Dynamic Integrated Learning Plan
The heart and soul that begins to spark an imaginative and creative mind is at the center of everything we believe in at Rockwood Preparatory Academy. However, therapy is crucial to creating a winning strategy for your child. We work diligently to fine tune all therapies so that they align with our student’s specific therapeutic and academic goals.
At Rockwood Prep we work with parents to enhance their child’s ability in the classroom and in life! Research and our own comprehensive experiences, tell us that when we work on behaviors and social-emotional needs of students, we open their minds to unprecedented academic readiness and personal growth.
Our passion is providing an open learning environment, with loving, nurturing, and credentialed staff, so that each student can progress at their own pace. We are vigilant in analyzing IEPs and therapeutic needs so that the right individualized learning plan (ILP) can accurately measure progress and be adjusted as needed, while inspiring your child to grow, take new risks, and challenge themselves.
It’s My Turn to Shine® is more than a tag line to us. It is our heartfelt desire that each student feel our ongoing commitment to their success. We want all of our students to know how special they are and that together we can reach their potential!
Communication and Transparency Philosophy
We value advocacy, open communication, and transparency for each student. To that end, we have established a My Turn Standard of Transparency® that we adhere to in our day-to-day care, education, and support therapy services. Parents are frequently made aware of all up-to-date therapy information, educational services, ILP goals, and how their child is doing overall.
We are committed to sharing real-time data with parents. Informed parents are the best advocates for their child. That’s why we provide a monthly My Turn Educational Program Report® to parents and the student success support team. These monthly reports break down the goals and achievements of each student.
Our use of paraprofessionals teamed up with each teacher, allows us to employ a 3:1 student-teacher ratio at Rockwood Preparatory Academy. Classrooms are designed to be welcome and open environments, with no more than 10-12 students.
Students with assigned ABA therapists have their own one-to-one help. Those students with severe behavioral challenges are required to have an assigned 1:1 ABA with them at all times. Rockwood Prep has a zero-tolerance behavioral mandate to limit the learning disruptions of other students.
Parents describe the environment at Rockwood Prep as a loving, calm, self-paced, fun, and judgement free zone.
Parents who elect to participate in an education program for their child at Rockwood Prep, can expect the following:
- Academy Program for your child’s schooling.
- DDD funded therapy (or private pay funded therapy)
- DDD funded specialized habilitation in the DTT after-school program
A new student’s schedule is provided at the conclusion of the enrollment process.
We are proud partners with Phonics Boost, the Khan Story Hour Academy and S.P.I.R.E. Additional resources, like Barton, may be added to a child’s curriculum based on the results of their dyslexia screening and assessment.
Research tells us that 80% of children with IEP/MET have some form of Dyslexia. Sadly, we see too many SPED students who at 13+ years of age still can’t read. That’s why, we employ an experienced Dyslexia Specialist who has more than 25 years of positive results. Proper credentialed teaching, an authentic diagnosis and one-on-one help, is paramount to the success of children with learning disabilities.
For additional information about Dyslexia Resources, click here.
In order to help students better grasp the fundamentals of math, we use Saxon Math, PurpleMath, Khan Academy, and Semple Math in the classroom. Additional resources may be added based on a student’s Dyslexia diagnosis.
Elective Programs Included
Our enthusiastic desire to enrich your child’s life is demonstrated through our innovative My Turn® Adaptive Program. Our elective classes are not only for our Rockwood Rocker students, we are also pleased to offer them to the entire special needs community.
- Recreational Therapeutic Social Skills Group
- Adaptive Karate Class
- Trampoline Therapy Program (great for behaviors)
- Farm to Table Therapy Cooking Program (Knowing what you’re eating)
- Art and Music Program (Correlates with Academia such as: Dyslexia, and IEP Goals)
- Peer Mentoring Program — Inclusive Social Skills and Leadership Program
- Adaptive Swim Program / Inclusive Social Swim Recreation Events (YMCA)
- Life Skills Program (From Hygiene to Emotional Self Care)
- Explore our Community Program
- Dyslexia Program
- Adaptive Dance Classes®
Our Standards for Staff
Lead teachers are highly qualified with years of classroom experience and/or varying levels of degrees and SPED certifications. Teachers only work 6 hr days to help eliminate burn out and help them develop their personal and professional life. They are provided ongoing training 2x a month from our Leadership team including Director of Student Affairs, CEO and John Maxwell Leadership Principles, as well as Dyslexia and Behavioral training by certified and accredited mentors.
Instructional aides are trained in the principals of Applied Behavior Analysis and are presented with formal training 2x a month from our Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and our Special Education Director (SPED). Aides are trained in the areas of classroom management, appropriate behavior support and child development/psychology. We only allow our teachers to work 6 hrs a day…no burn out! We believe in paying them well and our vision is low employee attrition and dedicated staff to our mission and values.
ALL staff are required to have a background check, Article 9 training, and CPR First Aid Certificate. ALL staff are required to participate in on-going development and leadership training that they chose depending upon their career goals.
Many of our students tend to have medical needs throughout the day. That’s why we have and a licensed medical professional on staff at all times. Their job is to administer medications as needed, handle emergency medical situations, as they arise, and coordinate ongoing care with families and doctors. To foster ongoing trust with our students, our medical practitioner takes the time to get to know each child personally.
Transportation services are provided depending upon availability and need. Our transportation program services Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler, Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, and Florence. Transportation costs are typically paid through approved DDD funds, when approved by your Support Coordinator in your ISP. PLEASE let us know if you do not have Transportation approved in your ISP and we will try to help get this service added to your student’s plan.
Academy and Therapy School Day Hours
9:00 AM to 12:30 PM – Academy Time
12:30 PM – 1:15 PM – Lunch Time
1:15 – 3:30 PM – DTT Time (Scheduled Therapies, and Elective Programs)
*Before School Care Program 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
*After School Care Program 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
*Available as either private pay or Respite Pay.
Daily, nutritious lunches are available for $5.00 a day or your student can bring their lunch.