Welcome to Options
Program Mission Statement
The Options Program provides a quality Catholic education for high school age students with developmental disabilities in accordance with the teaching of St. Francis de Sales. Students are given the means to achieve spiritual, intellectual, social and physical development. The primary mission of the Options Program is to maximize students' potential while enabling their independence.
The Options are Ours
PVI Options serves high school students with intellectual disabilities and significant learning disabilities. Students should enter into the program with social skills and appropriate behavior patterns that will ensure their success. A primary goal for each student is to be as fully integrated as possible into the total life of the school community. Options places a strong commitment on academics with significant emphasis towards students' vocation/transitional exploration. Each student's plan is highly individualized.
The Options curriculum focuses learning in the following six domains of development:
The program operates in a language-based educational model predicated upon the following tenets:
- What a student will learn is clearly identified in the annual goals statement.
- Individual progress is based on demonstrated achievements.
- Each student's needs are accommodated through a variety of instructional strategies and assessment tools.
- Each student is provided time and assistance to realize his or her potential. The emphasis on student success is the cornerstone of this program founded on the belief that all individuals can learn. Students in the Options Program are required to take two semesters of religion during the school year.
Admission of students is determined by a defined process involving input from both staff and parents, as well as representation by the Admissions Review and Options Staff Committees. Additional information concerning the admissions policy can be obtained by calling Mrs. Desmarais, Director of Options, at 703-352-0925 ext. 333
Inclusion is determined by the Individualized Education Plan, (IEP). Generally, the criteria for inclusion is the student's ability to be successful in the included environment. Focusing on the individual assures inclusion to be a positive and rewarding learning experience. To the greatest extent possible, our goal is to integrate each student into the life of the entire school environment.
Student Peer Mentors are trained by the Options teaching staff and provide service extensively throughout the school community. They act as teachers, coaches, tutors, and friends. The Peer Mentor program is designed to enhance both the students' and mentors' self-esteem by allowing the development of interpersonal relationships.
PVI Peer Mentors video
Find out more about Options!
Visit our OPTIONS PRESS PAGE to watch the Options video, see our feature on Channel 9, and to read various newspaper articles written about our award-winning program.
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If an Options family has been processed through Smart Aid and found eligible for financial assistance, they may also request funds from the Options Endowment Fund Committee for additional financial assistance. For more information, please contact Mrs. Desmarais at 703 352-0925 Ext 333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.