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College At Key

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Building College Success for students with dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning differences

College At Key is designed as a one-year only college-readiness program for recent high school graduates. The program is a partnership with Key School and Training Center and Beacon College. They both share common visions of the transformative power of their distinct curricula intentionally moored to and animated by signature experiential learning opportunities. Like Beacon College, Key School is a student and family-centered educational model driven by fidelity to a mission to support neurodiverse students in an abundant life and future. This is the foundation for College At Key.

Few college-bound students are ready for college, and students with learning differences sometimes have a more difficult transition. College At Key aims to help complex students improve academic skills, develop study habits, and earn college credit while offering needed support to transition successfully to a four-year university. By developing a toolkit, these students should have a decreased reliance on adults and be more aptly prepared upon exiting the program.

Welcome to College At Key!

We are pleased you are interested in learning more about our innovative new program! Since 1966, Key School has been a pioneer in the education of students with learning differences in Tarrant County, Texas. Our student-centered, family-focused approach mirrors the model espoused by Beacon College, the country’s first four-year accredited college to award bachelor’s degrees exclusively to students with learning disabilities. With the expansion to College At Key and in partnership with Beacon College, we are poised to offer a high-quality, one-year post-graduate experience for exceptional students. We look forward to meeting you at one of our upcoming information sessions!

Sincerely,

Beth Lamb, MANPM, APR
Executive Director

Key Benefits of the Program

Admissions Open House

Join us for an Admissions Open House about College At Key. Get a chance to tour the facility, meet Beacon College and College At Key representatives and learn about key dates for enrollment.

April 27, 2024

10:00am – 11:00am CST

Student Profile

Students with previous college attendance may be considered; maximum student age of 20

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Enrichment Courses

Academic advisors, college counseling centers, and professors across the country report that entering students struggle more with daily life stressors and need more support to manage setbacks. They lack the social, emotional, and executive functioning skills necessary to find postsecondary success. Add the impact of COVID and potentially a learning disability; neurodiverse students are less prepared than their peers. College At Key aims to combat these trends by actively addressing the skills that will increase postsecondary success.

The enrichment courses for College At Key supplement credit bearing coursework by teaching skills and strategies related to life at college. The enrichment courses introduce college skills, teach the importance of practicing the skill in the context of college, support the development of strategies that can be applied to life after College At Key, and communicate student progression to their family. Using real-life scenarios, group-based learning, and individual advising, students will depart enrichment courses with more confidence and understanding of the independence required at the collegiate level.

The enrichment coursework for the 2024-2025 includes:

When students enter college, they likely will be introduced to various types of writing including reflective, analytic, persuasive, or expository. Students in this course will be introduced to each of the main writing types and learn the rules, strategies, and best practices to write with comfort and confidence!

Students with learning disabilities often get asked, “what is your preferred learning style”? This course will focus on the process of learning by digging deep into how information is acquired, how your brain may store knowledge, and what helps or hurts how you produce work. At the end of this course, students will be able to reflect clearly on their learning difference and articulate what works best for them on a college campus.

One of the greatest aspects of college is meeting people from around the world. Depending on the size of the college or university, and the offerings through student life, first-year students can engage in a robust social life with clubs, organizations, and events in the residence hall. Yet, the social transition can also be overwhelming. This course will look at various ways to be part of a college community and the healthy ways to establish new relationships. It will also focus on various levels of college relationships, with a special focus on Title IX policies.

As students depart high school, individuals with learning disabilities are then protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For college students and those entering the workforce, this changes how support services are provided and the ways in which you receive accommodations. As research shows, many students with disabilities do not follow the steps necessary to receive appropriate accommodations in college. This enrichment course will provide an overview of student rights, responsibilities, and steps they can take for a successful launch into the “real world”.

College counseling centers are often reporting long wait lists and more student mental health concerns. Regardless of student profiles, mental health and wellbeing is an essential topic that all future college students need to explore. Students will focus on four main areas in this class to help prepare for the adjustment to college life: how to remain present in the moment, use coping strategies to manage stress, recognize your emotional state, and communication skills to improve advocacy.

While each college major may require different assignments, all students will have to engage in active research. This is a complex process, and depending on the discipline, may require different types of research methods. This enrichment course will look at research best practices as well as important topics related to citation styles and plagiarism.

Beacon College Coursework

Taught by adjunct faculties with a minimum of a master’s degree and under the training of Beacon College, students will exit the program after one year (two semesters) with 12 credits. Courses align closely with the general education requirements of most Texas public universities; however, transferable credits should be verified with college of choice.

This course will focus on critical thinking skills required to read, analyze, and synthesize written information, including the expansion of vocabulary and grammatical/mechanical skills required to successfully negotiate the writing process in preparation for reading and writing at the college level. (This is non-credit bearing course)

This class is designed to develop skills in writing multi-paragraph essays with emphasis on exposition, including the selection, restriction, organization, and development of topics. Students examine selected writing samples as models of form and sources of ideas for their own writing.

Discover how your choices directly impact your opportunities for greater success in college and life. Topics include accepting personal responsibility, discovering self-motivation, mastering self-management, employing interdependence, gaining self awareness, adopting lifelong learning, developing emotional intelligence, believing in oneself, and identifying individual learning styles and effective learning strategies. The development of critical thinking skills is implemented through self assessments, case studies, guided journaling and an individual research project.

Provides an overview of the principles of human behavior and the scope and methods of psychology. Topics include human development, intelligence, emotion, motivation, personality, social psychology, and abnormal behavior.

Examines the development of the United States from its colonial past to the end of Reconstruction. Emphasis is placed on the motivating factors of dissent, the Enlightenment, and slavery.

Advising & Transition Planning

All students at College at Key will have a transitional advisor that aims to increase student self-awareness, self-reliance, communication, and college preparation skills. Three times per week, students will either meet individually or in a group to reflect and develop the necessary competencies to perform at the rigor of full-time college life. Students will develop communication plans and a transitional binder to enhance their adjustment to their postsecondary environment of choice.

Open Learning

For many students, the rigor of college is connected to the amount of independent work required. Students must be able to manage both short and long-term tasks as well as the independent work required to read and study for exams. In College at Key students will participate in structured study sessions to enhance their initiation, planning, and organization skills. Supported by an instructor, students will independently manage their work with real-time support if they are stuck by a concept, assignment, or skill.