Curriculum

Elementary and Middle School

Potential Development Elementary/Middle School provides individualized instruction while exposing the student to the Common Core Academic Standards for language arts, math, science, and social studies. Report cards are issued quarterly to reflect student progress in each subject area.

In addition to academic instruction, students receive instruction for social skills, communication, adaptive skills, and life skills in each classroom. The elementary/middle school offers physical, occupational and speech therapy for students who qualify. Students also can enjoy recess in the newly completed gym and outdoor playground.

Students in grades 3-6 will participate in the Ohio Achievement Assessment or Alternate Assessment as designated by their Individualized Education Plans. Students also participate in the Terra Nova assessment in grades K-6 in September of each year to show learning growth in the content areas.

High School

Potential Development High School is focused on meeting the individual needs of students while exposing them to core content academic standards in the areas of language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Likewise, Potential Development High School uses a person-centered approach to examine career possibilities by gathering information about each student’s preferences, strengths, and skills and offering exploratory visits to several community employers and agencies to prepare each student for his or her life post-graduation. The High School also offers physical, occupational and speech therapy for those students who qualify.

As a charter non-public school, students at PDHS have the opportunity to earn their high school diploma via multiple pathways, including accumulating 20 high school units and passing the five parts of the Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT) with or without accommodations, completing a standards-based Individual Education Plan and taking the OGT alternate assessment, and various other derivatives of these pathways. Additionally, PDHS administration and staff assist students and their parents or guardians in navigating the ever-changing graduation requirements in Ohio for students with disabilities.

PDHS offers students various experiences they may not encounter in other typical school settings. Students can learn self-help and life skills in the facility’s mock apartment, use a stationary bike, elliptical machine, or treadmills in the exercise room, and relax, refocus, or regroup in the state-of-the-art sensory rooms. PDHS staff members receive specific training in the areas of behavioral intervention and best educational practices for students with Autism. Small staff-to-student ratios (typically one staff person for every three students) make it possible for there to be a focused approach to improving social skills, communication, and self-management for each student.