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Curriculum and Student Support

The Wing Lake Developmental Center Program is a warm, supportive learning environment that helps our students grow by encouraging them to reach their fullest potential. Enrollment is based upon a multidisciplinary team evaluation of each student's strengths and needs.

Our Curriculum

We are passionate about making learning an enjoyable experience. Our instruction is based on Michigan Department of Education guidelines. We strive to help all students acquire the necessary skills to live, work and function as independently as possible.

At Wing Lake, each student's goals are determined by a team including the teacher, parents, therapists and other support staff.

Positive Behavior Support

Wing Lake incorporates positive behavior support on a school wide level. Using The S.O.A.R. acronym (Safe, On-Task, Attitude, Respect), students are taught appropriate behaviors through modeling and practice. A team approach is used to address individual student concerns. Support strategies are put in place to encourage each student to function at his/her full potential in a safe and respectful environment.

Teacher swimming with student

Adapted Physical Education

Wing Lake Adaptive Physical Education experiences are led by our certified Adapted Physical Education teacher and include sensory awareness and movement opportunities, as well as traditional gym games and activities. In addition, hydrotherapy is available for Wing Lake students.

Music at Wing Lake


All classrooms receive music experiences. A variety of activities are offered including keyboard, rhythm instruments, hand chimes and singing. The session is interactive and designed to allow students to participate.

Wing Lake Students creating art


Wing Lake students are able to learn about and create art through our partnership with local art therapy groups. We also enjoy participating in the annual district art show held at the Bloomfield Hills Library.

Catching a fish

Community Programs

Students participate in community outings which provide practical life experiences. They also interact with volunteers such as high school students, foster grandparents, and those involved in enrichment programs.