Classes are short so learning must happen rapidly. Students must be able to quickly adjust and participate in a new setting, then retain some skills to show their teacher and parent after returning home.
Students must function on or close to grade level. This applies to every class, including all weekend classes.
Students can transition to TSBVI without difficulty and be away from home for 3--5 nights.
Students can benefit from fast-paced instruction designed to teach skills in a short time.
Home district agrees to continue instruction on skills acquired at TSBVI.
Our classes are provided at no cost to the school or family. Certain procedures must be followed for TSBVI to cover transportation, as described in our Transportation Guidelines (PDF Document).
The residential component of School Year Programs is as carefully planned and supervised as our day program. We know that the students’ time here is precious and we want every minute to matter. To learn more about our residential program, the staff, and our dorm where the students live, please visit the School Year Short-Term Programs' Residential Program page.
Temporary removal from multiple classroom demands allows intensive, individualized instruction to address disability-specific skills and learning gaps that are necessary for success in the regular classroom.
In addition to working on identified objectives, students:
Interact with other students and adults with visual impairments who share many of their life experiences, thus supporting social-emotional development and self-advocacy. This alone can have a life-changing impact on a student’s perspective and willingness to learn in the classroom.
Practice supplementary skills and adaptations (before and after school) needed for food preparation, household tasks, personal organization and management, accessible recreational and leisure skills.
Experience the independence of living away from home for a short time, in a totally supported environment, making choices and trying out new experiences on their own.
Better understand the need and value of using special adaptations related to vision loss.
Join in activities that access the campus at large as well as the community.
- Sara Merritt, Ph.D. - Principal of Short-Term Programs
- Becky Robinson - Office Manager
- Scott Brackett- IT Specialist
- Wendy Erickson - Administrative Assistant
Students attending a Short-Term Programs class receive instruction from highly qualified and experienced teachers of the visually impaired:
- Kathi Garza
- Amanda Fierro
- Margaret Edwards, Ed.D.
- John Rose, M.A.
- Nina Wibbenmeyer, M.Ed.
- Nichelle White - Teaching Assistant
- Phoebe Williams - Teaching Assistant
- Our Classrooms (stay tuned for upcoming video!)
Students live in a lovely duplex setting (stay tuned for upcoming video!), with 24-hour supervision (including an overnight charge person who is awake throughout the night). Short-Term Programs has a dedicated staff of outstanding residential instructors who provide instruction in areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum such as independent living, recreation and leisure, social-emotional well-being, and self-determination.
- Bethany Johnson, Dorm Manager
* On or close to grade level: Most of these students take the regular or accommodated TAKS/STAAR tests and pass at least one test. They typically receive primary instruction in the regular classroom supported by a TVI rather than content mastery, resource room, or inclusion support. If a student does not perform at this academic level, he or she should apply for our summer school program (the application is posted between January 9 - Feb 14 on our website).