Landan’s Remarkable Transition: Returning to Public High School

By the time Landan first walked through the doors at the High Road School of Wright City (Missouri), he had already been through several behavioral programs. Unfortunately, those programs only made minimal progress, as Landan still displayed physical aggression and verbal defiance while falling far behind in his academics.   His family knew a change was necessary. “The challenges of the situation had us concerned for Landan’s future,” said his father, Kevin. “We were truly afraid he wouldn’t have a productive future. Not to mention the daily stress on everyone in our family, including Landan.”  Landan’s fresh start at the High [...]

Landan’s Remarkable Transition: Returning to Public High School2023-09-28T10:26:33-04:00

Myles’ Mission…Accomplished

Myles’ story is one to which many parents of children with behavioral challenges can relate. Frequent suspensions from school. Weekly incidents that require early school pickups. Rearranged work schedules to accommodate these disruptions. Missed events or appointments to stay home with the child. This is simply reality, a way of life, for these parents. But it doesn’t have to be. Schools like the High Road School of Harford County can change everything. Myles Heads to High Road School of Harford County  The timing wasn’t ideal. Myles began attending the High Road School of Harford County shortly before COVID-19 shut the [...]

Myles’ Mission…Accomplished2022-10-03T09:23:35-04:00

Braeden’s Behavioral Breakthrough

When Braeden arrived at the High Road School of Anne Arundel County as a kindergartener in 2014, the staff knew it had a challenge ahead. Braeden, who is on the autism spectrum, immediately demonstrated self-injurious behaviors, tantrums, aggression toward others, and destruction of property. This behavior obviously had a major impact on Braeden’s family, to the point where it became “hard to eat and hard to socialize,” according to Braeden’s mother, Brittani. His communication skills were extremely limited, and if anything was out of place, he would melt down. Everyone knew something had to change. Trial and Error  The first [...]

Braeden’s Behavioral Breakthrough2022-09-28T08:45:28-04:00

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

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