At Y.A.L.E. School, we believe that every student can reach his or her potential given the right instruction and the right environment. At the Y.A.L.E. School’s Vocational Annex, we offer hands-on learning experiences that teach real world skills to our students, stimulating their curiosity and preparing them for life and job success. The programs we offer at Y.A.L.E. School include:


Woodworking empowers students to create something physical from a rigid set of materials. Our applied arts space features all necessary tools for cutting, sanding, wood-burning, and more. Our teachers carefully supervise and guide our students as they create their wooden works of art and items with both form and function.


In our visual arts area, students create their own unique designs on our top-of-the-line computers. These designs can be printed in both small and wide-formats like postcards, flyers, and posters, as well as onto t-shirts, mugs, and more.


Whether a student is working in the wood shop or print shop, their work isn’t just for school projects. Our students design and make products for a variety of customers including businesses, agencies, and anyone in the community eager to support these emerging entrepreneurs.


For our technology focused students, two programs in the Annex pique this special interest: Green Vision and Robotics. Our Green Vision program offers hands-on technology experience; showing how different electronics are created as they are disassembled for proper recycling. Green Vision helps keep tech waste out of landfills while compensating our students for their eco-friendly efforts.


The Y.A.L.E. School robotics program gives students the opportunity to learn programming, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering skills in an environment that fosters teamwork and creativity. Together as a team, students create a robot and compete in various competitions throughout the season.


Y.A.L.E. School is one of the only schools for individuals with disabilities in the country with access to an advanced driving simulator. In partnership with university researchers, trained Y.A.L.E. staff lead an in-depth series of lessons helping students learn the basics of vehicle operation. From turning a corner to proper use of the pedals, the Y.A.L.E. school driving simulator gets our students road ready for life.


At the Y.A.L.E. School Annex, students have the opportunity to cook in a top-of-the-line, industrial kitchen alongside staff certified in both special needs education and professional culinary arts. In the kitchen, students learn skills with career potential that will also help them in everyday life. Additionally, Y.A.L.E. students are able to complete their culinary training with a ServSafe certificate, administered by the U.S. National Restaurant Association.


Music and performing arts stimulate the mind and the soul. At Y.A.L.E. School we offer a music and performing arts program that teaches our students the basics of the craft while encouraging them to further explore these fields.


To assess interests and develop job awareness, the annex provides opportunities for students using the Paxton Patterson learning system. Through computer-based instruction combined with hands-on activities, career-specific modules teach students skills for a variety of vocations, such as veterinary services, forensic science, animation, the trades, digital manufacturing and more. Paxton Patterson transforms the exploration process by exposing students to the practical and professional skills used within a career cluster.

Designed with 21st Century life, college and careers in mind, the vocational annex prepares students for future success in a stimulating, resourceful and positive learning environment that promotes positive transition outcomes for all students.