A Life-Changing Transformation: Drew’s Story

The phrase “life-changing” tends to be overused and often becomes a cliché. However, in the case of Drew, a 12th grade student at the High Road School of Cecil County (MD), the transformation he’s gone through in his nine years at the school has truly been life changing.  Communication Breakdown  As a young child, Drew experienced difficulties with communication, which led to several instances of behavioral issues. Because his classroom environment wasn’t equipped to handle students with communication deficiencies, Drew would respond to challenging situations with physical aggression and even, as Drew’s mom Kathy mentioned, destruction of a classroom.  Incidents [...]

A Life-Changing Transformation: Drew’s Story2022-06-16T14:39:28-04:00

Unlocking Potential: Adrian’s Story

Adrian’s mother, Tikeya, recounts the struggle prior to his enrollment at High Road Schools – being called at work to pick up her son, navigating medications, and experiencing challenging behaviors. After witnessing the dedication of High Road staff – and their ability to unlock her son’s potential – she says, “I can’t say enough good things about High Road!” "“I can't say enough good things about High Road!” – Tikeya Wheeler, Adrian's mother The staff at all High Road Schools are genuinely interested in helping students achieve success and enjoy rewarding futures. “Just getting to know the student is the [...]

Unlocking Potential: Adrian’s Story2021-10-04T17:30:37-04:00

Finding the Right Place: Branden’s Story

For a parent, it can feel helpless to see your child try hard to fit in, make friends, and succeed in school – only to struggle in class and be bullied by others. Knowing how fragile a child’s confidence is, Doris knew her son Branden needed a change of scenery. What made a difference was Branden's enrollment in Sierra Academy of Scottsdale. Struggles in a Traditional School School can be a challenge, even if you’re a friendly, funny, and outgoing kid like Branden. As any parent of a child with autism can attest, other kids aren’t always as accepting of [...]

Finding the Right Place: Branden’s Story2021-07-09T16:33:06-04:00

Temperament Transformation: Darvon’s Story

Darvon’s grandmother, Diane, was concerned. Not just for Darvon’s well-being, but for the safety of those around him. Darvon showed very little motivation to achieve academic success—and his temper caused major problems. His severe lack of self-esteem also had Diane worried. Diane would try to work with Darvon at home, and there were times that it seemed he might be making some progress. But as soon as he would get back to school, the same problems would arise. The hair-trigger temper and the urge to fight others made Diane realize that something had to change. The change happened with Darvon’s [...]

Temperament Transformation: Darvon’s Story2021-07-25T23:05:37-04:00

From Aggression to Achievement: Jacob’s Story

When Jacob became a student at High Road School in Danielson, CT, his mother, Tiffany, hoped the school could help with Jacob’s behavior and academics. After witnessing a remarkable turnaround in Jacob, it’s safe to say that this school has exceeded Tiffany’s expectations. Early Struggles After kindergarten, Jacob began to exhibit troubling behaviors. According to Tiffany, Jacob simply wanted no part of schoolwork, and he figured out an effective way to avoid it. Jacob became combative and aggressive – often resulting in him being sent home from school. “Jacob knew the end result [of his behaviors] and wanted that to [...]

From Aggression to Achievement: Jacob’s Story2021-06-28T18:57:54-04:00

Successful Transitioning: Derek’s Story

Jon Dohner is proud of how his son, Derek, successfully transitioned to the workforce – thanks to the robust transition skills programming offered by Sierra Schools. “Sierra really helped prepare Derek for his adult life. They helped build his confidence, and his ability to be more comfortable around people,” he says. Derek participated in the transition skills program at a Sierra Schools program in California. The former student shares the skills he learned to prepare him for life after school: “At Sierra, I learned how to use a schedule, and follow through and get stuff done.” His father notes, “The transition [...]

Successful Transitioning: Derek’s Story2021-10-07T12:43:45-04:00

A Bright Future: Patrick’s Story

Insight on How High Road School Helped Give My Son a Bright Future by Katrina, mother of Patrick Years ago, Patrick really struggled with a transition to his elementary school – the self-contained classrooms, the lockers, changing classrooms and teachers, plus increased academic demands. He experienced a particularly difficult time in sixth grade with expressive language. His behavior often escalated, and – unable to express that he was feeling overwhelmed and overstimulated from all angle – he struggled to use coping skills. When the decision was made for him to move to High Road School toward the end [...]

A Bright Future: Patrick’s Story2021-07-21T21:14:04-04:00

A “Perfect Fit” for Christopher

Insight from a Mom on the Impact of Sierra Schools on Her Son and Family by Cynthia, mother of Christopher Sierra School of San Diego became my son Christopher’s home away from home very quickly when he began attending school here in the summer of 2019. Christopher has autism and has trouble regulating his emotions. From 4th through 7th grade, Christopher would have violent outbursts and hurt other students or staff members. He was placed in a very restrictive school that’s focused on managing violent behaviors. During his 8th grade year, he was managing his emotions much better, [...]

A “Perfect Fit” for Christopher2021-09-24T14:41:44-04:00