending on student need, service providers from a variety of disciplines plan and implement the overall educational program. Support from district staff is available to assist teachers in behavior management, structured teaching, autism and other areas.