Classroom 5 is a community made up of 8th and 9th grade students. On a typical day, students are engaged in academic subjects such as Math, Science, English, History, and a quarterly elective course. For the 2022-2023 school year, our electives have included theatre, art, and health and relationships. Additionally, Classroom 5 students participate in Recreational Therapy every day.
Our classroom offers students the opportunity to develop a positive sense of self as they explore different aspects of their identity (academic, cultural, gender, etc.). The current students in the Classroom 5 community share a passion for social justice, equity, and respect. Outside of Overlake Specialty School, our students have shared interests in drawing, technology, active games, and strategic games.
Although our students will receive direct instruction on how to apply coping skills, build frustration tolerance, and be positive members of a community, the goal is for students to be able to generalize and independently apply skills that will be used across all aspects of the students’ lives. Students begin to feel empowered by the positive feelings they get when they do well and meet their goals. These feelings of pride motivate them to continue striving for excellence and pursuing larger goals.