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

Student of the Month: Jamani

Jamani was nominated for stopping his elopement behavior, making progress building positive peer relationships, and contributing to a positive school climate! Staff noted that Jamani has an engaging sense of humor, is always happy to share a conversation, and has positively adjusted to High Road School of Massachusetts. Jamani never misses a day of school and has made progress building relationships with non-preferred staff. Our school has much more laughter and many smiles with Jamani as part of our student body!

Student of the Month: Jamani2021-04-15T20:57:53-04:00

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

Helping Brian Be The Best He Can Be

Last year, Brian struggled with following directions and being respectful to staff. He often needed frequent breaks away from class because he failed to participate or stay on task. He instigated arguments with other students and often initiated negative behaviors among peers and staff. It was very hard for him to open up and trust his teachers, but Brian had a goal. Brian wanted to achieve gold level at school and to do so required a complete change to his behaviors and full staff support. From the first day of the 2019-2020 school year, at [...]

Helping Brian Be The Best He Can Be2022-01-18T00:34:28-05:00

Reaching Gold With Wilfredo

Wilfredo is the newest gold student at High Road School of Wallingford High School. Wilfredo is a hard-working student who has made tremendous progress this past year. When he is not working one of his many school jobs such as working at the coffee shop, serving lunch, working at the pet center, or organizing the classroom before dismissal, Wilfredo is hard at work in the classroom attending rotations and modeling gold behavior for his classmates. Before beginning his journey at High Road, Wilfredo had a tough time regulating his emotions and having positive peer interactions. [...]

Reaching Gold With Wilfredo2022-01-18T00:28:27-05:00

Celebrating Steve’s Success

Prior to coming to the High Road School of Hartford Primary, Steve struggled in all aspects of his education. He was aggressive toward peers and staff, had trouble being in the room for longer than five minutes, and often had to be picked up early from school for his disruptive behaviors or have his parent come to school with him. Before starting at High Road, it was determined that his placement would be a 40-day diagnostic placement. His entire team would meet every two weeks to plan strategies for his success. After Steve’s first day, [...]

Celebrating Steve’s Success2022-01-18T00:28:28-05:00

Sable Turns Our Day Around

Sable has improved her communication skills incredibly. She now communicates with staff and other students willingly, and passionately. Sable has gone from ignoring and avoiding conversation with staff, to being beyond willing to enjoy a conversation with everyone. Not only do you get to enjoy a conversation with Sable, but you also get to walk away from the conversation with a good laugh. Sable can turn anyones whole day around, she walks into every room with a smile on her face. Every chance you get to hangout with Sable is chance well taken. Sable is very humorous, and [...]

Sable Turns Our Day Around2022-01-18T00:29:12-05:00