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Functional Academics and Life-Skills Classes
New concepts are easily forgotten without continued practice. At Hidden Treasures Academy, we build on concepts taught in high school while incorporating functional academics with life-skills classes, allowing our students the opportunity to experience greater independence and a more fulfilling life. Each of our students are academically diverse. Therefore, we provide a tailored education based upon their individual needs. Our Life-Skills Classes focus on money math and personal finance, conversation and social skills, conflict resolution, appropriate whole body listening, personal hygiene, cooking and cleaning practicums, time management, current events and book club. We also offer personal academic supports and tutoring for students enrolled in college.
Music / Music Appreciation
Music is a lot of fun to listen to and to make, and we believe it is an important part of any well rounded education. Hidden Treasures Academy has a traditional handbell choir. Though traditional in nature, the Ringers do push the envelope of artistry in bells, with members often ringing four, five, six or more bells, and utilizing virtually all traditional and modern handbell techniques such as martellato and mart-lift, malleting, singing bell, toll ringing, echo ringing, and more. The choir currently covers up to five octaves of handbells and up to three octaves of chimes, depending on the piece. They ring a wide variety of music from traditional hymns through modern pop music and occasionally delving into the Avant Garde. They travel and perform throughout the Lakeway area at worship services, luncheons, and conferences. Our music director also provides personal vocal and music lessons on a variety of instruments based upon our student’s interests.
Our Computer Literacy Program teaches basic computer operations, computer care, word processing / desktop publishing, printing, e-mail, web browsing, internet safety and online research. Students learn about the different operating systems and Windows 10 is specifically taught in detail. Students learn the difference between an application and an operating system. They learn how to use and create Power Point presentations, Excel Spreadsheets, how to use Paint and Paint 3D, and how to use photo and video editing software. Students have access to ipads where they learn about its operating system, how to install and uninstall applications and how to update applications. Students also develop new social skills and positive peer relationships as they build confidence to interact with peers and staff through email correspondences in this class. Computer usage is integrated into other classes, included Functional Academics and Job Skills Training Program.
Fitness / Recreation
Hidden Treasures Academy uses Songahm Taekwondo as a basis for its fitness curriculum. The study and practice of Taekwondo benefits the students both mentally and physically. This fitness program incorporates character education while increasing the student's ability to focus and concentrate while performing physical tasks. The physical benefits include increased coordination, flexibility, cardiovascular improvement, muscle toning and strengthening, and improved balance. Additionally, the curriculum teaches students about setting goals and working to attain them, while improving their self-esteem and building their self-confidence as they see themselves improving and reaching those goals. Students participate in Taekwondo tournaments state wide and often bring home medals in their division.
Job Skills Training Program
We understands job preparedness is critical to the ongoing quality of life for our students. We have created an appropriate support system and training that results in positive and sustained employment outcomes for our students. On average, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities report a desire to work, however nearly 70% of the disabled population is currently unemployed – a statistic that has not improved in the last 30-years. Our students have reversed that disheartening statistic and currently 92% of our students are employed in the community earning minimum wage or higher and some are pursuing post-secondary educational opportunities at Walter State Community College. Being placed in the community is not the same as being a part of the community and having meaningful employment is a big part of that.