LiFT University Syllabus


Nikki Rodriguez

Program Director

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Days, Time, Location Class Meetings

LiFT U meets Monday-Friday from 8:45am-3:15PM. The locations change throughout the week, but we will start by meeting at LiFT U, and travel as a class to different locations.

Purpose and Descriptions

The courses for LiFT U will reinforce the students' academic foundation and provide an integrated approach to achieve personal independence and growth with a focus on career development, life skills instruction, social skills development, community inclusion, and self-determination.

Supplementary Materials

  • A 2-inch Trapper Keeper with pockets on the inside front and back cover. DO NOT get the Trapper Keeper that has an accordion folder inside. The Trapper Keeper usually lasts longer than 1 year.
  • One set of Two-pocket Insertable Tab divider - 8 per set.
  • A 3 holed pencil pouch to go into the Trapper Keeper
  • Paper hole self-adhesive reinforcements
  • Personal laptop.
  • Smart Phone.
  • 3 packages of 50 sheet protectors.
  • Sharpened pencils, pen, erasers (must bring 2 each day and keep in 3 hole pencil pouch.
  • Pack of colored pencils-sharpened10.
  • A calculator (may be on Smart Phone)
  • One package index cards
  • A Gmail account in student's name
  • A bank account in student's name
  • 1 inch 3 ring binder with 8 subject divider tabs
  • Envelope folder
  • One box of envelopes size 9 1/2 x 4 1/8

Modes of Instruction

Courses are presented in a combination of direct instruction with hands-on learning and computer-assisted instruction. The heterogeneous model of these courses include but not limited to:

  • Whole and small group instruction and activities, such as: discussion, lectures, guided learning groups, and learning centers
  • Individualized and differentiated instruction
  • Collaborative/Peer learning
  • Project-based learning and presentation also to include interning and developing developing Café Leo (lunch program for LiFT Academy K-12)
  • Use of technology in online and research-based learning

Students meet and participate in collaborative group activities, as well as work individually on assignments.

Course classes

Life Skills
  • Executive functioning
  • Transportation Education
  • Independent Living skills
  • Social interactions & phone skills
  • Appointment setting
  • Personal Budgeting & Bill Paying
  • Math fluency & Computation
Reading Comprehension
  • Current Events
  • Selected literature
Career Readiness
  • Developing & carrying out business plan for Up-LiFTer’s Café to include
  • Taking orders, shopping for supplies, and independently running Café Leo on a weekly basis
  • Learning and understand business based vocabulary words
  • Resume building
  • Interviewing skills
  • Community partner internship


Students receive a statement reporting their final grade at the end of each semester. Grading is based on:

  • Completed assignments & projects that are turned in on time
  • Class participation
  • Quizzes & Tests
  • Involvement in discussion and group activities
  • Time spend on web-based classes also to include completed assignments
  • Participation and effort with development of Up-LiFTer’s Café as well as working actively in all aspects of the Café
  • Community partner internship