Core Academic Classes
The Science curriculum at YBEC is based on the Pennsylvania State Standards and aligns with our local school districts curriculum maps. Each program has a three year course rotation which allows YBEC students to receive a full comprehensive curriculum like they would in their local school district. Teachers are encouraged to reach our students academically in non-traditional ways using hands-on and experiential activities. Students learn through labs and visual aids regularly which ensures a more thorough understanding of the material and keeps them fully engaged. Since class sizes are small, one on one direct instruction is also a part of the regular learning process. YBEC teachers collaborate their academics on an interdisciplinary level so students can comprehend the material in more than one subject. For example during a theme entitled "History of Industry" students learned about simple machines in Science, famous inventors in Social Studies, how to write a persuasive letter as an entrepreneur in English. Many of our students who have struggled with traditional education thrive in our interactive and experiential approach.
English Language Arts
The English Language Arts curriculum at YBEC is individualized for the needs of our students. Due to the large range of ages, abilities, needs, and post-secondary plans in our various YBEC programs, each campus modifies the curriculum to best support their students. Our small class size, creative, and interactive classrooms all focus on engaging and motivating students to help them build confidence as readers and writers. Our comprehensive curriculum helps students build foundational reading skills, standards-aligned literary skills, and key writing and communication skills. Students receive individualized writing support working through the writing process, and develop a feeling of accomplishment in writing, through publishing. YBEC utilizes direct instruction, relevant and contemporary literature of all genres, a variety of informational texts, and cross-curricular project based work, to motivate students and prepare them for the future. Student progress in language arts is monitored on a regular basis through AIMSweb and the use of standardized writing rubrics. In addition, YBEC is always focused on preparing students to effectively participate in the changing technological world. Computer and web-based activities are regularly integrated into the ELA curriculum, helping students develop these important post-secondary transition skills.
Social Studies curriculum at Yellow Breeches Educational Center is designed in a three year rotation to ensure that our students receive the required credits in the areas of: World History, Civics/Economics, and American History. Social Studies instruction is scaffolded and specially designed to meet each student’s individual educational needs. Various special education instructional techniques are utilized to ensure our students receive the most information possible from our instruction. The Social Studies department at YBEC strives to create interactive lessons that are tied to the state anchors to best ensure our students succeed educationally while enjoying their education process. An example of this occurred during a World History unit discussing the cold war. The students learned about the scientists and technologies that developed during the end of WWII and through the cold war. NASA lessons were used to describe the scientific advancements occurred during this time specifically for the space and rocketry programs. The students then built their own small rockets that were launched into the air.
The mathematics curriculum at YBEC is formed from the Pennsylvania State Standards and inspired by the Keystone State Exam topics. Our math department prides itself on using hands-on tools to teach our students different aspects of mathematics. The students benefit from a one-on-one environment in the classroom, receiving an individualized education that is beneficial for every student. Students also work in small groups or pairs during their math class
time to help with problem solving. Student progress is monitored on a regular basis through AIMSweb and the use of formal assessment. Technology is frequently used in the classroom to allow the students to practice their mathematical skills. For example, students may use Khan Academy, an educational website, to practice mathematics while being provided videos and slideshows to help if the student does not understand the question. YBEC students receive a mathematics education, with real world applications, throughout the school year which will helps develop post-secondary skills.