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1302, 2024

Sierra School of San Diego’s NFAR Grant Winner!

February 13th, 2024|Categories: Sierra Academy: San Diego|

The Occupational Therapy department at the Sierra School of San Diego has attained the National Foundation for Autism Research (NFAR) grant, aimed at supporting educators and therapists working with individuals with Autism. This grant will fund an upgrade for the therapy mats in the Motor Lab, ensuring safety of students during direct OT treatment sessions and student’s sensory regulation breaks. During these sessions students utilize [...]

1302, 2024

When a haircut provides much more than a new “do” to a child with sensory issues: Tristan’s story

February 13th, 2024|Categories: Blog, High Road School of Hoffman Estates, High Road School: Windham County|

Between our 90 standalone day schools and 90-plus In-District Classroom partnerships across 17 states, SESI serves nearly 8,000 special education students every year—many of whom have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

602, 2024

Ukraine Tour at Lattice Educational Services

February 6th, 2024|Categories: Lattice|

Today Lattice Educational Services hosted 2 educational members from Ukraine in partnership with Sebastopol World Friends. Svitlana Skliar is the Director of the Inclusive Resource Center (special educational needs) of the Cherkasy City Council and Hanna Yefimtseva is the Chief Specialist EdCamp Ukraine, a worldwide teacher training resource. They are part of Open World, a Congressionally sponsored program that brings people from former Soviet and developing nations to the [...]

602, 2024

Sierra School at Liberty hosts Liberty ESD SPED staff for a Professional Development training with Dr. Diane Myers, Senior Vice President-Behavior, Specialized Education Services, Inc.

February 6th, 2024|Categories: Sierra at Liberty|

Sierra School at Liberty was pleased to hosts Liberty ESD SPED staff for a Professional Development training with SESI Senior Vice President-Behavior, Dr. Diane Myers. Learn more about our school today.

602, 2024

High Road School of Mt. Healthy Staff of the Month: Ms. Boseman!

February 6th, 2024|Categories: High Road School at Mt. Healthy|

High Road School of Mt. Healthy's staff of the Month for November/December was Ms. Boseman. Ms. Boseman goes above and beyond to ensure that all students have a supportive learning atmosphere. We are always excited when Ms. Boseman arranges special meals for students and staff, such as her Labor Day grill out and coordinating our Thanksgiving Feast. We are proud to have Ms. Boseman as part of our team! [...]

1901, 2024

Comfy for a Cause

January 19th, 2024|Categories: Blog, Connecticut Landing Page, High Road School: Fairfield, CT, High Road School: Hartford CT (High School), High Road School: Hartford, CT (Primary/Middle), High Road School: Wallingford, CT (High School), High Road School: Windham County|

Between our 90 standalone day schools and 90-plus In-District Classroom partnerships across 17 states, SESI serves nearly 8,000 special education students every year—many of whom have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

401, 2024

Sacramento River Cat’s Mascot, Dinger, Visits Sierra School of Sacramento

January 4th, 2024|Categories: Blog, Sierra Upper Sacramento|

Between our 90 standalone day schools and 90-plus In-District Classroom partnerships across 17 states, SESI serves nearly 8,000 special education students every year—many of whom have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

2212, 2023

Ms. Marcelin is the most SAFE Staff of the Month!

December 22nd, 2023|Categories: High Road School: Fairfield, CT|

Ms. Marcelin won our most SAFE staff of the month for December. Ms. Marcelin always puts others first and is genuinely supportive of everyone in the building. When you need someone to listen, you know she actually cares and it's not just a job to her. Thank you Ms. Marcelin for all you have done for our staff and students. Learn more about our school today.

2212, 2023

Ya’Hira’s the most SAFE Student of the Month!

December 22nd, 2023|Categories: High Road School: Fairfield, CT|

Ya'Hira won the most SAFE student of the Month. She provides a safe place for others to be themselves and is always kind and supportive of others. She’s a positive big sister role and overall has shown character development these last few months. Learn more about our school today.

2212, 2023

Spotlighting our “Gold” student, Jay’ron!

December 22nd, 2023|Categories: High Road School: Fairfield, CT, High Road School: Fairfield: Spotlight|

With a unanimous vote, Jay'ron has been nominated as most Accountable student of the month of October. He has maintained "Gold" status this school year, which occurs when you maintain over 90% of your daily behavior points. Students with this privilege can go into the hallway independently and help staff with tasks. Staff reported that Jay'ron is very respectful and is demonstrating that he can be responsible. He has [...]

2112, 2023

Multi-talented artist returns to alternative school in Elkton that changed his life

December 21st, 2023|Categories: High Road School: Cecil County, MD, In the News|

ELKTON, Md. — The guest of honor at an alternative school in Elkton is greeted by the staff like a long lost friend. “My name is Rakeem Miles. I work through the music and the fashion, also TV as well. We have a TV show coming out next year.” The credits, appearances and endorsements just keep coming for Rakeem Miles—-a multi-talented artist who established his own brand after graduating [...]

1512, 2023

High Road School students deliver holiday cheer to residents at local assisted living facility

December 15th, 2023|Categories: High Road School of Santa Rosa, In the News|

PACE, Fla. (WKRG) — Students from the High Road School in Santa Rosa County took to the Victorian Manor assisted living facility in Pace to spread a little holiday cheer. “It was very nice. A big surprise because we were not expecting it,” Susan Steward, a Victorian Manor, resident said. The staff and special education students gave gifts and hand-made holiday cards to residents, collected at a school holiday [...]

1212, 2023

Sierra School of Sonoma County Students Star in Play About Behavior and Choices

December 12th, 2023|Categories: Sierra School: Sonoma County|

Elementary students at the Sierra School of Sonoma County recently took center stage in a play examining choices and behavior. The production, “Future Star: The Perils of Bad Choices and the Rewards of Positive Choices”, was student-driven. Originally the idea of a student with a passion for writing who personally saw the impact of making better choices, “Future Star” highlights young people making bad decisions, the consequences of those choices, [...]

712, 2023

High Road School of the South Suburbs Unveils Innovative Motor Lab

December 7th, 2023|Categories: Blog, High Road School of the South Suburbs|

Between our 90 standalone day schools and 90-plus In-District Classroom partnerships across 17 states, SESI serves nearly 8,000 special education students every year—many of whom have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

412, 2023

Sierra School of San Diego students develop employment skills through community based jobs

December 4th, 2023|Categories: Sierra Academy: San Diego|

Sierra off campus jobs have officially kicked off this week. After several weeks of students filling out applications, interviewing and getting accepted for a position, students were anxious and excited to get started. Isaias is placed at Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship. Isaias takes care of the grounds and preps the horses for other clients to do horse therapy. Isaias will be working 1 time a week and getting a paycheck [...]

3011, 2023

Thank you to our AMAZING Sierra Academy of Scottsdale staff

November 30th, 2023|Categories: Sierra Academy of Scottsdale|

Sierra Academy of Scottsdale celebrates the AMAZING staff who show up each day to serve students with a Staff Appreciation event. Our wonderful partners from TTK Funnels of Joy Funnel Cake Food Trucks supplied our dedicated staff with delicious funnel cakes to say "thank you!" Learn more about our school today.

2911, 2023

Philly youth program teaches conflict resolution, violence prevention

November 29th, 2023|Categories: Achieve Academy of Philadelphia, Achieve Academy of Philadelphia - East, Excel Academy North, Excel Academy South, In the News|

Between our 90 standalone day schools and 90-plus In-District Classroom partnerships across 17 states, SESI serves nearly 8,000 special education students every year—many of whom have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

2911, 2023

Talk, not fists: Philadelphia students with discipline issues learn how to defuse conflict

November 29th, 2023|Categories: Achieve Academy of Philadelphia, Achieve Academy of Philadelphia - East, Excel Academy North, Excel Academy South, In the News|

Between our 90 standalone day schools and 90-plus In-District Classroom partnerships across 17 states, SESI serves nearly 8,000 special education students every year—many of whom have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

2911, 2023

From cooking to gardening: High Road School of Cecil County student’s get hands-on experience

November 29th, 2023|Categories: Blog, High Road School: Cecil County, MD|

Between our 90 standalone day schools and 90-plus In-District Classroom partnerships across 17 states, SESI serves nearly 8,000 special education students every year—many of whom have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

2911, 2023

Sierra School of San Diego’s Football MVP, Annalise

November 29th, 2023|Categories: Sierra Academy: San Diego|

Sierra wrapped up a successful fun filled football season last week! Our Sierra School of San Diego coaches hosted a sports banquet for all the football players. Annalise won an award for Most Valuable Player-MVP! She was an asset to her team, a positive team player, had great sportsmanship and scored many touchdowns. All the coaches were so proud of her! Learn more about our school today. [...]

2911, 2023

Sierra School of San Diego’s Student of the Month Kaisei is Accountable!

November 29th, 2023|Categories: Sierra Academy: San Diego|

Kaisei won Student of the month in Ms. Philips class for being Accountable. Kaisei does a great job being accountable in class by following directions and following his rotation schedule. We are so proud of Kaisei and how much progress he has made. He is doing such a great job this year! Learn more about our school today.

2911, 2023

Lattice partners with local barbershop to support students

November 29th, 2023|Categories: Lattice|

Lattice partnered with the Gentleman’s barbershop of Windsor to provide free haircuts for our students. Getting haircuts can be a challenge for our students due to sensory needs and having to stay seated for a longer period of time. The Gentleman’s barbershop met our students where they are and were able to provide haircuts in a way that worked for our students. Some of our students have not been [...]

1411, 2023

Jay’ron for Student of the Month!

November 14th, 2023|Categories: High Road School: Fairfield, CT, High Road School: Fairfield: Spotlight|

Jay'ron has been at High Road School of Fairfield County since 2019 and has always had a goal of returning back to his district's public school. With a unanimous vote, Jay'ron has been nominated as most Accountable student of the month of October. This school year Jay'ron has shown anything can happen if you stay consistent and chase your goals. He has maintained "Gold" status this school year, which [...]

1411, 2023

Ms. Garcia for Staff of the Month!

November 14th, 2023|Categories: High Road School: Fairfield, CT|

Ms. Garcia has been nominated as the most Accountable staff for the month of October. She onboarded with the High Road team in Fall 2022 as a Social Work Intern at Camino Alto and loved it so much that she applied to work for the Fairfield County program. She is a teacher assistant in the middle school and an amazing addition to the team. Whenever you are in her presence [...]

211, 2023

Autism Awareness and Community Building at Northwest Center for Autism

November 2nd, 2023|Categories: Northwest Center for Autism at High Road School|

Officer Soberano is the proud parent of Ben, a student at our school. He brought his autism awareness wrapped police SUV to our fall open house recently - he designed the wrap himself! The students had a lot of fun exploring the vehicle and interacting with Officer Soberano.

2410, 2023

Sierra School of Sacramento’s First Grizzly Cub

October 24th, 2023|Categories: Sierra Upper Sacramento|

With the growing success of Sierra School of Sacramento's Grizzly status Mr. Hefner and Ms. Maher partnered up to create a Grizzly Cub Status for our BEST model students. To become a grizzly cub students need to be making significant progress with academics, behaviors and be a helpful friend to their peers. Phillip is the first grizzly sub at Sierra School of Sacramento and everyone is thrilled for him! [...]

1210, 2023

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

October 12th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

Between our 90 standalone day schools and 90-plus In-District Classroom partnerships across 17 states, SESI serves nearly 8,000 special education students every year—many of whom have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

1010, 2023

Sierra School of San Diego’s Cooper wins Student of the Month for being considerate!

October 10th, 2023|Categories: Sierra Academy: San Diego|

Cooper won Student of the Month in Ms. Philip's class! The theme was Considerate. Cooper does a great job of being considerate to staff and peers. He was able to take a staff of his choice to Sierra's Waffle house this Friday. Learn more about our school today.

1010, 2023

High Road School of Mt. Healthy Staff of the Month: Mr. Fuller!

October 10th, 2023|Categories: High Road School at Mt. Healthy|

Mr. Fuller is High Road School of Mt. Healthy's staff member of the month. After being a teacher assistant last year, Mr. Fuller has stepped into teaching ELA for our 6-12 program. He has accepted the challenge of the new role and expectations and has kept his always pleasant and positive mindset. We are so lucky to have Mr. Fuller! Learn more about our school today. [...]

610, 2023

High Road School of Bucyrus September Staff Spotlight: Annika

October 6th, 2023|Categories: High Road School of Bucyrus|

Our staff for the month of August is Mrs. P! Mrs. P radiates positive energy throughout the building, is always finding creative ways to engage her students, and is always uplifting her colleagues. Mrs. P loves wearing bright and colorful outfits, including her pencil hair clips which we love! Mrs. P has been a great addition to our team this school year and we look forward to all the [...]

610, 2023

High Road School of Bucyrus August Staff Spotlight: Ceyanna

October 6th, 2023|Categories: High Road School of Bucyrus|

Our staff for the month of August is Ms. Ceyanna. Ms. Ceyanna always shows up to work with a positive attitude and is always willing to go where she is needed. Ms. Ceyanna is a hard worker, is diligent with her daily duties, and has a great relationship with our students and staff. We are lucky to have her as a part of our team! Congratulations, Ms. Ceyanna, and [...]

210, 2023

High Road School serving Marion County’s special needs children

October 2nd, 2023|Categories: High Road School of Marion County, In the News|

High Road School is filling a need for families of special needs children (grades K-12) in Marion County, according to school officials.Located on the campus of Pleasant Local Schools, 1101 Owens Road W., High Road School of Marion County opened its doors in January 2023 and local families have responded positively. Program Director Wendy Sanford said 28 students are currently enrolled at the school, which has agreements with Marion City [...]

2809, 2023

Landan’s Remarkable Transition: Returning to Public High School

September 28th, 2023|Categories: High Road School: Wright City, Standalone Success Stories, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

2709, 2023

Jackson brings a smile to his staff and classmates

September 27th, 2023|Categories: Sierra Academy: San Diego, Sierra Academy: San Diego: Spotlight|

Jackson has been working on his math assessment for the past couple of weeks which has been a long and challenging task for him. Today, however, he advocated to work in a separate, less distracting space, worked hard for an hour and ended up completing the assessment! He earned a Case Note (10 extra points in our school wide incentive system) and got to visit and feed the bearded [...]

2709, 2023

Sierra School of San Diego’s Wolf Exchange officially opens for business

September 27th, 2023|Categories: Sierra Academy: San Diego|

Students and staff have been working really hard to get our Wolf Exchange thrift store up and running for this school year. All items have been donated by families and staff. The Wolf Exchange will create job skill opportunities for all students. Jobs such as cashier, security, greeter, floor manager, dressing room attendant, clothes organizer, etc. In addition, students will be able to spend case cash at the Wolf [...]

2709, 2023

High Road Academy of Howard County School Pictures 2023-2024

September 27th, 2023|Categories: High Road Academy: Laurel|

Star-Light Studios will once again take this year's School Pictures on Tuesday, Oct. 3rd and Wednesday, Oct. 4th. Seniors and all other Upper School students are scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 3, and Lower School students will have their photos taken on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Information to order students' school pictures will be provided by Star-Light Studios. Learn more about our school today.

2709, 2023

High Road Academy of Howard County Open House 2023-2024

September 27th, 2023|Categories: High Road Academy: Laurel|

Please join us for an Open House on Thursday, Oct. 12th from 12:00pm-2:00pm to celebrate the 2023-2024 school year and HRA's relocation to our new campus in Maple Lawn/Fulton. We are looking forward to hosting current and former students and their families, staff members and local school system representatives. Learn more about our school today.

2009, 2023

FullBloom Acquires EmpowerU, Deepening Its Commitment to Mental Health Services

September 20th, 2023|Categories: Press Release, Press Releases & Announcements|

Move enhances company mission of supporting students’ resilience and mental well-being to unlock learning potential and academic outcomes PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 13, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — FullBloom, a leading provider of special education, instructional intervention, behavioral health, and professional development solutions, today announced the acquisition of EmpowerU, a premier provider of evidence-based programs that improve student motivation, behaviors, and mental health. EmpowerU provides both Tier 1 teacher-led curriculum and Tier 2 [...]

1909, 2023

Sierra School of Sacramento Anthony Transitions Back to District

September 19th, 2023|Categories: Sierra Upper Sacramento|

On September 4, 2023 Anthony transitioned back to his school of residence. Anthony had been a student at Sierra for 5 years. Anthony started with Ms. Davis and Mr. Ford in his 9th grade year. At the beginning of the year Anthony required individualized behavior interventions and a modified instructional schedule. Anthony reports not being motivated until working with Ms. Davis & Mr. Ford. Through their support he was [...]

1309, 2023

High Road School of Mt. Healthy Staff of the Month: Mr. Knox!

September 13th, 2023|Categories: High Road School at Mt. Healthy|

High Road School of Mt Healthy is excited to announce our staff member of the month for August 2023, Mr. Knox. Behavior Tech Mr. Knox began this school year with his typical positive and upbeat attitude and comes every day ready to lead and inspire our students to be the best they can. Mr. Knox works hard daily to lead by example and to go above and beyond. We [...]

1309, 2023

Sierra School of Peoria Student Spotlight: De’Andre

September 13th, 2023|Categories: Aurora Day School, Aurora Spotlight|

De'Andre says he, “used to do crazy things like get mad and yell at my teachers and classmates. Sometimes, I would get really mad and try to hurt other people. I've gotten a lot of help with controlling myself. Now I get to go on a tour and see  a new school where I will have more opportunities. It's been hard work, but my family and my teachers never gave [...]

1109, 2023

In-District Classroom Webinar

September 11th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|

Register today for our upcoming webinar to learn all about SESI’s impactful In-District Classroom (IDC) program, our innovative and highly successful approach to behavioral support that allows students with intensive needs to thrive in a highly structured, therapeutic environment within your district walls. Register Now WEBINAR DETAILS: In-District Classroom Webinar Thursday, November 2, 2023 @ 1:00 PM ET Duration: 45 Minutes In [...]

2108, 2023

Back-to-school events help CPS students prepare for upcoming school year

August 21st, 2023|Categories: In the News|

CHICAGO — Students at Chicago Public Schools (CPS) are preparing to head back to class and a couple of events were held on Friday to help get kids ready. In Morgan Park, Graduates Over Guns along with Chicago Excel Academy and Mount Calvary Baptist Church teamed up for a back-to-school bash. It is one of several events taking place in the city to help families get ready for the [...]

1108, 2023

How I foster an inclusive classroom as a new teacher

August 11th, 2023|Categories: High Road School: Wilmington, DE, In the News|

Justin White, Special Education Teacher, High Road School of Delaware August 10, 2023 A military veteran who was drawn to teaching shares his experiences as a Black male educator and role model for children Key points: Being a successful teacher is about more than academics–you must understand students’ unique struggles Students thrive when they see educators who look like them, especially when that educator radiates positivity, perseverance, and respect [...]

408, 2023

Excel Academy of South Shore Students Take their Shot at Inaugural Summer Basketball Camp

August 4th, 2023|Categories: Blog, Excel Academy of South Shore|

While other students might be taking it easy this summer, 25 students from Excel Academies’ South Shore, Englewood and Roseland campuses, part of the Chicago Public Schools’ Options Network, took their hoops skills to the next level at a basketball camp hosted at Excel Academy of South Shore. The camp was sponsored by the schools and Xsposure Runs. Summer 2023 marks the first year of the camp, which will [...]

2107, 2023

Set Them Up for Success: Strategies for Supporting Students with Challenging Behavior in the Classroom

July 21st, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|

Join Dr. Diane Myers, SESI’s Senior Vice President of Special Education – Behavior, as she hosts an upcoming webinar, Set Them Up for Success: Strategies for Supporting Students with Challenging Behavior in the Classroom. This informative webinar will focus on reframing how we think about challenging behavior while setting up classrooms to increase the success of students with challenging behaviors. The aim of this webinar is for educators [...]

2007, 2023

Specialized Education Services, Inc. Expands Footprint in California With Acquisition of Lattice Educational Services

July 20th, 2023|Categories: Press Release|

PHILADELPHIA , July 11, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Specialized Education Services, Inc. (SESI), a premier provider of education services for K-12 students who require additional educational and behavioral supports, today announced the acquisition of Lattice Educational Services (Lattice), a California Department of Education (CDE) nonpublic school program located in the heart of Sonoma County. Lattice provides individualized learning opportunities and resources to students with developmental disabilities. The acquisition expands SESI’s special [...]

1307, 2023

Mount Prospect school helps break down barriers for students with special needs

July 13th, 2023|Categories: High Road School of Mount Prospect, Press Release|

People with disabilities often face significant barriers to finding employment, both in learning applicable job skills and employers' awareness of their capabilities. That's where the High Road School of Mount Prospect's Adult Preparation Program comes in, helping break down barriers for young adults with special needs. The private, therapeutic school serves students from more than 38 public school districts across the collar counties. It emphasizes independence, choice-making, communication, money [...]

1406, 2023

Sierra School of Alhambra Play Ball!

June 14th, 2023|Categories: Sierra Alhambra Spotlight|

Sierra School of Alhambra students recently traded their classrooms for a baseball field. A school-wide baseball game brought together students from the BEST, PALS, and ACI programs for the first time. The friendly game included 15 students and multiple staff members. The community building activity provided hours of entertainment, physical activity and lessons in team spirit. “We wanted the students to show good sportsmanship and teamwork, but most of [...]

106, 2023

Former Sierra School of Antioch Student Maintains Honor Roll at Local District High School

June 1st, 2023|Categories: Blog, Sierra School: Antioch|

With graduation around the corner, Janae W., a former honor roll student at Sierra School of Antioch, is set to earn her diploma from Antioch High School with a 4.0 GPA. Before transferring back to her home school during her senior year, Janae had attended Sierra School of Antioch since the sixth grade. There, she excelled Janae’s first day of sixth grade at Sierra School of Antioch. [...]

3105, 2023

Kezirah’s Student Dedication

May 31st, 2023|Categories: Anthony Wayne Academy, Pennsylvania Landing Page|

During the 2022-2023 school year, Kezirah has blossomed into a successful member of the AWA student body. She has diligently and humbly earned superior grades, treated both staff and fellow students with respect and compassion and demonstrated leadership skills during the 2022-2023 school year. Kezirah is always the first to stand up and offer her assistance whether it is for staff or other students. We are so proud [...]

3105, 2023

Wayne Academy – Teacher of the Year

May 31st, 2023|Categories: Anthony Wayne Academy, Pennsylvania Landing Page|

Teacher of the Year is an honorable award for someone who exceeds creativity, dedication, hard work, leadership, and professionalism. This year, Ms. Jalissa Exil has been nominated as our Regional Teacher of the Year. Ms. Exil has met all these standards and more. She has been a positive influence on both staff and students and continues to outshine with her leadership skills. Leading by example, always present and [...]

1905, 2023

Specialized Education Services, Inc. Unveils 2023 Staff and Teacher of the Year Winners

May 19th, 2023|Categories: Press Releases & Announcements|

PHILADELPHIA, May 18, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Specialized Education Services, Inc. (SESI), a division of FullBloom, 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 Kristi Hoffman as its 2023 Teacher of the Year (TOY) and Ashanti Brooks as its 2023 Staff of the Year (STOY). The designations [...]

1705, 2023

School of the Week: Excel Academy South helps students reach greatness

May 17th, 2023|Categories: Excel Academy South, In the News|

Excel Academy South is an accelerated school program that provides students who are behind on credits obtain their high school diploma. Located at 4641 Roosevelt Boulevard, Excel provides a high school education at an accelerated pace with students earning their diploma in two and half years, depending on the number of high school credits students bring with and accumulate each term. “We have a great partnership with the Philadelphia [...]

1705, 2023

Safe Achieve Academy Students Win 2023 CAAEL Spelling Bee

May 17th, 2023|Categories: Blog, Safe Achieve Academy of Chicago|

Four students from the Safe Achieve Academy, part of the Chicago Public Schools’ Options Network, made school history when they won the Chicago Area Alternative Education League (CAAEL) Spelling Bee. While the team initially took part in the spelling bee just for entertainment, they walked away with a historic win, in part due to encouragement to do their best and a little competitive spirit from Terrance Sirleaf, a behavioral [...]

1705, 2023

Excel Academy of Roseland Hosts “Keep It Pretty, Girl” Women’s History Month Empowerment Brunch

May 17th, 2023|Categories: Blog, Excel Academy of Roseland|

In honor of Women’s History Month, Excel Academy of Roseland, part of the Chicago Public Schools’ Options Network, hosted select staff, students, and influential women of Chicago's communities for its second annual empowerment brunch. “Keep it Pretty, Girl”, sought to inspire and motivate students to achieve academic, professional and personal success, while deepening a connection with staff and community leaders. During the event, students engaged with successful businesswomen and [...]

1705, 2023

Excel Academy of Roseland Students Artwork on Display

May 17th, 2023|Categories: Blog, Excel Academy of Roseland|

Recently, eight students from the Excel Academy of Roseland, part of the Chicago Public Schools’ Options Network, had the opportunity to showcase their artwork and get a taste of the Big Easy in the Windy City. The students, along with some of their loved ones, attended the first annual Mardi Gras for Mental Health Gala hosted by a local nonprofit organization, the Idell-McCarthy Foundation For Second Chances, at the [...]

1605, 2023

San Diego Sockers Team Captain, Kraig Chiles, Plays Sierra School of San Diego!

May 16th, 2023|Categories: Sierra Academy: San Diego|

San Diego Sockers legend and current team captain Kraig Chiles joined the Sierra sports program on the field to run an amazing soccer clinic. Students rotated through five station stations to work on a variety of soccer skills. The students were excited to meet a professional soccer player and watch him show case his skills at the conclusion of the clinic against our very own coach, Shane Dillon. Sierra [...]

1605, 2023

High Road School at Hoffman Estates celebrates Staff Appreciation Month with a Farmer’s Market Buffet

May 16th, 2023|Categories: High Road School of Hoffman Estates|

The Admin Team at HRS at Hoffman Estates kicked off the start of National Educator/Teacher/Staff Appreciation Month with a Farmer's Market of goodies for the amazing staff who work so hard every day to serve students. THANK YOU for your dedication to doing right by kids and for living our mission each day!

1205, 2023

Specialized Education Services, Inc. Grows Educational Offerings in Illinois With Acquisition of NewHope Academy

May 12th, 2023|Categories: In the News, Press Release|

May 11, 2023, Philadelphia, PA -- Specialized Education Services, Inc. (SESI) today announced the acquisition of NewHope Academy (NHA), a special education school in Arlington Heights, Illinois, that serves those living with autism, emotional disabilities, specific learning disabilities, or other health impairments. The addition of NHA is part of SESI’s strategic growth plan, focusing on expanding its premier education services nationally to K-12 students who require extra academic and behavioral [...]

1205, 2023

Recognizing Educators Who Support Special and Alternative Education Students

May 12th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

 By Dawn Thomas, President of SESI As Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week ends, I wanted to highlight a certain segment within the K-12 education sector that’s close to my heart, the exceptional professionals devoted to the world of special and alternative education. These compassionate educators work tirelessly to unlock the potential of each unique student, which has become more important as the number of students receiving special [...]

1005, 2023

Student Thrives at High Road Upper School of Prince George’s County

May 10th, 2023|Categories: Blog, High Road Upper School: Prince George’s County|

Johnathan Price has become more independent and confident since enrolling at the High Road Upper School of Prince George’s County this school year. The 17-year-old’s mother, Jewel Price, says she is grateful and thankful to faculty and staff for the changes she has seen in her son, whose favorite subjects include computers and music. “He has a whole new level of confidence,” she said. “He’s come a long way.” [...]

1005, 2023

Celebrating World Autism Month at the Northwest Center for Autism

May 10th, 2023|Categories: Blog, Northwest Center for Autism at High Road School|

Last month, faculty and staff the Northwest Center for Autism at High Road School went all out in honoring and celebrating the unique talents, perspectives and strengths of their students during World Autism Month. “We believe in empowering each student to reach their full potential in and outside of the classroom,” said Jessica Robbins, a special education teacher at the school. “April’s special events were designed to create a [...]

905, 2023

Sierra School of Alhambra empowers students to serve their community

May 9th, 2023|Categories: In the News, Sierra Alhambra Spotlight|

As April comes to its close, so does National Autism Awareness Month for the students and teachers at Sierra School of Alhambra. Here, young people of all learning abilities are encouraged to meet their full potential. And that’s a big mission on a campus that serves students ages 8 through 22, from the Los Angeles Unified School District and other school districts in the San Gabriel Valley. The students at Sierra have learning, [...]

505, 2023

High Road School at Mt. Healthy Students Celebrate Cinco De Mayo!

May 5th, 2023|Categories: High Road School at Mt. Healthy|

Students and staff enjoyed homecooked tacos and other treats during their recognition of Cinco De Mayo. Students during the week took part in learning the significance of the holiday within Hispanic Culture and its modernized celebration in today's world. Learn more about our school today.

505, 2023

Noah’s Quick Action Results in Fire Extinguishment

May 5th, 2023|Categories: High Road School at Mt. Healthy|

Noah's Quick Thinking Saves the Day! We are proud to share the incredible actions of one of our students, Noah! On his way to school this morning, he noticed smoke rising from a set of bushes in front of a hospital clinic a few blocks from the school. Without hesitation, he alerted Mr. R. who came to his location. Despite failing to obtain water, Noah didn't give up and [...]

105, 2023

5 Strategies for Supporting Children with Behavioral Challenges During Summer Break

May 1st, 2023|Categories: Blog|

 By Dr. Diane Myers, SVP, Special Education—Behavior at SESI Summer break is a time associated with being carefree, enjoying the sun and some down time, and limited structure. Families of children with behavioral challenges may not experience the same excitement when summer break nears, as removing the structure that comes with a regular school routine can lead to severe disruptions in the home. Here are [...]

2804, 2023

Sharing Our Joys During Autism Awareness Month

April 28th, 2023|Categories: Sierra Academy: San Diego|

Some of our Sierra School of San Diego students with Autism shared things they love and love to do as part of Autism Awareness month. Caleb's favorite activity is surfing, look how proud he is! "Today Caleb presented to the class pictures and videos of himself at the Autism Society Surf Camp. Caleb has been attending surf camp for 10 years! He enjoys surfing and thinks it is very [...]

2504, 2023

Mount Prospect students shine at the Illinois Special Olympics Spring Games

April 25th, 2023|Categories: High Road School of Mount Prospect|

Special Olympics Spring Games took place on Sunday April 16th at Prospect High School in Mount Prospect. High Road School had 6 athletes compete in a either the 50 Meter Dash, 100 M Dash, Softball Throw or Mini-Javelin Throw. Diego Torres, Bryan Lopez, Bryce Watts and Alex Arroyo all placed in 1st in their running event which qualifies them for State Summer Games which will take place in June [...]

2104, 2023

Jayden’s Story: Back on Track

April 21st, 2023|Categories: Blog, High Road School: Baltimore County, MD|

Jayden walked through the doors of the High Road School of Baltimore County in 2015, in his mother Yolanda’s words, “out of control” with his behavior and nearly non-communicative. After years of hard work and support, the 19-year-old 11th grader has made tremendous progress and is now thriving in the classroom. Destructive Behavior Necessitated a Change The behavior Jayden consistently displayed prior to enrolling at HRS of Baltimore County [...]

1804, 2023

Sierra School of Weld County’s Class of 2023!

April 18th, 2023|Categories: Sierra School: Weld County|

Tyler and Donte have earned their rite of passage, crossing a threshold from years of hard work and studious dedication into a new beginning of their next chapter of life. Sierra School of Weld County staff are honored and proud to be a part of a great accomplishment. Visit our website to learn more about Sierra School [...]

1104, 2023

Sierra School of Solano County Science Fair

April 11th, 2023|Categories: Sierra School: Solano County|

On Friday March 31st we had our school science fair. Each classroom participated and did a fantastic job! The students were able to see each classroom's project, hear the presenters, and even get hands on with many of the science projects.  Room 4 won 1st place, Room 8 won 2nd place, Room 2 won 3rd place. [...]

1104, 2023

Sierra Peoria celebrates the arrival of April as Autism Awareness Month

April 11th, 2023|Categories: Aurora Day School|

The month of April is dedicated to autism awareness. Sierra School of Peoria has been participating in and coordinating many activities for our students and families. We started off the month with “light it up blue” masks for all the staff. Our high school transitions team, staff, and students who run the coffee cart created specialty drinks for the month, “light it up blue” foam for the latte drinks [...]

804, 2023

Educators discuss the education needs of autistic students

April 8th, 2023|Categories: Center for Autism: Lima, In the News|

LIMA, OH (WLIO) - Yesterday we heard about what makes people with autism unique, today we learn what it takes to help children with autism learn at school. Bethany Ulrick has more. Experts say the first window to recognize the signs of autism is the first three years of a child's life. If a child is taking longer than usual to meet developmental milestones, like crawling or speaking, it's recommended [...]

704, 2023

Ready, set, adult: Students compete in Delaware school’s ‘life skills’ Olympics

April 7th, 2023|Categories: In the News|

Sometimes it's hard to know if you're ready for something until you just do it. Take "adulting" for instance. To prepare for the inevitable, young people go to schools for academic instruction. They get tested on what they learn in the classroom, but life as an adult takes more than academics. Students also need social and job skills. But how do they demonstrate they have these skill sets, especially [...]

704, 2023

Experts provide insight into the autism spectrum as part of Autism Awareness Month

April 7th, 2023|Categories: Center for Autism: Lima, In the News|

LIMA, OH (WLIO) - April is Autism Awareness Month. Our Bethany Ulrick spoke to experts at High Road School of Lima to learn more about what makes individuals with autism unique. Autism awareness has come a long way in the past decade, partly thanks to the inclusion of characters on the spectrum in TV and movies. But it's important to realize those portrayals don't apply to everyone, and individuals with autism [...]

604, 2023

Sierra Schools of Arizona celebrate Autism Awareness night with the Phoenix Suns

April 6th, 2023|Categories: Aurora Day School, In the News, Sierra Academy of Scottsdale, Sierra Gilbert|

April is World Autism Month and the Sierra Schools of Arizona are celebrating by taking local special needs kids to see the Phoenix Suns play. FOX 10’s Marissa Sarbak was at the Footprint Center on April 4 where the students and staff got to watch the game together. Watch Fox10 News

604, 2023

San Diego Moms: Tips for Teaching Inclusive Play During Autism Awareness Month

April 6th, 2023|Categories: In the News, Sierra Academy: San Diego|

A few weeks ago, my son’s classmate taught him how to “play Spiderman.” The conversation began when the classmate told his mother that my son didn’t know how to play the game. In response, the mother told her son she should teach him how to play by showing him what he could do. The classmate went to school the next day and did exactly that during recess. The response? [...]

404, 2023

Spring Lunch & Learn at Sierra School of Peoria

April 4th, 2023|Categories: Aurora Day School|

Sierra Schools of Arizona hosted a Professional Development session, led by Dr. Diane Myers, SVP of Behavior Programs SESI, at Sierra School of Peoria. Regional leaders, community members, stakeholders and Sierra staff gathered for an afternoon of learning and networking. Learn more about our school today.

3103, 2023

Training for the Transitional Olympics

March 31st, 2023|Categories: High Road School: Cecil County, MD, In the News|

ELKTON — A team of students from High Road School of Cecil County will travel to Wilmington, Del. on March 30 to compete for awards in the Transitional Olympics. These teenagers in Morgan Davis’ class have been practicing their daily life skills for weeks in hopes of bringing home a prize to their school on Singerly Road in Elkton. What the average adult sees as the drudgery of folding [...]

3103, 2023

Student and “Big Buddy” Thrives at Sierra School of East Valley

March 31st, 2023|Categories: Sierra School of East Valley|

Sam H. enrolled at the Sierra School of East Valley soon after the school opened in 2021. Now a student for nearly two years, the 18-year-old says she likes her teachers, the staff and that she’s also learned a lot. “And I’m not talking academically. Don’t get me wrong, I did learn a lot of new material that I didn’t know before. But I mostly learned how to cope, [...]

3103, 2023

Excel Academy of South Shore celebrates graduates of inaugural EMR training program

March 31st, 2023|Categories: Excel Academy of South Shore|

Leadership at the Excel Academy of South Shore recently held a special ceremony honoring nine high school students, part of the Chicago Public Schools’ Options Network, for their successful completion of Superior Ambulance's accredited Emergency Medical Responders (EMR) training program. The students each received a certificate and an elective credit. This impressive achievement for the students marks the second time Excel Academy students were offered enrollment into the EMR program – [...]

3103, 2023

Graham Academy Students Publish Book on “What Kindness Means to Us”

March 31st, 2023|Categories: Blog|

Eight students at The Graham Academy, a special education elementary school for students living with autism and students living with behavioral challenges, can now say “I am a published author”. Their writing activity assignments for World Kindness Day in November were collected and published into a professionally bound hardcover book. "What Kindness Means to Us" is now in print. Teacher Michelle Toepfer found the idea for the book publishing program [...]

2803, 2023

SPOTLIGHT: High Road School of Delaware social worker integral in helping her students achieve academic success

March 28th, 2023|Categories: Blog, High Road School: Wilmington, DE|

Every day and especially on World Social Work Day (March 21), it's important to highlight the essential role social workers play in promoting the well-being of students and their families. For the past three years Jade Rosenberg, MSS, HSV, a licensed social worker, has worked at the High Road School of Delaware as a full-time, on-site social worker. In this role, she serves some of the most vulnerable students [...]

2403, 2023

Cunningham Academy Hosts Diversity and Inclusion Workshops To Empower Students

March 24th, 2023|Categories: Blog, Cunningham Academy|

With the assistance of Executive Director and Founder of Project Inspir8tion, Jocovi Lindsey, Cunningham Academy recently hosted two diversity and inclusion workshops. Guest speakers included Cumberland County prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McCrae, author and humanitarian, Makema Douglas, youth success liaison in the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office, Adrian McGriff and a police officer from the New Jersey Attorney General's office. Over a dozen students took part in a workshop aimed at empowering [...]

2103, 2023

School social workers fill critical gaps in student care

March 21st, 2023|Categories: In the News|

On World Social Work Day, school and community leaders can recognize the essential role that social workers play in promoting student well-being By MICHELLE WILLIAMS, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Special Education Services, Inc. | March 21, 2023 - As a social worker for an in-district classroom inside of a Texas elementary school, I have the honor of serving some of the most vulnerable students in our community. On [...]

1503, 2023

High Road School of Nashville Program Director Receives Surprise Proclamation from Mayor’s Office

March 15th, 2023|Categories: Blog, High Road School of Nashville|

Gentry Campbell, program director at the High Road School of Nashville, received a special (and surprise!) proclamation recently from Mayor John Cooper’s office. She was recognized for her leadership and dedication towards making sure the needs of High Road’s students are met so they may thrive in and out of school. Deputy Mayor of Community Engagement Brenda Haywood presented the proclamation. “I am humbled to receive this honor,” said [...]

1303, 2023

High Road Students Enjoy Cincinnati Zoo Trip

March 13th, 2023|Categories: High Road School at Mt. Healthy|

Several students and staff enjoyed their Thursday at the Cincinnati Zoo. Students who attended the trip were those who regularly meet or exceed the CASE expectations! For many of these young men and women this was their first trip to the zoo and thoroughly enjoyed their time! Learn more about our school today. [...]

1303, 2023

Empowering Students to Tackle Test Anxiety

March 13th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

By Diane Myers, PhD, SVP, Special Education – Behavior at SESI Brittany Croteau, MSW, LCSW-C, Director of Behavior Support at SESI Ask any educator about the most challenging time of year and you’re likely to get a response related to state or district testing. While we all understand the need for annual assessments as a measure of progress, students and staff alike often experience heightened stress during “testing season.” [...]

603, 2023

No hibernating for High Road School of Wright City Staff as they take Polar Plunge to support the Special Olympics

March 6th, 2023|Categories: Blog, High Road School: Wright City|

On February 4, faculty members from the High Road School of Wright City left their warm beds and headed for the frigid waters of Lake Saint Louis in Missouri. This marked the staff’s third year participating in the “Polar Plunge” event, in support of Special Olympics Missouri athletes. Adding to the fun, the team from the High Road School wore costumes representative of ‘90s cartoon characters for their dip [...]

603, 2023

SESI’s Behavior Tip of the Month: Behavior Reinforcement

March 6th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

The concept of reinforcement is fairly simple, but powerful: Behavior followed by pleasant results (for the person behaving) is likely to be repeated in the future.  Using reinforcement to increase appropriate behavior in the classroom is highly effective but requires careful planning and a thoughtful approach. Let's take a closer look at how we can use reinforcement to increase socially appropriate behavior for all students, including those with disabilities.  [...]

2702, 2023

Excel Academies and Safe Achieve Academy of Chicago Commemorate Black History Month with fun challenges

February 27th, 2023|Categories: Excel Academy of Englewood, Excel Academy of Roseland, Excel Academy of South Shore, Excel Academy of Southwest, Safe Achieve Academy of Chicago|

Students and staff at the Excel Academies and Safe Achieve Academy, part of the Chicago Public Schools’ Option Network celebrated Black History Month by taking part in several special activities Leadership at The Excel Academy of Roseland held their first annual Black History Month Trivia Competition and luncheon that highlighted Black culture, history and food. Students and staff also participated in the Urban Trivia challenge, where teams answered questions [...]

1702, 2023

Sierra Strong – Dynamic Stretching

February 17th, 2023|Categories: Sierra Academy: San Diego|

On Wednesdays, we stretch! Welcome to Sierra strong dynamic stretching and breathing. Slow down your week with balance, flexibility and strength. Dynamic stretching helps our students stay focused and composed. Our midweek Sierra strong is a “breath of fresh air.” Wednesday dynamic stretching teaches our students coping strategies as well as unity and togetherness.

1702, 2023

Sierra Football League 2022/2023

February 17th, 2023|Categories: Sierra Academy: San Diego|

This school year 2022/2023, we started the inaugural "Sierra Football League!" Over 50 students across the campus participated in a Football Skills Assessment and were then broken up into 6 different teams with ages ranging from Elementary all the way up to our ACT program (22yrs). The teams consisted of the Broncos, Chiefs, Chargers, Raiders, Cowboys, and Eagles. Each Friday, parents were invited [...]

1702, 2023

Our Sensory Room

February 17th, 2023|Categories: Sierra Academy: San Diego|

Our sensory room at Sierra features a variety of swings, trampolines, a hammock, 2 large sensory fidget boards, a scooter ramp, and more. Students access the sensory room to engage in regulating activities to get their mind and bodies ready to learn. Many students also utilize this space as their preferred, earned break.

1702, 2023

Zen Den

February 17th, 2023|Categories: Sierra Academy: San Diego|

When feeling overwhelmed, sad, or confused, students come to our Zen Den to access a quiet, calm, and comforting environment. With dimmed lights, soothing sound machines, and an array of comfortable seating in "nature", students take time and space to regulate their emotions in a supportive setting.

1602, 2023

These Philly high school students almost didn’t earn diplomas. Here’s how they made it.

February 16th, 2023|Categories: In the News|

Quisean Suter-Robinson's graduation wasn't the one he initially dreamed of, but that's OK. “It feels better because I didn’t fold under pressure. The things along the way built my character," he said. Graduates including Kaiyon Jaynes (front) listen to instructions from administrators prior to the 2022-2023 mid-year high school commencement ceremony at the School of the Future in Phila., Pa. on Wed., Feb. 08, 2023. For Khalia [...]

1402, 2023

High Road Mid-Atlantic Schools Give Back

February 14th, 2023|Categories: Blog, High Road School: Baltimore County, High Road School: Baltimore County, MD, High Road School: Cecil County, MD, High Road School: Wilmington, DE, Maryland Landing Page|

Staff and students from High Road Schools in the Mid-Atlantic region recently came together to participate in a community winter clothing and food drive event, hosted by the “Responsive Schools Initiative.” The Initiative focuses on social justice, responding to community concerns, and the promise to always address the needs of both students and staff. In collaboration with The Heartlight Foundation, which aims to make a difference in the lives [...]

702, 2023

SESI’s Behavior Tip of the Month: Maximizing Structure

February 7th, 2023|Categories: Blog|

Maximizing structure helps make the most of each school day and proactively sets the stage for student success. The ideal environment is one in which students and staff can efficiently and effectively meet their expectations for the day. We’ll take a look at the five components of how to best maximize structure to create an environment conducive to positive classroom outcomes.  Structure in the Classroom  There are three types [...]

602, 2023

Sierra School of Sacramento Students Enjoy Global School Day of Play

February 6th, 2023|Categories: Blog, Sierra Upper Sacramento|

Students at the Sierra School of Sacramento spent a day outside of the classroom on Global School Play Day, an initiative to encourage more unstructured play during the school day. Sierra hosts a special event annually on February 1 to mark the occasion. The children and teens had fun playing with large board games, art stations and enjoying their brand-new playground that includes slides, swings, climbers, activity panels - [...]

302, 2023

Students at High Road School Baltimore County Showcase Talent

February 3rd, 2023|Categories: Blog, High Road School: Baltimore County, High Road School: Baltimore County, MD, Maryland Landing Page|

More than a dozen students at High Road School of Baltimore County entertained their classmates, staff and family members with song and dance at the school's recent talent show.    The event encouraged students to showcase something they were passionate about. Several students created dance routines, while others showed off moves from TikTok. Other performances included students singing pop, R&B, rap and country music songs. Additionally, one student shared their [...]

202, 2023

Excel Academy of Roseland Alumna Delivers Meals and Inspiration to Students

February 2nd, 2023|Categories: Blog, Excel Academy of Roseland|

If you ask Jakayla Kitt about the Excel Academy of Roseland, part of the Chicago Public Schools’ Options Network, she’ll tell you it was the best high school she ever attended. Kitt, who graduated in 2015, said she lacked the motivation to go to school when she was younger, which lead to her dropping out multiple times. However, that changed once she enrolled at the Excel Academy.  “I had an [...]

102, 2023

Sierra School 2022 Thanksgiving Feast

February 1st, 2023|Categories: Sierra Academy: San Diego|

Sierra School of San Diego’s ACT Program hosted the 2022 Thanksgiving Feast. Coming back from COVID restrictions and the school tripling in size, the ACT program created a new and improved Thanksgiving Feast! The ACT students grocery shopped for the food items, prepped all the food, cooked the food the day of and served the food/drinks to our guests. The feast menu included: water, lemonade, rolls, salad, gluten free and [...]

2601, 2023

Students vs Staff Basketball Game

January 26th, 2023|Categories: Sierra Upper Sacramento|

Students and staff love our monthly students vs staff games. This month the students played against the staff here on Sierra blacktop. The students learned fundamentals about the game of basketball and got to wear jerseys to look the part! Unfortunately, the students could not get the win this month! Learn more about our school today. [...]

2401, 2023

Excel Academy of Englewood celebrates graduates of its EMS program

January 24th, 2023|Categories: Excel Academy of Englewood, In the News|

CHICAGO (CBS) -- A special ceremony on Friday honored seven high school students from the Excel Academy of Englewood. They graduated from the emergency medical responders training program. The 56-hour course is taught by EMS instructors and upon graduation, students have a guaranteed job with Superior Ambulance. This marks the first time high school students were offered enrollment into the EMR program. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9-k004PHqc

1801, 2023

Mock Interview Scores Student of the Week recent Job!

January 18th, 2023|Categories: High Road School at Mt. Healthy|

High School junior and current Student of the Week Jaelyn Powell recently benefited from recent mock interview practices with Mr. R., Ms. Bozeman, and Dr. K. by landing recent employment at Marshalls! Great Prep work and follow-through! Learn more about our school today.

901, 2023

Winter Dance 2023

January 9th, 2023|Categories: High Road Academy: Laurel|

HRA is excited to announce our Winter Dance 2023 will be held on Thursday, Feb. 16th. The dance will occur during regular school hours, with Lower School students attending from 9:30-10:30am and Upper School students attending from 10:30-11:30am. In addition to music, dancing and games, refreshments will be provided. Alternate activities will also be available for any students preferring not to attend the dance. Learn more [...]

901, 2023

Sierra Chefs Program Makes Learning Life Skills Sweet

January 9th, 2023|Categories: Blog, Sierra School of Sacramento|

Students at the Sierra School of Sacramento don’t mind getting their hands dirty when it comes to learning. After a significant amount of interest from the students, staff launched Sierra Chefs, a food-focused program, aimed at teaching life skills – like food handling, money management and shopping – in a fun, engaging and hands-on way. “These life skills are critically important for our students to master,” said Kim Guzman, [...]

301, 2023

SESI’s Behavior Tip of the Month: Building Relationships

January 3rd, 2023|Categories: Blog|

One of the most important aspects of a positive school community is relationships—those between staff and students and between the students themselves. Building strong relationships helps us be proactive and preventative in how we approach student behavior; the better we know our students, the more we know how to help them be successful. Let’s talk about relationships within a school community, why they’re so important to the success of [...]

3012, 2022

December Events 2022

December 30th, 2022|Categories: Sierra School: Solano County|

December is always filled with so much fun! This year we filled the whole month with hot chocolate, holiday card making, gingerbread houses, and an ugly sweater day! On December 23rd we had our annual Multi-Cultural Fair. Each classroom picks a country and creates a display. All the staff and students get to engage by listening, asking questions, and [...]

2912, 2022

Season of Giving and Gratitude at Excel Academy of Roseland

December 29th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Excel Academy of Roseland|

What better way to bring in the holiday cheer than sharing with others during the season of giving? Students at the Excel Academy of Roseland, part of the Chicago Public Schools’ Options Network, channeled the spirit of giving back with this year’s “HOLI-Dance”. Staff asked students to bring at least one canned food item for entry to the event. By the end of HOLI-Dance, approximately 75 cans were collected [...]

2212, 2022

Local business spreads holiday spirit to Sierra Peoria students

December 22nd, 2022|Categories: Aurora Day School|

Alonso Popejoy, owner of Armored Roofing and Gilbert Coronado, Project Advisor and former Sierra School of Peoria staff member, dropped off Christmas presents for four of our students at Peoria. Their mission is strong to pay-it-forward and give back to their community! We appreciate this partnership and send a huge "Thank You!" to Armored Roofing, Alonso and Gilbert!

2212, 2022

Winter Coat Drive

December 22nd, 2022|Categories: High Road Academy: Laurel|

With winter on the way, some of our students may be in need of a warm coat to shield them from the cold. HRA will be hosting a Winter Coat Drive and collecting new or gently worn coats, scarves, hats and gloves to help those in need. Donations will be accepted from Monday, Dec. 19th through Friday, Jan. 20th. Please see the attached flyer for complete details. Together [...]

2112, 2022

High Road School of Wright City Students Create Holiday Cards For Community

December 21st, 2022|Categories: Blog, High Road School: Wright City|

During December, students at High Road School of Wright City focused on being considerate and inclusive. School staff decided one way to promote inclusivity within the community, as well as considerate behavior, was to organize a holiday card drive for residents of Warrenton Manor, a local nursing home. Students enjoyed stretching their creative abilities to craft individualized holiday cards with cheerful greetings and words of encouragement. The project was [...]

2012, 2022

Excel Academy North Gives Back

December 20th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Excel Academy North|

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” – Mahatma Ghandi Embodying Ghandi’s philosophy, students at Excel Academy North were in the holiday spirit this fall as they took part in a “Day of Service” to help their community. The school partnered with various local organizations to place students in projects around the city. To benefit Feast of Justice, a local [...]

1912, 2022

Season of Giving at High Road School of Mount Prospect

December 19th, 2022|Categories: High Road School of Mount Prospect|

When Brenda Gionnoulis, the administrative assistant for High Road School of Mount Prospect, was asked for gift ideas to celebrate her upcoming birthday, she had one request: For other staff members to join her for a volunteer opportunity at Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), a nonprofit organization that works with partners to distribute hand-packed meals in schools, orphanages, clinics, and feeding programs around the world. On November 19th, Brenda’s [...]

1512, 2022

“I’m Thankful For …” Classroom Door Decorating Contest

December 15th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Sierra School of San Joaquin|

Students at Sierra School of San Joaquin celebrated Thanksgiving with a classroom decoration contest. The friendly competition took place by class, with the elementary classroom taking home the top prize. Teachers used the contest as a thought starter for students on what they are thankful for during the holidays. "I loved doing this activity because we all not only got to do it together, but also were working [...]

1212, 2022

Winter Extravaganza

December 12th, 2022|Categories: High Road Academy: Laurel|

HRA will host its annual Winter Extravaganza on Thursday, December 22nd. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of winter-themed activities, including a making polar bear cookies, a snowman marshmallow craft, winter bingo with prizes and more. Learn more about our school today.

912, 2022

Excel Academy of Southwest robotics team compete in FIRST Tech Challenge

December 9th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Excel Academy of Southwest|

A group of students at the Excel Academy of Southwest have a new and hands-on way to gain a deeper understanding of STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) thanks to Mike Tyler II’s robotics class. And their learning isn’t confined to the classroom. Students on the STEM Bulldogs team are now competing in meets organized by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of [...]

612, 2022

5 Ways Families Can Support Children with Behavioral Challenges During the Holidays

December 6th, 2022|Categories: Blog|

 By Dr. Diane Myers, SVP, Special Education—Behavior at SESI For many of us, the holiday season is a time for cheer, spending time with family, parties, traditions, and excitement – and a welcome deviation from our normal routines. For others, those deviations, increased social interaction, and different expectations can trigger stress and anxiety. For families of students with emotional and behavioral challenges, extended school breaks [...]

512, 2022

Sierra School of San Diego students give back to community in big way

December 5th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Sierra Academy: San Diego|

Students at the Sierra School of San Diego regularly learn about the importance of being part of a community and giving back, and they recently participated in a canned food drive. Students came together to donate over 400 items to the San Diego Food Bank, providing 85 meals to local families in need this holiday season. The San Diego Food Bank delivered 10 large red donation barrels, each capable [...]

112, 2022

November Student Spotlight

December 1st, 2022|Categories: Aurora Day School, Aurora Spotlight|

Cheyenne is a very independent student; she likes to complete her work all by herself.  Cheyenne had a hard time asking for help or accepting help if an assignment was incorrect, but she is now doing better in that area. Cheyenne also works at the coffee cart, and we are very happy with her customer service. She is very nice to everyone and helpful with the orders. [...]

3011, 2022

November Student of the Month: Jah’lon

November 30th, 2022|Categories: Aurora Day School, Aurora Spotlight|

Our November choice for Student of the Month is Jah’lon. Jah'lon continues to exemplify what it means to be a CASE student. He is considerate to all of his peers and offers assistance around the class. He has positive behavior and regularly encourages his fellow classmates to be on their best behavior. Jah'lon has a great attitude and always wants to make you smile. Congratulations, Jahlon! [...]

2811, 2022

‘Food on the 15th’ Food Drive

November 28th, 2022|Categories: High Road Academy: Laurel, High Road Academy: Prince George’s County, High Road School: Prince George’s County, High Road Upper School: Prince George’s County|

HRA is sponsoring a food drive in partnership with Food on the 15th, a program that collects and delivers non-perishable food to low-income older adults in Howard County. The school will be accepting donations, including plain cereals, canned fruits and vegetables, soups and other healthy items, from Monday, Nov. 28th through Monday, Jan. 9th. Please see the flyer for full details, and feel free to contact the school [...]

2811, 2022

High Road Academy of PG celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

November 28th, 2022|Categories: High Road Academy: Prince George’s County|

Every year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. At High Road Academy of PG they celebrated by learning about different Hispanic countries, culture, and history. Each class was assigned a country and they had to explain those various topics through pictures, writing and graphs. The students even indulged in different [...]

2211, 2022

SAT School Day at Excel Academies North and South

November 22nd, 2022|Categories: Blog, Excel Academy North, Excel Academy South|

On October 12, almost 300 high school students from both Excel Academy North and Excel Academy South in Philadelphia sat for the SAT and PSAT exams. The College Board, the organization that administers the exams, launched SAT School Day as a way to help students who may have difficulty making a standard SAT/PSAT test time and location. Having the option to take the SAT and PSAT – standardized [...]

1711, 2022

High Road School of Southern York Receives ‘School of Distinction’ Honor

November 17th, 2022|Categories: Blog, High Road School: Southern York|

The High Road School of Southern York was recently named a 2022 School of Distinction for excellence in education by Cognia, a global nonprofit school improvement organization. As part of the School of Distinction program, Cognia identifies pre-K–12 education institutions that exemplify excellence in education and service to learners. Cognia selected High Road School of Southern York as one of 96 K-12 schools out of more than 1,500 [...]

1411, 2022

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage

November 14th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Excel Academy of South Shore|

For National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15), students at the Excel Academy of South Shore, part of the Chicago Public Schools’ Options Network, studied the contributions of Hispanic Americans to our culture and society. The month culminated with an assembly where students showcased what they learned about Hispanic culture throughout the month. The lively event included song and dance performances and presentations on notable persons, [...]

1411, 2022

Annual College & Career Fair

November 14th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Excel Academy North|

At Philadelphia’s Excel Academy North, staff know it’s never too early for students to start thinking about their career and post-secondary plans. Held during College Awareness Month, the school hosted its fifth annual College & Career Fair on October 7. During the on-campus event, students had the opportunity to connect with alumni, admission counselors from local colleges and universities, entrepreneurs running successful businesses, and members of the U.S. [...]

1411, 2022

Excel Academy South Student Named Senior of the Month by School District

November 14th, 2022|Categories: Blog, Excel Academy South|

It is always a privilege watching Excel Academy South, an Opportunity Network high school that partners with the School District of Philadelphia, students shine. Our team couldn’t be prouder of Jerusha Nelson for being named Senior of the Month by the District. Nelson’s family immigrated to the U.S. five years ago from Pakistan and they appreciate the educational opportunities afforded to her since they arrived in the Philadelphia [...]

711, 2022

Specialized Education Services, Inc. Names Dawn Thomas President

November 7th, 2022|Categories: In the News, Press Release, Press Releases & Announcements|

Experienced operational leader will help guide the organization’s continued commitment to ensuring students with the greatest need receive a quality education PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - 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 hiring of Dawn Thomas [...]

3110, 2022

October Student of the Month: Leslie

October 31st, 2022|Categories: Aurora Day School, Aurora Spotlight|

Our October Student of the Month is Leslie. Leslie has gone above and beyond in accepting the responsibilities that go along with supporting her school community. Leslie has been volunteering in one of our elementary classrooms, managing the Student Store, as well as managing our campus Coffee Cart. Leslie’s dedication to supporting others is truly commendable. Thanks, Leslie! Learn more about our school today. [...]

3110, 2022

October Student of the Month: DeAndre

October 31st, 2022|Categories: Aurora Day School, Aurora Spotlight|

Our October Student of the Month is DeAndre. DeAndre has done an amazing job of demonstrating restraint and using his coping strategies. DeAndre has consistently asked for a break when he is starting to feel frustrated, speak to a staff member, or used a fidget to regulate himself. Way to go, DeAndre! Learn more about our school today.

3110, 2022

Cauliflower Collaboration

October 31st, 2022|Categories: Sierra Academy: San Diego|

The lure of a sunny landscape, birdsong, and crafts with friends can be a welcome reprieve from a classroom. At Sierra School of San Diego in San Carlos, students in first grade up to age 22 can learn about bees, how to grow food, and later develop recipes from a growing area they share with San Carlos Community Garden. They can also practice social skills, teamwork, and communication—skills that often don’t come [...]

2610, 2022

High Road Academy of PG celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

October 26th, 2022|Categories: High Road Academy: Laurel, High Road Academy: Prince George’s County, High Road School: Prince George’s County, High Road Upper School: Prince George’s County|

Every year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. At High Road Academy of PG they celebrated by learning about different Hispanic countries, culture, and history. Each class was assigned a country and they had to explain those various topics through pictures, writing and graphs. The students even indulged in different [...]

2610, 2022

Sierra School of Peoria campus hosts the Fall Sierra Schools of Arizona Lunch & Learn

October 26th, 2022|Categories: Aurora Day School|

On September 28th, Sierra School of Peoria hosted stakeholders from all over Arizona participate to in an afternoon of Professional Development led by SESI Sr. Vice President of Behavior, Dr. Diane Myers. Dr. Diane Myers led a capacity building training on how professionals can reframe addressing students with challenging behaviors. Over 50 in person and virtual attendees helped to make this [...]

2010, 2022

Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

October 20th, 2022|Categories: Blog, California Landing Page, Sierra School of East Valley, Sierra School of San Joaquin, Sierra School of Solano County: Day Rehab, Sierra School San Joaquin, Sierra School: Antioch, Sierra School: Solano County, Sierra School: Sonoma County, Sierra Upper Sacramento|

Students at Sierra Schools of California celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) with a classroom decoration contest. The friendly competition took place at the school level, with winning classrooms competing region-wide for the top honor. Teachers used the contest to help students learn about and honor the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South [...]

1910, 2022

September Students of the Month

October 19th, 2022|Categories: Aurora Day School, Aurora Spotlight|

Congratulations to Macynn, who was selected by Sierra Staff of Peoria to be the Student of the Month for September. Macynn came to Sierra with the goal of completing some credit recovery, and through a lot of hard work, was able to complete almost an entire year’s worth of core credits in just nine weeks! Macynn’s dedication has paid off, and he has been able to return to [...]

1810, 2022

Open house held at High Road School of Lima

October 18th, 2022|Categories: Center for Autism: Lima, In the News|

LIMA, OH (WLIO) - A new building is going to change more than just where students come to learn. High Road School of Lima welcomed the public to their new location at 71 Town Square in downtown Lima. They provide structured education to students with a variety of learning needs, such as autism, emotional disorders, and more. Previously, the school was divided into three separate school buildings, but this new [...]

310, 2022

Myles’ Mission…Accomplished

October 3rd, 2022|Categories: High Road School: Harford County, MD, Standalone Success Stories, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

3009, 2022

September Student of the Month

September 30th, 2022|Categories: High Road School: Wallingford (Primary/Middle)|

All around student of the month Serenity is a second-grade student at High Road School of Wallingford Primary/Middle. She is nicknamed Belle, after the Disney princess in school because she loves to read. She read over 200 books last school year including chapter books. She loves to play with dinosaurs when she is not reading. Serenity was nominated as the student of the month for her huge successes. [...]