Support Student’s Intensive Behavioral Needs

Comprehensively and Expertly Educating Students with Intensive Emotional Needs

We believe students reach their highest potential in safe and structured environments that afford them a strong sense of security, a positive attitude toward learning, and incentives for appropriate behavior. Regardless of the underlying disability, students come to us with some level of emotional / behavioral issues, from mild to moderate to severe. Some additional disabilities can include, but are not limited to:

ED: Emotional Disability/Disturbance
ASD: Autism Spectrum Disorder
SLD: Specific Learning Disability
ID: Intellectual Disability

OHI: Other Health Impairment
MD: Multiple Disabilities
TBI: Traumatic Brain Injury

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.

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Impacting Students at School and Home

When Anthony first started at Sierra School, he was having difficulty regulating his behaviors. Both his teacher and his mother were concerned with how he would be manage his behaviors in the classroom and eventually enter the workforce upon leaving school.

Through a personalized behavior plan, Anthony’s teachers were able to have an impact on him and find a way to help him manage his behaviors as well as improve his academics. Anthony’s mother now says “if it weren’t for Sierra School, I don’t where Anthony would be. It’s taught him how to control his anger and given him great tools.”

Rotating Through Learning Areas Throughout the Day

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Technology-Based Workstations

Supplemental curriculum software programs are prescriptively assigned for additional skill development.

Teacher-Directed Tutorial Sessions

Students receive personalized 1:1 instruction based on their individual skill levels, pace, and learning styles.

Small-Group Reinforcement Lessons

In order to promote social competencies for our students, we bring them together to simultaneously bolster learned proficiency and social interaction.

Independent Seatwork

Students are able to develop a personal sense of identity, efficiency, and accountability through independent seatwork where they learn to self-monitor and self-motivate through guided practice opportunities within the curriculum content.

Treating the Whole Child

Each student’s IEP determines their particular instruction modalities and lesson plans, yet all students benefit from our comprehensive education model and evidenced-based behavior management program.

Our certified and skilled instructors provide each student with personalized instruction in a safe and supportive environment. Each student’s learning and language needs are accurately identified using our multi-tiered hierarchy to determine a students’ academic level:

  • Tier 1 – Students on Grade Level or 1 or More Years Below Grade Level

  • Tier 2 – Students 2 or More Years Below Grade Level

  • Tier 3 – Students 3 or More Years Below Grade Level

4-Step Plans: Fitting the Program to the Student

Teacher’s analyze a student’s individual assessment data to target the specific skill areas in need of direct and systematic intervention. Based on the student’s assessment, individualized materials, methods, and programs are selected to match the students specific Reading, English, Language Arts, and Math needs

Through Data-Based Individualizations, we focus on research-based practices by linking our intervention methods to a student’s assessment data. By customizing towards each student’s needs, we are able to plan accordingly while also adjusting our implementation methods depending on the individual student.

Our program fulfills all IEP, LRE, and IDEA requirements through customized behavior intervention plans, the tracking of behavioral trends, and a host of therapeutic approaches and motivational strategies. We provide routines, norms, boundaries, and clear expectations that our students crave and require in order to concentrate and remain on task throughout the day.We focus on these key components:

  • Safety First: Providing a safe learning environment for all students. Parents, districts, and students are reassured that our environments are secure, nurturing, and supportive.

  • Positive Reinforcement Techniques: In order to reach their personal behavioral goals, our staff and teachers providing continuous and ongoing positive behavior support for all students.

  • Mutual Respect: By showing students the importance of respecting themselves and others, they learn to honor the differences among them while also gaining an appreciation for rules as well as authority figures.

  • Strong Therapeutic Approach: In order to teach self-regulatory techniques, establish emotional balance, and create a sense of inner well-being, our staff and teachers deliver compassionate mindfulness techniques, guidance, and counseling for all students.

  • Data-Driven Interventions: When a student is having difficulties beyond the support of the school-wide behavior management system, the staff will utilize data to inform future intervention strategies.