Students in the Middle Program fall between the ages of 6 and 13, which are crucial years for our students as they move between their primary years and prepare for the transitional stages ahead.
The Middle Program curriculum focuses on increasing independence, enhancing social interaction and enjoying recreation and leisure activities. Teachers thoughtfully encourage students to participate in activities based on their individual abilities and interests, while simultaneously building on their skill repertoire. Middle Program students work on skills related to development in areas such as socialization, communication, mobility and self-care. Focusing on helping students become more community-minded, academic concepts are embedded into both typical instruction settings as well as through the introduction of on- and off-campus opportunities. Students learn to utilize their functional vision to gain pivotal knowledge about themselves and their environment.
Each year, students in our program look forward to the annual collaboration with our Oakland neighbors at the Falk Laboratory School. In a year-long buddy program, WPSBC and Falk come together for a series of projects and events. This mutually beneficial collaboration provides new perspectives and a greater sense of belonging in our Oakland community.