Cannon Valley Special Education Cooperative operates three sites – the SUN (Students With Unique Needs) Program at Laura Baker in Northfield, MN serves students on the autism spectrum with complex needs; the ALEX (Alexander Learning Academy) in Faribault, MN serves students with emotional behavior disorders; and the STEP (Secondary Transition Education Program) in Faribault, MN serves students 18-21 in their goal to live as independently as possible.
In addition to the instruction provided on a day-to-day basis, our team of caring professionals works tirelessly to support students and their families in everyday life and build a community that has an impact that extends well beyond the school day.
Students With Unique Needs (SUN) Program at Laura baker
Small class sizes ... caring professionals ... a structured learning environment. The team of teachers at CVSEC's SUN Program at Laura Baker is experienced in working with students who fall on the autism spectrum. Our curriculum supports each student’s academic, social and emotional development, emphasizing the importance of working both independently and collaboratively with other students.
SUN Program at Laura Baker
211 Oak Street - Millis Hall
Northfield, MN 55057
Alexander Learning Academy (ALEX)
Low student-teacher ratio … customized instruction … a positive environment. The Alexander Learning Academy’s team is extraordinarily skilled at working with students who have emotional behavior disorders. We believe that all children can succeed and delight in celebrating students’ success.
Alexander Learning Academy
128 8th Avenue NW
Faribault, MN 55021
Secondary Transition Education Program (STEP)
Preparing students to live as independently as possible after high school is at the core of STEP. This individualized program is designed for students ages 18-21 who have a current Individualized Education Plan (IEP), which demonstrates significant transition needs. There are four key components to the program:
- Classroom Instruction
Courses are designed to meet the unique needs of each student and help them obtain their high school diploma.
- Practical Assessment Exploration System Lab
This program helps students explore their work interests and skills and provides hands-on simulated work exploration and work behavior development.
- Work Experience Opportunities
Students are matched with work opportunities to help them further explore their interests and meet their educational needs.
- Learning Lab
Students are provided with access to a kitchen, laundry facilities and a living space to develop transition skills.
2800 First Avenue NW
Faribault, MN 55021