What is the difference between high school and Evergreen?

Evergreen is a community-based program.  Students in the program are generally out several days a week applying what they have learned in the classroom in a real-life setting. While in Evergreen, students do not join the high school assemblies nor participate in the high school bell schedule.  For the most part, jobsites dictate student schedules.

Will be student have graduated before coming to Evergreen? What about their diploma?

No.  Students may attend their high school graduation ceremony and receive the empty diploma case, however he/she will not receive their official diploma until they graduate from Evergreen.  We hold our own graduation ceremony each year in June.  Students receive a diploma from the high school they attended. A student’s graduation date on the IEP will reflect the year they leave Evergreen, not the year they leave high school.

What is the attendance procedure?

We are not a part of Interlake’s attendance system.  If your son/daughter is sick, please contact the classroom teacher directly via phone or email.

Is there standardized testing in Evergreen?

No.  Most students have already participated in all mandated testing while in high school.

What do students’ IEP goals look like at Evergreen?

The overall focus in the Evergreen program is ultimately to gain meaningful employment, as well as to gain independence with Adaptive, Communication, & Social Skills that will allow students to generalize skills in the community better.  While students still work on academics, these goals are geared in a very functional direction.  A writing goal may include working on a resume, email skills, or writing personal information.  A reading goal may include reading a bus schedule or a grocery list. A math goal may include a budgeting or shopping goal. These are just some examples. IEP goals are individualized per student.

How much time do students spend at jobsites?

This completely depends on the student.  Most new students spend the first few weeks at Evergreen participating in pre-vocational assessments.  Once teachers are familiar with student’s skills, and have had input from families and former teachers, students are placed at a jobsites.  Some students may even take longer to be placed at jobsites if the IEP team believes that he/she is not yet ready to participate safely in a community outing.  Depending on the jobsite availability and the student’s work stamina, he/she may work anywhere from 1 day a week to 4 days a week.

When do they get a paid job?

Again, this depends.  Students whom are eligible for DDA services can participate in King County’s School-To-Work Program their third year. During this time, they work with our embedded employment vendor, the At-Work! Agency.  After several assessments and work trials, the goal is to eventually be placed in a paid employment position. For some students, this happens early on in the school year.  For others it takes some time.  The goal is for students to graduate with a paid job.  DDA will provide long-term job support.

Students whom are not eligible for DDA can still access short-term job support through DVR services (Department of Vocational Rehabilitation).

What will my son/daughter’s schedule be at Evergreen?

We follow the time table that he/she had in high school.  The school day is from 7:30-2:30 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and 7:30-12:30 on Wednesday.  While the majority of students attend full time, we do have a handful of students participating part-time to accommodate their work schedule.  The decision of implementing a part-time schedule is an IEP team decision.

What does my student do for lunch?

Students are encouraged to bring their own lunches from home if possible, as the ultimate goal of our program is to start preparing students for the work force. Most employees bring their own lunches to their work site. Free & Reduced Priced lunches are available through Interlake High School Cafeteria.

How will my son/daughter get to school?

If he/she took the school bus to high school, then those services can continue.  We also encourage students to take metro or walk to school if at all possible!  Some students can take the King County Access bus as well.

What happens after he/she finally graduates? Are there transition services available to help plan the future?

The teachers and program coordinator work closely with families to ensure that students are connected to agencies as appropriate and have all available services if applicable (DDA, DVR, Guardianship, Medicaid, SSI, etc).  Parents are invited to a series of informational nights which include guest speakers from various agencies (day programs, supported employment, college programs, etc). They are also invited to several meetings throughout their time in Evergreen with the teacher and program coordinator to check in and discuss status of services, plan next steps, etc.  It is our goal that we help not only transition students to a successful post-secondary future, but help transition the families as well.