A partnership between Options Schools and The Behavior Analysis Center for Autism (BACA) provides families with the opportunity to have access to Applied Behavior Analysis therapy and accredited public education in one convenient location. The program first launched Sept. 3, 2019 & is accredited by the Indiana Department of Education.
Known as Options @ BACA, the program offers diploma, certificate and functional academic tracks based on the individual needs of each student. Options’ highly-qualified team is co-located within BACA Prep in Fishers. Students attending Options @ BACA receive an accredited education in a supportive environment. Families may also choose to participate in ABA therapy services provided by BACA.
Students attending the Options at BACA program will participate in the educational program for three hours each day, either during the AM or PM session. Students do not need to be receiving BACA services in order to enroll in the Options @ BACA educational program.
The Options @ BACA team consists of Program Leader Lisa Chandler, along with two teachers and one instructional assistant.
Interested in learning more about the program or interested in touring the Options @ BACA classroom? Email Lisa Chandler, Options @ BACA Program Leader: firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the purpose of Options @ BACA?
A: Options Charter Schools strives to serve all students needing alternative education with innovative platforms that meet their specific needs. By being located within the BACA clinic, students will have the opportunity to receive a blended approach to education and clinical services.
Q: How will Options @ BACA be structured?
A: Students attending Options @ BACA will participate in our educational program for 3 hours each day, either during the AM or PM session. Students will have the opportunity to work directly with the BACA clinical team to receive 3-5 hours of therapeutic services during the opposite of their educational time. Options will also work closely with the clinical team and the student’s support team (parents, guardians, and other wrap around service providers) to help set up any additional push-in services needed during educational time.
Q: Will students be eligible to receive a diploma?
A: Yes, Options @ BACA will offer traditional diploma and certificate options based on individual student needs.
Q: Will students have Individual Education Plans (IEPs)?
A: Yes, for all students that qualify, a move-in case conference committee meeting will be scheduled to develop the student’s initial IEP. Students will have individualized goals created by the case conference committee which will be reviewed on an annual basis.
Q: What is the classroom ratio?
A: Students will be in ratios of 3:1 during education time. There will be opportunities for student collaboration during group work as well as individual learning times.
Q: Does a student have to be enrolled in BACA therapy services to enroll?
A: Families may choose to enroll with BACA for clinical services to be provided during the opposite session from education. This is not a requirement to be enrolled in this program.
Q: Will a student have an ABA therapist with them in the classroom during education time?
A: No, teachers will be delivering educational content and managing any classroom behaviors, however there may be collaboration with BACA staff for individual support needs.
Q: What curriculum will students be using at Options @ BACA?
A: Classroom teachers will utilize a variety of resources based on individual student needs. This may include an online platform, hands on engagements or a combination.
Q: How many students will be enrolled in Options @ BACA?
A: Options at BACA is a pilot program and will only enroll 12 students for the 2019-20 school year. At the end of the first year, the program will be reevaluated to determine growth needs or program changes.
Q: What is the enrollment process?
A: Families can go the Options Charter School website to enroll: https://optionsschools.org/enroll-now
AM Session: 8:30-11:30
PM Session: 1:30-4:30
Official First day: Tuesday, September 3
Calendar: Will follow the Options school calendar