The goal of the post-secondary Two Year Certificate Program is to transition students into a more independent lifestyle. Students participate in a variety of classes and real world experiences that allow them to make gains in the following areas: daily living, self-determination, interpersonal skills, and employment. The Life-Centered Education curriculum provides the foundation for coursework and programming at BHMA. BHMA’s Director of Academics is able to work with school districts to support a student’s Individualized Educational Plan.
Music is infused throughout the program, and all students are able to participate in lessons, ensembles, recitals and concerts. Students work with professional music instructors to learn beginner skills or advance to the next level of musicianship. The particular use of music at BHMA creates a blend of programming that leads to a dynamic, vibrant environment where students are motivated and engaged.
BHMA’s Academic Year runs from September through May. Students also have the option of participating in our eleven week Summer Extension Program (see school calendar).
The approximate cost of tuition for the 2018-19 residential academic year program is $69,500. Many families obtain funding from their school district or their state Department of Developmental Disabilities to pay their tuition at BHMA. Some families pay privately.
To read detailed descriptions of the courses outlined below, please view our course catalog.
Transition to Independence Courses:
• Money Management
• Personal Shopping
• Cooking and Meal Planning
• Community Independence and Travel Training
• Life Skills for Apartment / Home Living (Room Maintenance, Personal Hygiene, Laundry)
• Fitness and Stress Management (Yoga, Zumba, Dance Ensemble)
• Ensembles: Chorus, World Music, Musical Theater, American Roots, Jazz 'n' Soul, Saxophone, Rock 'n' Roll, African Drumming, Folk, Independent Ensembles
• Two individual music lessons per week: vocal, instrumental, dance
• Vocation through Community Service Learning (First Year)
• Vocation through Music & Human Service (Second Year)
• Social Skills at Work
Self-Determination and Interpersonal Skills:
• Social Skills I and II
• Circles: Understanding Relationships
• Men's and Women's Health
• Leisure Resources and Management
• Self-Advocacy Club
Students participate in a number of evening and weekend activities to further enhance social development and increase independence in managing all aspects of leisure time. Students choose outings of interest, budget and prepare for them, and work with their Residential Advisor to plan their evening and weekend time. This ensures they complete tasks of daily living in addition to enjoying recreational activities. Click here to learn more about Residential Life.
Summer Extension Program
The optional eleven-week Summer Extension Program is open to students who have completed at least one year of our Two Year Certificate Program. There is an additional fee for the Summer Extension Program. Courses and offerings are a continuation of our academic year, and serve as a bridge for students who benefit from structured summer programming to retain skills.