Driftless Pass School

The Driftless Pass School is OPENED June 15th for Summer School Session.  Through the continued use of face masks, face shields, and gloves, and with the addition of specially made tables to help shield each student while working, we are excited to once again be back in the classroom offering services to our families and students.  We continue to monitor all potential infectious disease risks and adjust our plans and procedures accordingly.

Disability Services currently offers an alternative to public school for students whose needs are difficult to meet in traditional public school classrooms, even with supports of accommodations and modifications. Students who enroll at Driftless Pass may display challenging behaviors due to mental health needs, experienced trauma, Reaction Attachment Disorder or a diagnosis of Developmental Disability as well as Autism Spectrum Disorders. Students may also have associated medical issues such as a seizure disorder that can complicate the education program.

Driftless Pass School is separated into elementary, middle and high school rooms. In addition, there are transition opportunities where students, ranging from ages 14-18, work on functional life skills helping them prepare for future employment. Students participate in life skills such as cooking, bowling and volunteering at Clearwater Farm. Students also have opportunities to access programs in the community to serve their needs. Students participate in an approved core curriculum, as well as art, music and gym classes. Class sizes are very small, allowing a high level of one-to-one support by licensed special education teachers and highly trained classroom support specialists.

All of our employees are required to be certified in Non-Violent Crisis Prevention and Intervention (CPI) annually, as well as CPR and First Aid. Catholic Charities has a CPI and CPR/First Aid trainer on staff who frequently offers training.

2020 Summer School Program
The purpose of Summer Programming is to provide support for parents and caregivers by offering services in daily living, social skills and opportunities for summer recreation to individuals with developmental disabilities. Classes are offered in La Crosse from mid-June to mid-August, and are available to K-12 students and students ages 5-21. If you have any questions, please contact Steve Burnette at 608.519.8040 or Breta Lee at 608.519.8032 or 608.403.7274.

Weekly Outings
Students attend a variety of weekly outings at libraries, pools, parks and movie theaters. These outings have included the Norskedalen Nature Center, Clearwater Farm, The International Owl Center, N.A.S.A Pontoon Boat Ride, La Crosse County Fair, Myrick Park and Marcus Summer Movies Series.

Private pay is accepted at any time. Public enrollment must be approved for services by the school district or county funding human services department. Please contact your child’s teacher, case manager or social worker to get started. Please include a copy of the students IEP or contact Breta Lee at blee@cclse.org or call 608.519.8032 or 608.403.7274 for a registration form.