Preschool students in a classroom
Smiling student wearing soccer t-shirt
Student working in the career training workshop
Student in red shirt giving the "V for Victory" sign
Ridgecrest Academy student at the annual picnic
Smiling student wearing flowered dress
Smiling student wearing tropical Sponge Bob shirt
Smiling preschooler
Student volunteer at the SEPTO Fun Fair
Smiling student sitting on blue and yellow gym pad
Preschool student building a car
Student wearing tropical shirt and Hawaiian lei
ESY student wearing a NASCAR t-shirt on Sports Day

Department for Exceptional Children


BELL graduates

BELL Program Class of 2023 Commencement

Congratulations to the newest 2023 Bridge to Earning, Learning and Living (BELL) program graduates: Lauren, Caleb and Kelsey! Click through to see photos from the Spring Commencement Ceremony at Roberts Wesleyan University.
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Putting up a tent

Westview Students Care About Their Community

Every year, students at Westview participate in United Way’s Day of Caring. They can be found volunteering at community centers, parks and even cemeteries. This year’s Day of Caring was no different: our 6:1:1 and 6:1:2 classes were out in force making a difference.
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Partiers dancing

A Colorful Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Click to see photos from the annual Spring Dinner Dance - this year, with a festive Cinco de Mayo theme!
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Group with Mascot

Learning Unlimited Hits a Home Run

Our Learning Unlimited friends got the VIP treatment recently during their outing to see the Red Wings play baseball at Innovative Field. Once there, they watched an exciting game from the best seats in the stadium and enjoyed a catered meal in one of the luxury party suites.
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Group eating lunch

Planning a Taco Party at Westview

Cooking for a crowd requires extensive planning and a host of skills. Students in the 6:1:2 Complex Needs class at Westview in the Department for Exceptional Children discovered this when they decided to make a special lunch for fellow students and staff.
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Martial arts training

A Full Month of Fun with Learning Unlimited

Let's catch up with some of the excitement in the Spring 2023 Learning Unlimited program! March was a busy month, with three great events.
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Student eating a snack

Creative Problem Solvers at Westview

6:1:2 students at Westview in the Department for Exceptional Children wanted to learn how to make steak without an oven or stove top. They used the air fryer!
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Our Philosophy

The Department for Exceptional Children will provide innovative programs and services to our students with the support, tools, and diverse opportunities to grow into contributing members of society.

We will create dynamic learners who possess social awareness, confidence, and a belief in their ability to succeed through:
  • High quality and personalized learning opportunities.
  • Communication and advocacy skills to reach the highest levels of independence.
  • Safe, inclusive, and nurturing school environments for all.
  • Engaging families and communities in a network of support focused on achievement and continual improvement.