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CBI ILS TTI (Transition Toward Independence)

Mission Statement


Our mission is to provide for maximum independence, continued learning, and personal growth for young adults with differing intellectual disabilities, ages 18-22, in the areas of independent living, vocational skills, community integration, recreation and leisure, and 21st century technology by providing instruction in the classroom and the community.

Office Staff

Principal:  Darryl Hawthrone

Secretary:  Chrystal Hernandez

Office Hours:7:30 - 3:00

School Location

4330 Keema Avenue

North Highlands CA 95660

Phone: (916) 566-3495

Fax: (916) 566-3551

Attendance Line: (916) 566-3495 ext. 2

School Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 7:30 am - 2:37 pm

Wednesday:  7:30 am - 12:37 pm

Breakfast is served 7:30 am - 8:00 am


The Dignity of Risk


Dr. Bruce Ostertag, California State University in Sacramento,

School of Education, Education of Exceptional Children


Success has been defined as the ability to go from failure to failure without becoming discouraged. It's the old familiar idea of trial and error. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Throughout various stages of life, we use this technique to find out what works for us and what doesn't. It means venturing into unfamiliar territory. It means taking risks. But from this process we gain the wisdom and toughness required for maturity and independence. The best educational programs are those in which we are given responsibilities and then allowed to make mistakes. We find out that mistakes are to learn and go forward from.


However, children with disabilities are often protected from this opportunity by those around them who want to shield them from the discouragement of failure, the realities of life. This negative "father knows best" approach emphasizes what can't be done rather than encouraging what might be accomplished by trying. It assumes failure instead of recognizing that even an attempt to try is positive in itself. This attitude fosters dependence instead of independence because it assumes that people without disabilities know what is best for people with disabilities. It overlooks the fact that children, even those with disabilities, will mature and accept responsibility if they are not forced into dependence.


Every developing human being, with disabilities or without, needs an environment which encourages trying. Everyone must have an environment which offers possibilities and opportunities to learn from mistakes, instead of negative warnings of what can't be done. Everyone needs an opportunity to try and an opportunity to fail, in other words, an opportunity to learn.


Weather Reminder

Students participating in Community Based Instruction go out into the community, rain or shine.  Please dress for the weather.  Consider sunscreen, a hat, and a water bottle during hot days.

TRUSD District Links

Links to Resources (non-district services)

Twin Rivers Unified School District Nondiscrimination Statement

Twin Rivers Unified School District Nondiscrimination Statement


Twin Rivers  Unified School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.



If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, you should immediately contact the school site principal, Director of the Student Services (CCR Title 5 and Title IX Officer), Rudy Puente, at 916-566-1620 or rudy.puente@twinriversusd.org. A copy of TRUSD uniform complaint or TRUSD non-discrimination policy are available upon request.



If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, you should immediately contact the school site principal, Superintendent of Human Resources/Labor Relations (CCR Title 5 and Title IX Officer), Dr. Jacqueline Perez, 916-566-1736 or Jacqueline.perez@twinriversusd.org . A copy of TRUSD uniform complaint or TRUSD non-discrimination policy are available upon request.



When students are absent, they NEED to clear their absence by calling the school's attendance line at (916) 566-3495 extension 2.  If he or she is in a class that goes off campus, he or she should also contact his/her teacher to let them know.  

Important Upcoming Dates:

February 15, 2017

Minimum Day


February 16-19

President's Day Weekend - No School


March 16

Teacher Work Day - No School for Students


March 26, 2018 - April 2, 2018

Spring Break - No School


June 1, 2017

Last Day of School / Minimum Day


June 11, 2018 - July 16, 2018

Extended School Year (eligibility determined by IEP team)

District News


The spring edition of We Are TR! features five programs that are helping students achieve. One of them is a CTE pathway—the GEO Academy.


Click on the links for the video and the We Are TR! publication.


All Twin Rivers schools will be closed for Spring Break from March 26 through April 2. Students will return on Tuesday, April 3. The district office will be open from 7:30 a.m. to noon on March 26 and closed to the public for the rest of Spring Break. Regular business hours (7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) will resume on April 3.


On Tuesday, March 13, the Twin Rivers school board met during regular session at the District Office.


Click on the link for meeting highlights.