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.
Meet the Principal
My name is Sarah O'Brien, and I have the great pleasure of serving as the Middle Program Principal. While I am a new face at WPSBC (having started in this role in October 2018), I have been working as an educator since graduating with my bachelor's degree in Elementary and Special Education from the University of Dayton in 2000. I began my career in Buffalo, NY (Go, Bills!), and eventually moved to Pittsburgh where I continued work as a Special Education Teacher. Upon completion of my master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh, I took on a new role as Itinerant Teacher of the Blind/Visually Impaired and Orientation Mobility Specialist (COMS). I worked as a TVI/COMS for 12 years, working primarily with students with multiple disabilities. I had the unique pleasure of teaching at Pitt in the summer months, training new O&M specialists, which helped guide my practice and career. I completed my Special Education Supervision program from Slippery Rock University in 2016, and I am excited to follow this new path here at WPSBC.
Please reach out to me directly with questions, thoughts or for more information at 412-621-0100 ext. 280 or [email protected].