Sierra School at Plano

Predicated on strong collaboration and communication between Plano ISD, Region 10 and our in-district staff, our district programs are designed to achieve their greatest potential. The academic, social emotional, and behavioral needs of each student are met through such means as a high student-to-staff ratio, individualization and small-group teaching approaches and comprehensive behavior management system. Our staff works in unison with district special education and general education teachers to ensure that our students receive the maximum benefits from both district resources and those of our programs.

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We serve students in grades 6-12. Our classroom is a highly structured, therapeutic environment with a classroom-based behavior management level system to assess student needs and map out the best way to benefit them. Our staff provides a positive and welcoming environment to meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of each student.

Broad-Based Educational Services & Therapies (B.E.S.T.) Program (Grades 9-12)

B.E.S.T. Model of Specialist Instruction: Students receive specialized direct instruction in prosocial skills, sensory regulation, communication, and language development.

  •  Functions of student behaviors and behavioral goals can be determined by student assessments such as Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs).
  • Academic and functional living targets are identified through research-based assessment tools, such as Promoting Emerging Advanced Knowledge (PEAK) or Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP).
  • 4-Step Plans provide additional layers of instructional assessment and guidance to effectively address each student’s academic needs or skill gaps
  • Sierra’s Team works in close collaboration with each student’s home school/district to ensure a more seamless reintegration into or out of classrooms across the continuum.

Academic Rotation Program (Grades 6-12)

Our Academic Rotation program focuses on utilizing academic supports, social and emotional learning, and positive behavioral interventions to assist students in learning, generalizing, and maintaining positive social, emotional, and behavioral skills across multiple learning environments. Students receive specialized direct instruction in pro-social skills so they can learn to effectively identify and self-regulate their behavior in their least restrictive environment. Target skills may include, but are not limited to, being considerate, appropriate, safe, and engaged (CASE). Students learn and practice mindfulness techniques, self-regulation strategies, thought stopping/thought changing strategies, and motivational techniques that will allow them to gain more self-control and improve problem-solving skills.

Sierra Schools have decades of experience in serving students with complex social, emotional, and behavioral needs. We couple our extensive experience with the latest in evidence-based, specialized instruction, positive behavioral supports and interventions, in addition to social skills training. We routinely assess students’ individual skill levels, collect and analyze data, and use this information to design instructional and behavioral plans. Sierra provides an added layer of clinical support and services. Our social worker can provide in classroom and online therapy, in-the-moment teaching and intervention, parent/guardian supports, training, and case coordination for our students. Our clinical staff lead our social/emotional supports and lesson resources to ensure high quality skills training for our students.

Our Students

Students are referred by their school district to attend Sierra School at Plano, and are generally in grades 6–12 facing social and emotional disabilities.

Our Staff

The Sierra School at Plano has an experienced, certified Special Education teacher, social worker, and two teaching assistants. For students requiring additional related services, Sierra School partners with Plano Independent School District (ISD).