High School

Our intensive classroom academic-track programs seek to prepare students for successfully transitioning into, or back into, mainstream classrooms. Academics and Social Skills planning are both a large part of the success of these programs. We utilize principles and techniques based in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to promote skill acquisition and behavior reduction through individual and small group. Our research-supported curriculum is individualized, using observation, assessment, and reports, to meet each student’s needs and strengths in order to increase independence and confidence in the classroom.

Our adaptive vocational-track program seeks to prepare students to become the most meaningful participants in the home and community environments that they can be. These programs place additional focus on functional academics such as time, measurement, and money management, as well as real-world reading. Another key feature of this program is skill building in areas such as job readiness, home maintenance and housekeeping, and self care, all of which are based on The Syracuse Community-Referenced Curriculum Guide and individual assessments. Students build social, adaptive, and vocational readiness skills throughout their time at The Riley Center, which culminates in participation in community-based instruction in order to promote independence in the next phases of their lives.

Course Highlights

Functional Skills

Our students work on many adaptive skills to include washing and putting away clothes and dishes, basic home maintenance, preparing small meals and snacks, and even lawn care. The students have been able to practice these skills both in the school and home settings thanks to generous staff and community members.

Job Skills

We teach a variety of assessment-based skills that will benefit students across multiple careers of interests and abilities. Several community locations have opened their doors to allow us to put these skills to practice in natural environments, to include the Bailey Cove Branch of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, where students shelve and organize books and DVDs. Our students also volunteer at Manna House, preparing food to be served back to our community.

Community Participation

Weekly outings to locations such as Target, the bank, Publix, Wal-Mart, the mall, local restaurants, the park, the bowling alley, nature trails, Special Olympics, and more allow students to practice shopping, money management, self-help, social skills, and safety & awareness skills to promote independence in the natural environment.

The Riley Center’s Day School is a local 501c (3) non-profit and registered private school in the state of Alabama. Our staff is comprised of well-trained, highly educated professionals passionate about improving the lives of our students and families. Each classroom’s curriculum and instruction is overseen by certified teachers. Each class is also overseen by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) for individualized skill and behavioral programming and intervention. Classrooms are also supported by a team of Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) who implement programming and work hands-on with the students daily. Parent and student involvement are also key components to our students’ and programs’ success!

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an information meeting, please contact our Education Department.