The Butterfly Program serves learners at the middle and high school academic levels (ages 12-21) in their development within the Four Core Goals ™. Learners in the Butterfly program should be able to display mutually shared ownership of their goals with faculty and family support. In addition, Butterfly learners are expected to navigate a multi-part schedule (changing classes) and interact with a variety of other learners and adults throughout their day.
Self-Regulation and Self-Awareness
Each learner is assigned a multidisciplinary team that develops relationship-based behavioral and learning plans, as well as design tracking and reflection systems that support the learners’ growth toward ownership of their specific objectives and targets within the Four Core Goals ™. Learners and faculty reflect on their goals each class period. Data is continually collected, and as objectives are mastered, new ones are chosen. Self-monitoring strategies are taught, and learners cooperatively develop a tool box of strategies to promote regulation and engagement, even as the therapeutic and academic expectations are increased.
To promote relationship development in small groups and within the larger community, the learners are provided a variety of social opportunities. Learners initiate and participate in community service projects, community meetings, clubs and committees. Normative secondary school experiences, such as socials/dances, prom, graduation, camp retreats, and field trips are offered. Through the Butterfly social justice/mediation system, the learners are able to help each other develop a mutually-beneficial resolution after a conflict.
Academic and Professional Competence
Learners are able to complete academic courses which result in the Texas minimum high school graduation program (22 credit hours). Courses such as Literacy, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, Integrated Learning, and Life Planning are accessible. Students and families receive course descriptions, weekly plans, and grading rubrics for each semester. For students not seeking a university degree, increased employability instruction and practice through Life Academy is offered in order to promote post-graduate success.
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