By Ability

Autism Programs (ASD)

Although staff in all of our Special Education programs have the training and skills to work effectively with students with autism, the following programs are specifically designed to address the needs of students on the autism spectrum.

RISE       •
Reaching Independence through Structured Environments
River Valley Education Center  |  Grades K-8
St. Boni Education Center  |  Grades K-5

Stepping Stones       
Grades K-5
River Valley Education Center
St. Boni Education Center

PRIDE       •  
Practicing and Reaching Individual Dream Everyday
Grades 9-12
Shakopee Town Square

FOCUS     
Focused Opportunities to Consistently Teach Universal Social Skills
Grade 6-8
River Valley Education Center

ATTAIN     
Academics & Transition Tools to Achieve Independence for Students with Neurobiological Needs
Grades 9-12
Shakopee Town Square

LinC     
Learning in the Community
Grades 9-12
Shakopee Town Square

Transitions       •  
Ages 18-21
401 Building
Shakopee Town Square

PAES Lab & First Step       •  
Practical Assessment Exploration Program
Ages 14-21
Shakopee Town Square
A simulated work environment where students gain experience in a wide array of job opportunities.




Developmental Cognitive/Behavioral Programs (DCD)

RISE       •
Reaching Independence through Structured Environments
River Valley Education Center  |  Grades K-8
St. Boni Education Center  |  Grades K-5

PRIDE       •  
Practicing and Reaching Individual Dream Everyday
Grades 9-12
Shakopee Town Square

Transitions       •  
Ages 18-21
401 Building
Shakopee Town Square

PAES Lab & First Step       •  
Practical Assessment Exploration Program
Ages 14-21
Shakopee Town Square
A simulated work environment where students gain experience in a wide array of job opportunities.




Emotional/Behavioral Programs (EBD)

Stepping Stones       
Grades K-5
River Valley Education Center
St. Boni Education Center

OASIS     
Grades 6-12
401 Building
Freedom Academy

PRIDE       •  
Practicing and Reaching Individual Dream Everyday
Grades 9-12
Shakopee Town Square

Ascent     
Grades 6-8
River Valley Education Center

Passages     
Grades 9-12
401 Building

Transitions       •  
Ages 18-21
401 Building
Shakopee Town Square

PAES Lab & First Step       •  
Practical Assessment Exploration Program
Ages 14-21
Shakopee Town Square
A simulated work environment where students gain experience in a wide array of job opportunities.






• Autism Programs (ASD)

• Developmental Cognitive/Behavioral Programs (DCD)

• Emotional/Behavioral Programs (EBD)


The denotations for program focuses (ASD, DCD, EBD) are suggestions. SouthWest Metro works hard to ensure students are placed in programs where they receive the individualized support they need, regardless of diagnosis or disability.