Sherwood Center’s Special Education Program is a comprehensive, school program that operates 220 days a year, including an eight-week extended term during the summer. Students, ages 5-21, are referred to our program through their public school districts when a specialized school environment is recommended for the success of the student.

The program operates Monday-Friday from 8:15am-2:30pm during the regular school year and from 8:15am-2pm during extended school year. Services are provided in a small staff to student ratio (1:1 to 1:6) determined by the level of support needed. Each student has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), that identifies individualized goals and objectives that determine programming.

Programming emphasis may include:

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Adapted Physical Education
  • Community Based Instruction
  • Functional Academics
  • Music Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Vocational Skills
  • Speech & Language Therapy
  • Social Skills
  • Transition Services

Community Based Instruction

Community based instruction (similar to educational field trips in a typical school setting) is a vital activity of the Special Education curriculum. Students go out into the community weekly and are encouraged to take skills learned in the classroom and adapt them to other environments, such as shopping, money skills, community safety, restaurants, movies, parks and nature trails, local exhibits or other endeavors. Repeated exposure helps students learn appropriate social skills needed to participate in the community.

Transition Services

As our students get older (ages 16-21), we assist them and their families to prepare for new environments and ultimately passage into adult life.


View the 2019-2020 program calendar here

For more information, please contact us at or call (816) 333-3344.