Students enrolled at GATE have the opportunity to interact with age-appropriate peers with and without disabilities. They acquire organizational skills for daily living and employment. Students have different opportunities to explore work experiences. With employment, students gain a greater sense of independence.
Students spend all or a portion of their day on a job and/or job training site. This may include work experience, employment and/or a training program. Students may take an active part in community activities as appropriate.
Students will engage in a variety of daily skill training/education activities conducted by school and/or community agency staff. Training activities may include community access, independent living, time management and self-advocacy.
Thanks to partnerships, GATE students can have the opportunity to experience on-the-job training at many local organizations and businesses. GATE staff often will accompany students to job sites to assist with job-related training. Students will gain documented work experience through our community partnerships.
Under the guidance of GATE staff, students will have a chance to participate in hands-on, activity-based instruction. They will build on learned skills to gain greater independence. Also, students will continue to learn how to access public transportation. Students will have the opportunity to develop responsibility, build self-esteem and move closer to independent living.
Applications are accepted during the fall semester (October through February). Applicants must be students with an individualized education plan, 18 to 21 years of age, who have participated in a high school program but have not earned a high school diploma. Students from Vancouver Public Schools and other districts (except Evergreen, Camas, Washougal and Woodland) are invited to apply. Students in the Evergeen, Camas, Washougal and Woodland school districts are served by their district programs. Home-schooled students with documentation of a developmental disability also may apply.
For an application, contact Intensive Academic Classroom or Learning Support teachers in any VPS high school or Leslie Morrison at the GATE program. Applications may be mailed or delivered to Leslie Morrison at the Gate House. Once applications have been screened, families will be interviewed and notified about placement.