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OUR PHILOSOPHY

Using assessment-driven and research-based teaching methods, Bynum School approaches learning from a holistic perspective. We aim to reach every student and adapt our teaching methodologies so each student can grow and learn. At all grade levels, students progress at different rates. Through internal assessments and observations by teachers, progress is continuously monitored.

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ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

The transformative learning process at Bynum School is designed to help our students grow in and out of the classroom. Each day is filled with opportunities to experience new educational and social situations for further development. Our teachers create a safe and open setting where they can guide students in exploring the world around them.

PRESCHOOL

Bynum School offers preschool classes to children as young as three. In preschool, children learn life and academic skills that will help them throughout their lives. Play, blocks, manipulatives, paint, sand, water, dramatic play, books, music, circle time, and centers all contribute to the learning process for students. In Pre-K, Bynum School uses Frog Street Press, a state-adopted, standards-based curriculum.

PRIMARY - INTERMEDIATE

At Bynum School, students participate actively in their learning. These classes focus on academics, social skills, life skills, communication skills, and behavioral strategies. Learning is enhanced through community-based instruction, which reinforces classroom objectives and teaches students skills in various settings. In addition to Meals on Wheels delivery, students may participate in museum visits, movie theater outings, and restaurant visits. 

SECONDARY - HIGH SCHOOL

Junior High and High School students continue developing skills identified through IPPs. Bynum School utilizes Unique Learning System, a cloud‑based platform to help students with special learning needs master their state’s extended standards. Educators deliver differentiated, standards-aligned content from one convenient, cloud‑based platform enhanced by robust assessments, data tools, and evidence‑based instructional support. Our curriculum gives students the advantage of consistent, high-quality instruction, a motivating interactive learning environment, and a path to independence. Students also learn personal hygiene, laundry, cooking, and on-campus job training. Through the vocational program in high school, students can begin job training and prepare for graduation requirements.

VOCATIONAL

At Bynum School, we aim to make a positive difference in young adults' lives through specialized vocational and job training. Functional reading and math skills are developed and maintained through daily lessons to support employability. We also offer horticulture, ceramics and woodwork as part of the vocational curriculum.

Job coaches assist students in all phases of their job search and prepare them for employment in the workplace. Students learn a variety of skills to function in different community settings. Various community-based activities are available, including training at the West Texas Food Bank, delivering Meals on Wheels, volunteering at Helping Hands, dining in the community, and bowling. Additionally, students can earn a paycheck in the horticulture and ceramics programs.

ODYSSEY

Odyssey provides continuity and consistency to adults over 18, especially those who attended Bynum School as elementary or secondary students. The program uses the Functional Academic Curriculum for Exceptional Students (FACES). Every member will have a plan identifying specific goals and objectives that will be reviewed and modified annually to enhance proficiency. In addition to work skill preparation and personal hygiene, adults participate in recreational and leisure activities, such as ceramics, housekeeping, and gardening. The daily schedule includes community-based activities. A few examples 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.

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