With a focus on a providing a student-centered approach to teaching, Kayne Siart uses the Dynamic Blended Inclusion (DBI) model that educates students with disabilities alongside their peers in the same classroom. The DBI model is a data-based, proactive approach that identifies and addresses the dynamic learning strengths and needs of all students through strategic collaboration and targeted differentiation in the most inclusive manner possible. This model of special education ensures teachers are meeting the educational needs of each child.
Mental Health Services
Staffed by bilingual and bicultural mental health professionals and interns, the Camino Nuevo Kayne Siart campus partners with three highly-effective, culturally-competent mental health providers that believe in nurturing the whole child in collaboration with families. Through partnerships with Didi Hirsch, Children’s Institute, and the Los Angeles Child Development Center (LACDC), Kayne Siart offers parent support groups, parenting workshops, student support groups, art classes, English classes, Spanish literacy classes, cooking classes, substance abuse prevention programs, individual and group counseling, crisis intervention and teacher training. In particular, the Mental Health Program serves low-income, high-risk students and families in need of counseling and treatment intervention.
After School Program
In partnership with the Youth Policy Institute, Camino Nuevo offers an after-school program with both academic assistance and enrichment activities such as computer training, homework assistance, athletics, and college-preparatory counseling. Tutoring and project-based activities are also offered every school day on the Kayne Siart campus until 6 p.m.
In addition to running an after-school program, YPI has also set up a Public Computing Center at Camino Nuevo as part of a $5.6-million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Public Computing Center at Kayne Siart is open daily from 7a.m. until 5:30p.m. with computer classes and tutoring sessions for students.
The Experiential Learning (EXL) program
The Experiential Learning (EXL) program at Camino Nuevo Kayne Siart merges extracurricular, real-world, hands-on activities with the theoretical foundations that student learn in the classroom. These activities are especially crucial for students with limited resources and exposure to experiences outside their communities. The EXL program contains five strands — Civic Engagement, Arts and Culture, Exposure to the World, College Readiness, and Health and Wellness — intended to foster growth and learning.
EXL activities help students to connect learning to a variety of social and cultural experiences and expand their career exploration. Finding new and innovative approaches to engage students who struggle in the traditional classroom or lack access to these after-school opportunities is key to Camino Nuevo's mission.