Kilmer Center Philosophy and Organization
Kilmer Center is a Fairfax County Public School for students, ages 5-21, with severe disabilities and/or autism.
Kilmer Center is a Fairfax County Public School that offers specialized instructional services for students, ages 5 through 21, with the disability designations of Multiple Disabilities, Autism, Intellectual Disabilities, and Intellectual Disabilities– Severe. The center is considered a public day school as part of the continuum of special education services for students who require a smaller learning environment and additional supports with appropriate accommodations and strategies in the least restrictive educational setting.
Curriculum areas include: Personal Management, Social Skills, School and Community, Career and Transition Skills, Motor Skills, Adapted Curriculum, Communication, and Self-Determination. Students participate in activities in the school setting and in the community with ample opportunities to demonstrate their abilities in a variety of settings.
Using a transdisciplinary model that seeks input from all professionals working with a student (school staff, physicians, and other outside resources), services are integrated to create an educational program that addresses the individual needs of each student. Teachers and specialists collaborate to develop IEP goals, objectives, behavior strategies, and the supports necessary to allow students to successfully transition to a less restrictive educational setting.
Programming for students at Kilmer Center includes:
Intellectual Disabilities (Severe): Students with intellectual disabilities (severe) participate in an adapted curriculum based on meeting the requirements of the Aligned Standards of Learning. The curriculum is based upon the physical abilities and cognitive levels of the students and emphasizes a strong adapted academic curriculum component in which access to learning materials is emphasized.
Transition: Students with multiple disabilities, intellectual disabilities, autism, and other development disabilities, who present challenging behaviors participate in an adapted curriculum based on meeting the requirements of the Aligned Standards of Learning. The curriculum is based upon the cognitive levels of the students and emphasizes a strong adapted academic curriculum component in which communication skills are emphasized.