Post Senior Learning for Ultimate Success (4PLUS) offers extra support as deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired students from their home districts in Iowa pursue jobs in the community (independent employment) or take classes at local two-year colleges. Students need not have enrolled at ISD during their high school years to be eligible.
There is no charge to families for 4PLUS students. Tutoring, life skills training, room, board and program-related transportation* are provided as a service of 4PLUS (no billing for these services).
School districts may be billed for:
• one-on-one paraeducators
• daily transportation from home to ISD* (for students who live off campus)
• tuition for education training programs or community college classes
• equipment, tools, supplies required for job training
• required college textbooks and tools
• job coaching
• assistive technology
- Earned all state and locally determined credits
- Have unmet transition needs identified by the IEP team
- Documented hearing loss for deaf and hard of hearing students
- Documented vision loss for blind and visually impaired students
- Under the age of 21
- Criteria is met for one of the following paths:
Employment Path: Must be capable of independent employment, willing and able to work weekends and/or holidays, IEP team decision based on need for independent living and/or employment skills. Students on this path must be willing and able to work in the metro area 3 out of 4 weekends per month, adhere to the work schedule, and must accept a variety of work experiences. Preferences cannot be guaranteed.
College Certification Path: IEP team decision based on interest and aptitude of student, IEP team decisions based on need for independent living and/or employment skills, Vocational Rehabilitation IPE and/or teacher recommendation. Students in the certification training program should be capable of certificate training program course work and career work, are expected to attend all college classes and are required to work or volunteer part time.
College Degree Path (must have 3 of the 4 following criteria): ACT composite score of 14, Lexile score of 900 or above (approximately 6th grade level grade equivalency), high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 in non-modified courses, teacher recommendation. Students on the College Degree Path are limited to 3 college classes per semester, and are expected to attend all college classes. Students are required to work or volunteer part time.
All 4PLUS students will attend at least 10 hours of classes or tutoring at the 4PLUS Center. Students will also comply with all Iowa School for the Deaf campus rules and regulations as well as comply with all college campus rules and regulations.
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Students are provided instruction, support and practice in the following areas. Classes are determined by the IEP team.
Employability readiness skills
Independent health & lifelong fitness
Driver’s education (if applicable)
Independent living skills
Community awareness & exploration
Nutrition/meal planning & cooking
English, basic math (if needed)
Vocabulary is emphasized in all courses.
Iowa School for the Deaf High School Principal PH: 712.366.3237
Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Western Iowa Regional Director PH: 319.310.3408
Iowa School for the Deaf also houses the Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired 4PLUS program, which is set up in a dedicated space. Information on the program is available HERE.