Congratulations 2017 STEP Graduates!

Congratulations 2017 STEP Graduates!
Posted on 05/17/2017
This is the image for the news article titled Congratulations 2017 STEP Graduates!It was a joyous and inspirational graduation ceremony for thirteen students, their families and their dedicated educators on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.  A packed house at the Boise Senior Center was full of smiling faces, laughter, a few tears and a great deal of pride as thirteen students enrolled in the District's STEP program graduated.

STEP, Student Transition Education Program, is an innovative community-referenced program designed to teach critical functional daily living skills to young adults with disabilities.  

"STEP is a safe place where students and staff treat themselves and others with respect, are given quality care and feel valued as individuals," said Karen Gillette, STEP Facilitator.  "Students develop friendships and work hand-in-hand with the community to gain knowledge and experience. The overall goals are to develop vocational, self-determination, self-advocacy, and life skills in order to reach maximum independence."

STEP is designed to take instruction beyond the classroom walls and deliver services in the surrounding community from four central sites in the Boise School District.  STEP is not intended to replace high school instead it is an extension of free, appropriate public education from  the high school to an age-appropriate community setting. The STEP program closely resembles adult experiences that students move into after completion of the traditional high school program.

We congratulate each of the following STEP 2017 graduates and wish them well in their future endeavors!

Additional photos from the graduation ceremony are available here

2017 STEP Program graduates
Pictured left to right - bottom row seated: Amber Lindig, Sinclaire Graff, Austin Freckleton, Kyle Johnson, Kim Lamb. Front row on Stage: Taylor Stevenson, Chandra Sarki, Avery Wymer, Jeremy Arausa, Lizzie Reedy. Back row: Sierra Fletcher, Brayden Mansfield, Chris Huntsman.

This article is an example of how the Boise School District is focused on implementing the District's Strategic Plan goals - Goal 1 - Quality Teaching and Learning; and Goal 2 Educational Opportunity