Center Based K-12 Program

Last Updated: 6/5/2020 5:29 PM

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Male student smiling at camera as students in the background are laughing and talking to one another

 

KSB's full-time Center Based K-12 Program, located on our campus in Louisville, follows the Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS). What makes us unique is that we embed the components of the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC) for students with visual impairments throughout the school day and in our after school program. Other features include:

 

READING AND WRITING BRAILLE

This usually begins at the primary school level. In some cases where a student suddenly loses vision or has an eye disease that is known to lead to blindness, the instruction in Braille may start at a later date. Students with adequate residual vision are provided with enlarged print materials and optical aids. A student's reading medium is determined by evaluations conducted by experienced and trained faculty.

a child's hands on a page with braille

 

ASSISTIVE/ADAPTIVE TECHNOLOGY

Students in all grades have access to computers that have been specially adapted to meet their visual needs. Computers in all classrooms, labs, and in the dormitories are speech accessible and/or have large print displays. Students have access everything they need, including Braille notetaking devices, large print, electronic magnifiers and more.

 

Student using a CCTV for enlargement of reading material

 

With over 25,000 volumes, our library rivals most public libraries. Students have access to any format to accommodate their visual needs, including books in Braille, large print, twin-vision, and audio.

 

 

COMMUNITY BASED INSTRUCTION (CBI)

CBI classes are offered to students who have special needs in the areas of functional development and practical living. Direct instruction is provided in a variety of community environments for those students to gain experience and confidence.

Student mopping floor.

 

INDEPENDENT LIVING PROGRAM

This program is designed to aid high school students as they prepare to transition into post-secondary life. Students explore and develop personal life management skills for living a safe, responsible, and socially acceptable lifestyle.

Students cooking using the oven.

 

WORLD OF WORK PROGRAM

In collaboration with Kentucky Office for the Blind, this high school vocational program places students in jobs at local businesses in order to gain valuable work experience prior to graduating.

Student reading to small child.

 

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

These activities athletics, forensics, after school work program, choir, fitness club, music instruction, radio broadcasting, scouting programs, weightlifting club, and yearbook club.

Four student goalball players.

 

SHARED PLACEMENT
PART-TIME PARTICIPATION IN JCPS

Students may attend local Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) for part of the school day. This cooperative arrangement between KSB and JCPS offers students a broader range of academic and vocational courses, and allows them to interact with students who are not visually impaired.

 

 

Contacts

Martin Monson
Principal
502-897-1583, ext 0206
 
Assistant Principal
502-897-1583, ext. 0202
 
Melissa Cantrell
Director of Special Education
502-897-1583
 
Cortnea Schuster
Counselor
502-897-1583, ext 0203
 
Libby Walden
School Psychologist
502-897-1583, ext 0202
 
Allison Chandler
Student Program Supervisor (Dorm)
502-897-1583
 
Ashley Swafford - 2nd shift
Alice Robinson - 3rd shift

Dormitory Supervisor

502-897-1583, ext 3211
 
Connie Sea
Nursing Supervisor
502-897-1583, ext. 3213 or 3215