Sierra School of Solano: Day Rehab’s program consists of distinct components that comprise the day-to-day activities. Mornings begin with a community meeting, during which goals are set for the day, current events are discussed, and any other topical and relevant information is related. Journaling is another daily activity, in which our staff provides a journal topic and the students then spend time writing about that topic. Not only does this serve as a forum for our students to express themselves, but it also provides a means by which the mental health team can learn about, assess, and follow up on any issues students may feel uncomfortable sharing verbally. At midday, we hold a process group, during which a variety of topics are addressed and focused on, such as problem solving, coping skills, anger management, social skills training, relaxation techniques, and stress reduction.
Each student receives an individualized treatment plan based on diagnosis and mental health team recommendations. Plans are reviewed annually with the student’s family to monitor progress and set additional goals. Our students benefit from having continual and consistent support from on-campus mental health and educational staff. Both teams seamlessly integrate their efforts and are fully dedicated to the best interests of our student body. As a united group, we assist students in reaching their ultimate goal of returning to the public school setting. Most often, we transition them in small steps from the Day Rehab program, like moving them from one of our classrooms to one without direct mental health support. This allows both the student and his/her support team to see how well they do without additional support at school and whether or not they will continue to receive supplementary treatment from the county mental health department or another authorized provider identified through the school districts or SELPA. Once each transition step is successfully taken, further transitional measures are undertaken en route to full reintegration to public school.
Students are referred by their school district and Solano County Mental Health. We treat an array of diagnoses at our facility, including but not limited to: ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), bipolar disorder, OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), and conduct disorders.
Each Day Rehab classroom is staffed by a mental health specialist who remains in the classroom the entire school day to provide mental health support and to perform additional specific functions. A registered or licensed therapist is also assigned to each classroom, to provide support and individual therapy on either a weekly or as-needed basis.
By focusing on key areas — academics, behavior modifications, support services, and transition / life planning services — we are able to meet the individual needs of all students through these varied approaches to instruction. Through collaboration with a student’s IEP team, we are able to choose the most appropriate learning model based on a given student’s present levels of performance, social capabilities, motor coordination, and ability to learn in a group setting.
Utilizing four specific instructional rotations, students are assessed academically, gain self-regulation skills, learn with district-aligned academic curriculums, and utilize integrated technology.
Traveling Sports: The Sierra Panthers
Coach Frank heads our Sierra Panthers sports teams. The focus here is on simple athletic basics and teamwork. Students learn how to get along and work together to compete against various others schools in the city league. This program allows student to compete off-campus in individual games and tournaments. The Sierra Panthers sports teams include: softball, basketball, and flag football.
This program focuses on teaching students the skills necessary to maintain and raise aquatic animals. Students learn to feed, maintain, and care for a variety of aquatic species. Through hands-on activities lef by Sierra School staff, students learn how and why specific animals need specific care and how to set up and clean aquariums, among other tasks.
Performing Arts Club
Sierra School is excited to offer students the opportunity to learn more about the arts. Students will have a chance to be involved with theatre, dance, music, and photography during school hours.
Our Workability Program supports students in finding and keeping employment. Students work on money management through our “Sierra Student Store” and “Sierra Bank” where they also are responsible for student jobs in our store, bank, and “Solano Prints.” Students put prints/logos on t-shirts, water bottles, hats, and other items to be sold in Sierra Student Store.
Sierra’s Transition Program provides students with the link between classroom instruction and real-world activities. As such, it entails a comprehensive array of services and activities that prepare students for life after high school, including college preparation and career planning. Program components strengthen independent living skills, equip students with real-life abilities (like sewing and grocery shopping), provide vocational training, and simulate employment environments.
All Sierra School of Solano County students have access to this program, run by our full-time Transition Coordinator. The goal is to transfer ideas and concepts students learn in the classroom to practical and applicable settings both on- and off-campus, with a focus on guiding students toward productive and responsible young adulthoods and successful, fulfilling futures.
Students take part in a variety of optional activities to improve their knowledge of the world beyond school, including:
- Life Skills Training
- Social Skills Training
- ADL (Activities of Daily Living) Instruction
- Sewing Classes
- Cooking Classes & Nutrition Training
- Banking & Budgeting Activities
- Shopping & Purchasing Activities at School Store
- Management of & Employment at School Store
- Vocational Coursework
- Work Experience/Preparedness
- Career Interest Surveys, Résumé Writing, Job Coaching & Interviewing Skills
- Post-Secondary Schooling Counseling & Support