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​​  ​at Newhart Middle School 

25001 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, CA 92692

​​Office:  949-425-2232

​​​​Connections at Newhart is located in Mission Viejo on the comprehensive campus of Fred Newhart Middle School and serves students in grades six through eight who have extensive support needs. We have two classrooms, both that benefit from smaller class sizes, increase in staff to student ratio and structured educational expectations. Instruction is designed to meet individual needs of each student throughout the school day, including lunch periods.

Students focus on a functional skills curriculum and developing independence in preparation for high school, vocational opportunities, and community access. Teachers use evidenced-based instructional strategies and technology to teach functional skills aligned to the California State Standards. Instruction is based upon the following curricular skills: functional academics, communication, social-emotional/behavioral functioning, and motor skills so our students can maximize their independence in the domains of vocation, community, independent living skills and recreation/leisure activities.

Students have the opportunity to participate in activities with peers from the comprehensive program on campus. In addition, our teachers incorporate Community Based Instruction (CBI) for students to practice and generalize skills in the community. Students also participate in Exploratory Work Experience Education to work on vocational skills at various community sites. Establishing a functional means of communication for each student is also an important focus of the program. 

As a learning community, we believe that professional expertise, supported by collaboration between parents, students, teachers, specialists, paraprofessionals, and administration leads to a safe learning environment and positive student outcomes.