What does L.I.F.E stand for?
L stands for learning. We concentrate on learning skills necessary for your student to be successful in their adult life.
I stands for independence. We work at making your student as independent as they can be. We teach the students skills about responsible adult decisions and expect this from them. Natural consequences are the best achievement tool that we can use.
F stands for fun. We want our students to be socially appropriate and look at activities that they can do after the L.I.F.E. Academy. We want to teach them how be appropriate in a variety of social situations.
E stands for employment. We assess and teach the skills necessary to be successful in the working world. We aim to have the experiences that are realistic but also have high expectations.
Can I take classes at WITCC and go to L.I.F.E. Academy?
No, WITCC and the L.I.F.E. Academy are two different programs. If you are able to take classes at WITCC, it is expected that the student can take a college level course independently. The L.I.F.E. Academy is not a prep program for college as we are more focused on the functional life skills.
We were formerly called the L.I.F.E. Academy in the Sioux City Community Schools. To help prevent some confusion with other programs and L.I.F.E. Academy services offered at WITCC and within the school district, we changed our name to the LIFE Academy starting the 2014-15 school year.
Our Outcomes and Goals
The L.I.F.E. Academy is a post high school program that is needed to complete IEP goals. We focus on adult skills and behaviors. We aim for our students to have a social network of personally meaningful relationships, to be safe and healthy, to have a variety of places to engage in meaningful activities, to teach functional academics and vocational skills related to work and life. We refer to our L.I.F.E philosophy as students succeed in adulthood with individualized expectations in the classroom and in the community.
OUR TYPICAL SCHEDULE
Monday: work sites, functional academics, social skills
Tuesday: go to Briar Cliff College for PE class with college students, ride the Sioux City Transit bus, eat lunch at the college
Wednesday: work sites, functional academics, special activities, grocery store trips, cooking
Thursday: community outings and cooking skills
Friday: bake Otis Spunkmeyer cookies, sell them in the community, clean classrooms, lunch in the WITCC cafeteria, and social/leisure time