Specialized Resource Study and Life Skills: Arbor at the Crossroads
Flexible Personalized Learning. One-On-One. Small Group. Self-Paced Instruction. Limited enrollment.
Image may contain: 6 people, people smiling, people standing and people sittingStudents receive specialized resource study and  life skills  with Lara Parker, program director for Arbor Academy @ the Crossroads.  We are the only private school that offers inclusion and mainstream classrooms.
  • Academics: individualized life goals
  • Community service projects
  • Student Led Chapel
  • Inclusion & Mainstream Classrooms
  • Community Outreach
  • Field Trips
  • Special Olympics
  • Off-Campus Home and Acreage for Lifeskills, Agriculture, 4-H.
  • Life-skills can include: Farming, Cooking, Cleaning, Home Maintenance and more.

Lara Parker provides a comprehensive special education program serving the individual academic, social, emotional, and career education needs of each of her students.
The Arbor program develops and implements individualized educational programs that ensure each student reaches his or her highest level of achievement and independence to help them to become contributing members of their communities.
Functional and life skills education are provided and an extensive career education and school-to-work transition program prepares students for adult life. Social Skills or “soft skills” are emphasized to maximize each student’s ability to participate in various social settings in the greater community.
With a history of serving students with disabilities, Lara’s mission, curriculum, facilities and supporters are focused on meeting the academic, career and life needs of its students and supporting their families as their children grow. 


Learning for Life

  • Safety
  • Calendar
  • Self-concept
  • Parts of the Body
  • Grooming
  • Clothing Care
  • Dressing
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Nutrition
  • Wellness
  • Table Manners
  • Meal Preparation


  • Managing Finances
    • How to count money/make change
    • Personal budgeting
    • Checkbook management
    • Credit Card management
  • Decision-making skills
    • How to get Help
    • Knowing the Consequences of a Bad Decision
    • Developing and Evaluating Alternatives
    • Developing Goals
  • Vocational Opportunities
    • Rewards of Work
    • Sources of Training
    • How Work relates to Developing Self-Esteem
    • Job Classifications
  • Planning & Preparation
    • Identifying Vocational Interests
    • Choosing a Job
    • Identifying Requirements
    • Abilities and Skills
  • Mental Skills needed for Good Work Habits
    • Following Directions
    • Importance of Punctuality
    • Being a Team Member
    • Understanding Authority
  • Seeking a Job
    • Looking for a Job
    • Applying for a Job
    • Interviewing for a Job
    • Understanding Job Standards


Life at Arbor Academy:





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  • LifeSkills: cooking and cleaning and home maintenance in our off-campus home.
  • 4H: caring for livestock and pets on 3 acres at our off-campus home.
  • Victoria Livestock Show:  All participants in 4-H got a showmanship ribbon. Parker Williams lamb won grand champion with his official handler.
  • Student Led Chapel
  • Community service projects
  • Academics: individualized life goals
  • Ryan Kremling was honored at the end of the year Crossroads Awards Ceremonies with the Christians Character Award.
  • HEB – planning, choosing and buying groceries
  • Gardening – planting and maintaining a garden.
  • Special Olympics Track & Field:

Over 250 athletes from all around the Crossroads and Arbor student Jack McHale carried the torch at the VISD track meet.

Out of 1,885 athletes, Ryan Ruterbories carried the torch at the state bowling opening ceremonies to represent our region for the Area 2 South Texas Region Special Olympics in Austin Texas.


  • Field Trips:

                     Service field trips

Victoria Christians Assistance Ministries (VCAM) – organized a food and volunteered in clothing room.

Field trips to:

Weekly off-campus home for life-skills 

Victoria educational gardens

Victoria livestock show

West farms and nursery

Various restaurants for positive behavior rewards

Cinemark movies

Sam’s Club & HEB grocery shopping

Century Lanes for bowling competition practice

Liberty track for Special Olympics track & field practice

Drove to Houston and adopted a rescue therapy dog.

Vets Office:  Dr Beck and his staff taught us all about animal care and a puppies first visit

Life at Arbor...join us!



The mission of the Arbor program is to provide a personalized learning environment to special needs students age thirteen and older. We believe in leading our students into our communities with the life skills necessary to become integral and productive citizens.


  • Provide a welcoming and appropriate setting that enables the individual student the opportunity to grow and develop their academic and personal goals.
  • Meet the unique needs of each individual student thru small teacher to student ratios
  • Offer customized, student specific educational plans
  • Develop independence thru basic life skills
  • Build and expand skills needed in the community and job environment

Program Director: Lara Parker 361-676-6495



The Arbor Academy Program is officially a branch of Crossroads Christian School: Arbor at the Crossroads.

Home School Terminology

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Home School Terminology

THSC definition of a home schooled student:
A home schooled student predominantly receives instruction in a general, elementary or secondary education program that is provided by the parent—or a person standing in parental authority—in or through the child’s home [Texas Education Code 29.916 (a)].

The parent or person standing in parental authority might contract with outside sources in order that the student receives additional instruction. For example, a private tutor, co-op class or a college class. However, this source or these sources do not circumvent the parent’s role in determining the overall success or failure of the student.

Home school group:
All home school groups on our list seek to serve families who meet the definition of home schooling. This means their children participate in the group, but the group will not attempt to become an authority over the student’s education, per the definition of home schooling. THSC Partner Groups meet criteria as defined on THSC Types of Groups.

Private school:
Private school is a broad category of describing any non-public school. This includes traditional accredited private schools that require daily attendance and tuition, unaccredited private schools which are similar but not subject to the same accreditation requirements, home schools which are a type of private school but not regulated the same way as other types of private school, and other options that are a hybrid of these different types. For example, in a university model school, a student might attend the school 2-3 days per week and then be schooled at home for the rest of the week.