OUR PROGRAMS

ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

Preschool

Admission to Bynum School’s preschool program is open to all children beginning at age 3.  Preschool develops life skills and academic skills through play and the introduction of a curriculum that teachers will use throughout their education at Bynum School.  Students experience learning through play, blocks, manipulatives, paint, sand, water, dramatic play, books, music, circle time, and centers.

 

Elementary

The elementary program at Bynum School engages students in the learning process by active participation.  Classes are focused on academics, social skills, life skills, communication, and behavior strategies.  Learning is enhanced through community-based instruction, which reinforces classroom objectives and focuses on teaching students skills across different environments. Activities may include delivering Meals on Wheels, collaborative activities with peers from Trinity School, and visits to museums, movie theaters, and restaurants. 

Secondary

Students in the Junior High and High School programs continue developing skills identified through IPPs.  Core academic subjects are highlighted while daily living skills are incorporated into the schedule, which includes personal hygiene, laundry, cooking, and on-campus job training.  In high school, students may begin job training through the vocational program and will start preparing to meet the requirements for graduation.  Secondary students extend learning opportunities into the community through the delivery of Meals on Wheels, volunteering at the Petroleum Museum, budgeting and shopping for groceries, and dining at restaurants.  Students participate in tone chimes, partner with younger students in art class, and are leaders on campus. 

ADULT DAY PROGRAM

Students enrolled in the Adult Day Program are adults over 18, primarily adults who attended Bynum School in elementary and secondary, to provide continuity and consistency.  This program utilizes a Functional Academic Curriculum for Exceptional Students (FACES).  Each member who is enrolled will have a plan that identifies specific goals and objectives that are reviewed and modified annually to maintain proficiency and enhance skill levels.  Adults engage in productive and meaningful activities in work skills preparation, personal and oral hygiene, recreational and leisure time, home industry/housekeeping, ceramics, and gardening.  Community-based activities are a part of the daily schedule. They may include training at the West Texas Food Bank, delivering Meals on Wheels, volunteering at Helping Hands, dining in the community, and shopping for campus supplies.

VOCATIONAL PROGRAM

The Vocational Program at Bynum School focuses on creating positive changes in the lives of young adults who need specialized educational and independent living skills training, job training, ceramics, and woodshop.  Functional reading and math skills are developed and maintained through daily lessons to support employability.  Job coaches help students through all phases of the job search process and then train each student in the employment setting.  A wide range of skills is taught for students to participate and function in various community settings actively.  Community-based activities may include training at the West Texas Food Bank, delivering Meals on Wheels, volunteering at Helping Hands, dining in the community, and bowling.  The Vocational Program also employs students on campus where they work and earn a paycheck in the horticulture program and the ceramics program.

OUR APPROACH

Our goal is to reach every student and adapt our teaching methods so that each learner, at every age, learns and grows.