Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative (LPVEC)
http://sites.google.com/a/lpvec.org/lpvec/

The Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative, organized in 1974, is a group of seven school districts. The member school districts are: Agawam, East Longmeadow, Hampden-Wilbraham Regional, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional, and West Springfield. The primary purpose of the LPVEC is to expand the quality of education in the member school districts. Basic to the Collaborative's efforts is the premise that there are numerous educational services which can be provided more effectively and efficiently by pooling the resources and students from several school districts.

Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative
174 Brush Hill Avenue
01089 West Springfield , MA
United States
Massachusetts US

Available Programs

Brush Hill Academy (BHA) is a forward-thinking, alternative education program in which general education and special education teachers provide small group and individualized support, with a maximum of 12 students per class. A clinical consultant provides group counseling and consultation to staff to provide support in managing at-risk behavior. The program serves general education and special education students who are considered at-risk and who may have mild social/emotional needs. The program is located in LPVEC’s Career and Technical Educational Center, giving students access to a state-of-the-art vocational program. The academic piece of the program follows the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.

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The Career Preparation Program is designed for adolescents with moderate delays in academics, language, and social skills. This program provides instruction in all academic areas at levels modified to students' learning abilities. Focus is also placed on developing pragmatic skills and life skills. Older students have the opportunity to participate in pre-vocational experiences in the building and in the community. The Career Prep Program provides a small, structured setting that allows for individualized and small group instruction. The program is located in one of our member district high schools, providing students with the opportunity to participate in mainstream classes. 

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The Career Skills Program is designed for adolescents with mild to moderate learning disabilities with high-functioning Autism. There is a strong emphasis on academics, technology and social skills as students prepare to be college and career ready when they complete high school. Students have the opportunity to take courses online, face-to-face or in a hybrid format. Career Skills offers group pragmatics and social skills instruction, support in improving executive functioning, and group counseling to support students in navigating their social environment effectively and successfully. Career Skills is located in one of our member district high schools; students have access to the general curriculum through mainstream classes within the building.

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The Compass High School program is designed for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Compass High offers group pragmatics and social skills instruction, support in improving executive functioning, and group counseling to support students in navigating their social environment effectively and successfully. This program focuses on developing communication skills, self-regulation, academic skills, daily living skills, and independence. Students develop skills for self-advocacy, social skills, interpersonal communication and self-monitoring capabilities. There is a very strong emphasis on social pragmatics, helping students develop skills such as joint attention, perspective taking, and social interest.

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The IOP Program is designed for students with mild cognitive delays and learning disabilities who meet the criteria for LPVEC’s Career and Technical Education Center as outlined in the CTEC application for admissions. The program combines academics, career and technical education, and employability skills. Students spend half of their school day in academics and the other half in career and technical education. The focus of IOP is to provide academic instruction to meet graduation requirements and prepare students for successful placement in a career/technical field. The program is located in the Lower Pioneer Valley’s Career and Technical Education Center in West Springfield.

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The Autism Programs are designed for students with moderate to severe Autism and other related disabilities who may require physical assistance, personal care assistance and/or medical care. The program focuses on teaching students the skills to achieve as much independence as possible in the school and community. Students are also taught functional academics, adaptive living skills, and pre-vocational skills using elements of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Applied Verbal Behavior. Elements of ABA are used to develop basic skills like looking, listening, and imitating, as well as complex skills like reading, conversing, and taking the perspective of others.

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The TAP program provides temporary instructional and counseling support, as needed, for students who are suspended from their current school or transitioning between educational placements. TAP is a well-supervised, highly structured program that provides clear and consistent behavioral and academic expectations. Students may attend this program from one to forty-five days. Academic work, textbooks, and other class-specific materials are provided by the student’s home school district. Students in the TAP program may participate in physical education classes on-site.

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The Twain Program is designed for students with social/emotional and behavior disorders. The program focuses on developing skills related to self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, social awareness, and relationship building. The program is located at LPVEC's facility on Brush Hill Avenue in West Springfield. Students may access Career TEC for vocational education if appropriate. The program follows the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Students also receive individual and group counseling to facilitate the development of the critical skills needed to manage their own behavior. 

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This program is designed for students with moderate delays in cognitive ability. It provides a half day of functional academics and a half day of vocational skills training either in a vocational educational program or in a community job placement. The program prepares students to make the transition from school to the world of work and adult life. The program is located in one of our member district high schools, providing our students with the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities, mainstream classes and school assemblies. The program follows the Common Core State Standards. Instruction is presented at the student’s level and according to the student’s Individual Education Plan.

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