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Secondary Program

The Secondary Program is comprised of students ages 12 to 21 and offers a tailored education program that prepares students for a successful transition to adulthood.

In the Secondary Program, students receive instruction in the core subject areas, as well as the content areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum for students with visual impairment. Programming concentrates on independent living skills, career education, self-advocacy, vocational skills, and community-based instruction. Our unique transition planning for students incorporates an Interdisciplinary Transition Team model and is developed with students, families, and team members who problem-solve obstacles together, leading to positive results for post-secondary transition.


Students in the Secondary Program are also given the opportunity to participate in several on-campus jobs through our Vocational and Career Education Program, promoting independence and self-determination. Jobs throughout campus focus on concepts such as communication, job-readiness, managing a schedule, transitioning to different locations, and problem-solving skills. Instructional locations throughout the school provide students with opportunities to develop new and meaningful vocational skills including Paw Prints, our school retail, print and copy Shop; the Greenhouse on the Hill Pop-Up Shop, including our Floral Design Program; and the full-scale on-campus apartment featuring a living room, kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, dining area, and two bedrooms. These opportunities, and many more, prepare our students for great success in the following stages of their lives.


Meet the Principal


My name is Ryan Reagan and it is an honor to serve as the Secondary Program Principal. I began my career at the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children in 2012. I am proud to have grown my career over the years, serving in several roles in the field of visual impairment before becoming Principal. I received my Bachelor of Science in Education at the California University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Education degree from the University of Pittsburgh. I also hold certifications in Elementary Education K-6, Teacher of the Visually Impaired PK-12, and Supervisor of Special Education PK-12.


Ryan,  the secondary program principal playing outside with a student


Please feel free to reach out to me directly with any questions or for more information about our program at 412-621-0100 ext. 1407 or [email protected]