The Harris School provides a safe environment, both physically and emotionally, for up to 45 students. The classroom becomes a rich environment for learning and relationship building, where students learn about themselves, practice new coping skills and create positive experiences.
The teacher/student ratio of 1:5 allows for individualized attention and instruction.
The teachers use an inclusive approach to learning that provides flexibility for a wide variety of learning styles while continuing to be academically challenging.
Paralleling the individualized curriculum is a highly supportive and effective therapeutic program designed for students and their families and led by licensed clinical social workers (Family Consultants). This program includes weekly therapy sessions with each family, a parent support group, adolescent processing groups, counseling with students, communication with outside providers, and classroom support.
The teachers, family consultants, parents and outside providers are committed to the process of learning and the application of knowledge through a unique team approach. This approach ensures that the student’s progress, goals, and challenges are communicated with everyone that is working with the student. The ultimate goal of The Harris School is to transition students back into a more mainstream academic setting, equipped with coping strategies, new patterns of thinking and a more positive attitude.
Each year, approximately one third of The Harris School’s students are able to transition based on the following measurable goals:
- able to work collaboratively with others in a variety of settings
- able to complete a school day without a major behavioral or emotional interruption
- able to communicate feelings and needs to others
- able to “move on” and recover when faced with obstacles
- able to perform successfully on the appropriate academic level