Q: Is Chautauqua Learn & Serve part of Bay District Schools?
A: It is a public charter school.
Q: How old do students have to be to attend Chautauqua Learn & Serve?
A: Students are 18-22 years old for the school program and 22 years and older in the adult program.
Q: How is Chautauqua Learn & Serve different from other programs available in the local high schools?
A: This program utilized the Service Learning methodology and community based learning to enable students to gain skills or abilities while helping others.
Q: What do students at Chautauqua Learn & Serve do?
A: Students participate in projects and activities within the community to increase their independence, confidence and skills.
Q: Is it like college?
A: Although students are typically the same age as other people in college, this program is set up to teach students who have graduated with a special option diploma and the skills needed to increase their access and independence within the community.
Q: Does Chautauqua Learn & Serve have any kind of curriculum?
A: Students utilize the Life Centered Career Education curriculum to address skill acquisition and improvement through hands on, community based learning.
Q: Do students have an Individual Education Plan (IEP)?
A: Students in the school age program, 18-22 years, have an IEP and are eligible for services and funding just as they would if they attended a local high school.
Q: Do you offer Speech Therapy, Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Counseling, Orientation and Mobility, and/or Job coaches?
A: Students 18-22 years old continue to follow the same eligibility guidelines established by the state and receive services based upon this eligibility.
Q: How is the Adult Program funded and staffed?
A: This program does not receive state or federal funding and is funded entirely by donations. It is staffed by Americorp Vista Volunteers and other volunteers from within the community.
Q: Is Chautauqua Learn & Serve part of the Chautauqua Institute?
A: No, however it is based upon the same philosophy of life long learning for all people. Staff and students often get the opportunities to visit Chautauqua Institute and participate in classes and seminars. They are currently working with Chautauqua Institute to assist them in extending opportunities within the summer institute to more adults with disabilities from throughout the nation.
Q: Who should I contact so that my son/daughter/client/etc. can attend Chautauqua Learn & Serve?
A: Contact the school at 850.785.5056 in order to get information about eligibility and possible enrollment.