Highlights & Achievements
Fairview South programming is designed to meet the unique needs of secondary age students with significant intellectual disabilities, students who are medically fragile and students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Students may also need support in the areas of nursing, personal cares, communication, behavior, vision, hearing, physical and motor skills. Students benefit from a full time Nurse, as well as Occupational, Physical, Speech, Music and Art Therapists. Classroom staff are trained in personal cares, ranging from g-tube feeding/pumps, medication administration, toileting/incontinence care, seizure care, to positioning/skin integrity. Teaching staff is highly skilled in building on each student's individual abilities and strengths, and designing standards based curriculum to encourage participation in academic and functional skills.
Students from Southeast Wisconsin counties including Waukesha, Milwaukee, Racine, Washington, Jefferson and Ozaukee have been educated at Fairview South School since 1971.
Fairview South programming is individualized with the goal of developing a level of independence, consistent with each student's potential and based on his or her IEP. Areas include but are not limited to:
Daily Living Skills: Functional Academics, Independent Living, Self-Care, Sensory and Motor Integration, Post-secondary School Transition Planning
Communication Skills: Speech & Language, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Social/Pragmatic Skills, Assistive Technology, Sign Language
Community Based Skills: Mobility & Safety, Consumer Education, Math/Money/Reading
Standards Based Academic Curriculum: Standards based curriculum in Literacy, Numeracy, Science and Social Studies.
Vocational Skills: Classroom and In-school Jobs, Elmbrook Work Center-subcontracted work, Community Work Experience
Social Activities: Annual School Camp Day, Dances, Winterfest, Holiday Open House, Graduation
A strong team approach is important for the Fairview South staff in the teaching and supervision of all students. Smaller class sizes, with low staff to student ratios, are provided to meet educational needs. Fairview South's excellent staff consists of:
- Certified Special Education Teachers (Cognitive Disabilities, Emotional/Behavior Disabilities, Multicategorical)
- Licensed Teaching Assistants
- Full-time Licensed Nurse
- Adaptive Physical Education Teacher
- Adaptive Music Therapist
- Adaptive Arts Therapist
- Speech-Language Pathologists
- Occupational Therapist
- Physical Therapist
- Teacher for the Hearing Impaired
- Teacher for the Visually Impaired
On-site School Administrator, Office & Building Personnel
The Fairview South environment is truly unique. Coordination of the school's daily schedule and individual classroom scheduling is designed to reduce transitions and provide maximum instructional flexibility for all students.
An accessible building smaller than a typical school allows students to move safely and with greater independence. Each classroom is equipped with heating and air conditioning units, and electrical systems have been upgraded throughout the building. Most notably, a beautiful "apartment" setting has been created within the school so students may learn life skills training without having to leave the building. Additionally an outdoor recreational area provides students a safe area to learn leisure time skills in a park-like setting.