Date: 8/28/2020 To: Families/Students From: High Road School of Philadelphia I hope this letter finds you well and safe during this difficult time. The purpose of this letter is to help families/students understand the next steps with the 2020/2021 school year and to provide important details/resources to help our students. If you are receiving this letter, it means that your student who attended High Road School of Philadelphia last school year, will be returning to High Road School of Philadelphia for the beginning of the 2020/2021 school year. We will be starting the school year virtually on 9/2/2020. All students [...]
Special Education Teacher Nancy Richards noticed during pre-assessments this year that some of her students had trouble reading the ends of words such as the mp in BUMP. So she dressed up as a superhero and taught reading using comic books. They looked at words such as BAM, BUMP, POW. She also taught them that when superheroes talk in comic books, their words, or dialogue, are in bubbles. Learn more about our school today.
Deseret News included Dr. Diane Myers, SESI SVP of Special Education - Behavior Management, in an article about the loss students face when they do not attend physical schools. Students with disabilities often require more structure, which is something schools can provide. It’s a struggle for online schools, according to Diane Myers, senior vice president of special education-behavior management practices at Specialized Education Services Inc. The company provides services for students with special needs who have challenges that prevent them from succeeding in a traditional classroom. The past few months have presented learning challenges for everyone, she said, including both parents [...]
Specialized Education Services, Inc. Expands Footprint in Pennsylvania With Acquisition of The Graham Academy
August 19, 2020, Camden, N.J. – Specialized Education Services, Inc. (SESI), a premier provider of education services for K-12 students who require additional educational and positive behavioral supports to overcome challenges that impede success in a traditional school setting, today announced the acquisition of The Graham Academy, a special education school with locations in Kingston and Luzerne, Pennsylvania serving students with autism and other special needs. The acquisition of The Graham Academy expands SESI’s educational offerings in the state of Pennsylvania, which includes schools and programs specifically designed for special education students classified with learning exceptionalities, such as autism spectrum [...]
SESI’s mission is to provide educational services for K-12 students who require specialized educational and positive behavioral supports to overcome challenges that impede their success in a traditional school setting. We believe that all children deserve an education that goes beyond academics and enables them to grow into responsible, self-sufficient adults. This school year we will serve a record number of students, coast to coast. We are working with our parents and district partners, many of whom will offer both in-person and remote learning for students, and following recommended Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) back-to-school guidelines to ensure [...]
Amy McDade is proof that it is never too late to follow your true passion in life. After years spent working in the food service industry, she pivoted for her second act, and today is an adored and dedicated special education teacher at the High Road School of Delaware in Wilmington. Here, she helps students with special needs from across the state. Ms. McDade found her calling in education after more than 14 years in customer service. She knew she always wanted to work with kids and started as an assistant teacher two years ago and was later promoted to [...]
Shortly before the COVID-19 closure, directors from a number of SESI schools throughout the country were certified in Ukeru, a trauma-informed approach to understanding and responding to behavior. Through a combination of sensory-integration techniques, an emphasis on creating a comforting environment, enhanced staff education, and using blocking techniques with soft pads in lieu of physical restraint, High Road School of Wright City’s goal in becoming an Ukeru-certified school is to minimize traumatic stress for both our students and our staff. Learn more about our school today.