Education Programs | Hillsides Education Center
Rob Wherley helps a student learn how to read during the Reading Rocks! program.

Education Programs

HEC implements the Common Core standards and adapts lessons and instruction to meet the individual needs of students. Keeping focused on success beyond the doors of HEC enables our staff to deliver effective instruction that prepares students to return to public school or transition to adulthood. Our curriculum and approach meet the needs of students who have traditionally struggled within school either in their basic academic skills, behaviorally, or a combination of both.

The special education needs of the students are met through a high teacher to student ratio (1:3), a personalized academic curriculum based on the standards, enrichment electives, therapeutic support, and extracurricular activities. Students also individually interact with teachers to reflect on, process, and discuss material to help them achieve their goals. Bi-monthly roster meetings are held to review student progress and adjust plans and approach in order to enhance student growth. Eight classrooms accommodate up to 12 students per class.

The Education Center offers a variety of challenging academic and vocational coursework that prepares students for college and/or a career.

The Education Program is:

  • Standards-aligned
  • Individualized
  • Dynamic
  • Challenging
  • An integrative skill development approach
  • Creative 


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