Char-Em ISD operates special education classrooms on behalf of our local school districts in order to provide additional options in the continuum of least restrictive placements for students with disabilities. Educators in our classrooms provide specialized instruction for students who exhibit needs in the areas of academics, daily living skills, communication, positive behavior and transition that cannot be met within local school district classrooms. The majority of Char-Em’s classrooms are located within our local school districts to ensure that the students we educate are interacting with same-aged peers and have the ability to attend classrooms in the general education environment when appropriate. We have classrooms located in Alanson, Boyne City, Boyne Falls, East Jordan and at the Patricia A. Taylor School for Exceptional Learners in Petoskey. Char-Em ISD program classrooms serve students from pre-school through the age of 26 who reside in our local school districts.
Each Spring, Char-Em ISD hosts a day of events for program students, known as Job Olympics. Students participate in a variety of “events” that are skills they’ll need in the real world – at home and in the workforce. Examples of activities include sorting recyclables, doing laundry, stacking groceries on shelves, making beds, custodial work, plumbing repair, First Aid, and much more. Students are awarded with medals at the end of the day for excelling in certain events. Area students volunteer to assist at each event station, as do members from the community and the ISD staff.