Esperanza Learning Center
Esperanza Learning Center (ELC) is a new program within the therapeutic environment which focuses on the acquisition of essential daily living skills, vocational skills, and leisure skills with the end goal of achieving the highest level of independence for each individual student.
ELC, which provides services for students aged 14 ½ – 21 years old, gives students a variety of vocational experiences both inside the school as well as in work environments within the community while maintaining the small student to staff ratios, integration of clinical services, and individualized focus of Esperanza School.
Daily Living Skills
Esperanza Learning Center focuses on building daily living skills including communication, money management, interpersonal relationships, and self-care. In the dedicated Life Skills classroom, students learn about cooking, cleaning, and laundry.
Students in Esperanza Learning Center also focus on gaining vocational skills. This starts inside the school with jobs such as making copies for the main office, assisting in the cafeteria, or delivering supplies to classrooms. Student preference and interests in vocational experiences are constantly accounted for to ensure the highest degree of job satisfaction is achieved.
By decreasing maladaptive behaviors and connecting students to vocational experiences in the community, ELC intends to increase the student’s likelihood of keeping and obtaining employment after high school graduation.
Beyond High School
Esperanza Learning Center understands that the needs of our students and families do not end at high school graduation. Our administrative team, clinical team, and classroom staff are dedicated to helping our families navigate the complex process of transitioning from the educational system to the world of adult services.