In-District Classrooms

Your district provides the space—SESI provides the staff and classroom model

Behavioral Support Experts

We’ve got 45+ years of supporting students with intensive behavioral needs. In that time, we’ve developed some of the best evidence-based learning models.

Positive Outcomes and Impacts

We provide each student with personalized instruction while focusing on positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS*).

Customizable Programs

To ensure the right fit for every student, In-District Classrooms can be customized by employing one or more of our classroom models based on each school’s needs. 

Dedicated Classrooms for Students with Intensive Needs

SESI’s evidence-based In-District Classroom (IDC) models give every student (with or without an IEP) the ability to achieve success— your district simply provides the classroom space, and SESI handles all the staff and programming needs. Working closely with your district, we can create a customized plan to effectively address your schools’ specific behavioral, social-emotional, and academic learning needs — all working seamlessly within your district’s day-to-day operations.

SESI Alternative Education Classroom Model

Our Alternative Education model is a short-term, therapeutic education model where students receive extra academic, behavioral, and specialized supports needed to fully engage in school, catch up on academic work, and achieve the success they deserve in all facets of life. This model supports elementary students not yet identified with a disability and experiencing significant challenges with appropriate behavior in a traditional classroom.​ There is also programming  for middle and high school students with or without IEP’s who were removed from school due to serious behavioral issues, are years behind in coursework, and risk not graduating or dropping out of school.

Instruction & Services

  • District-required curriculum
  • Access to state & local standards
  • Access to reading/math intervention curriculum & support
  • Individual & Small-Group Counseling

SESI Academic Rotational Classroom Model

Our Academic Rotation model serves students who have a developed means of communication and are seeking a more typical classroom experience. These students have mild-to-moderate cognitive disabilities. The goal of these classrooms is to provide students a safe learning environment, which reduces disruptive behaviors, increases self-awareness, and provides an opportunity for increased social skills.

In this model, students experience differentiated instruction and acquire academic skills in four rotations. Within these rotations, students are provided: 

  • Teacher-Directed Instruction that is personalized based on skills, pace, and styles. 
  • Independent Seatwork where students learn to self-monitor through guided practice opportunities with the curriculum. 
  • Small-Group Reinforcement Lessons that focus on social competency-building and interaction as learning proficiency increases. 
  • Technology-Based Workstations that offer computerized learning to supplement traditional

Instruction & Services

  • District-preferred assessment & curriculum
  • Access to state & local standards
  • Access to reading/math intervention curriculum
  • Alignment to IEP goals
  • Individual & small-group counseling

SESI B.E.S.T. Classroom Model

The Broad-Based Educational Services & Therapies (B.E.S.T.) model is suited for students with autism and developmental disabilities who do not yet have a developed means of communication.

Our proprietary programming utilizes principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) strategies to: improve language-based social and leisure skills, build fine motor skills, reduce maladaptive behaviors, and generalize skills in real-life situations and natural environments 

Each student spends a portion of the day rotating through different modalities of instruction. The skills a student learns in each modality are generalized and transition with that student to the next modality. The end goal is to ensure that the skills students learn can be utilized in new environments, influencing their ability to be independent in real-life encounters.

  • Motor Lab​​
  • Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT)
  • Natural Environment Teaching (NET)
  • Real-Life Encounters 

Instruction & Services

  • Comprehensive alternate assessment & curriculum
  • Individualized academic and behavioral support program
  • Utilize Principles of ABA

SESI P.A.L.S. Classroom Model

Our Partial Academic Life Skills (P.A.L.S.) model is an individualized hybrid of our Academic Rotation model classroom and our B.E.S.T. (Broad-Based Educational Services and Therapies) classroom model. Students in this model receive customized instruction and programming based on their individual needs. 

For example, some students focus more on academic instruction, while others may require more intensive B.E.S.T. programming involving life and social skills. Depending on their assessments and individual needs, students will always receive a combination of both models within a P.A.L.S. learning environment.

Instruction & Services

  • District-preferred assessment & curriculum
  • Access to alternate assessment & curriculum
  • Access to state/local & alternate standards
  • Life-skills instruction
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Alignment to IEP goals
  • Individual & small-group counseling

The Benefits of an In-District Classroom Partnership

It is critical for schools to have a plan that addresses significant behavioral and social-emotional needs. And our IDC program provides a full-service plan to support you, your students, and your parents. 

Our In-District Classroom solution, which benefits both students and districts, focuses on intensive needs related to behavior and social-emotional learning. The solution is simple: you provide the classroom space, and we provide the staff and programming.

The Benefits of an In-District Classroom Partnership

Cost-Effective Alternative to Private Placement
IDCs provide school districts with a long-term solution that potentially creates efficiencies in tuition, transportation, and other hard costs while alleviating the stress and hardship of going in alone.

Bringing Students Back to General Education
A structured system for students to transition back from private day schools and appropriately integrate with general education peers

A Personalized Setting for Each Student, Within their Home District
Individualized instruction and positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS), delivered in a small, highly structured therapeutic learning environment

The Student Goal of Continued Interaction with Peers
Planned and paced transitions into general education leads to more opportunities for engagement in school and extracurricular activities

In-District Classroom Success Stories

SESI’s goal in establishing dedicated classrooms in your district is simple: student success. By partnering with SESI to create an In-District Classroom, our expectation is that your schools and students will have success stories to share. Those stories may come from district savings – enabling cost allocation to other areas of need – or they could be students learning and applying positive behaviors so they can transition back to their general education classrooms fully engaged in their academics.

“I have a student now who’s come back to my classroom, who is a model student. He pays attention in class and does all of his work. Now, he’s one of the positive role models and he contributes to the class more than anyone.”

English Teacher, Brandywine Public Schools (Delaware)

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Your Students Could Be the Next Success Story

An In-District Classroom partnership with SESI is a roadmap to success for your students and families as well as your schools and educators. Learn why we have partnered with districts across the country to create more than 90 In-District Classrooms.

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