Middle School Program

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The program’s primary objective is to develop a student’s skills in the areas of self-esteem, communication of feelings, self-regulation of emotions, peer relationships, behavioral stabilization and academic performance. Each student’s experience is individualized, based on his (her) specific needs and goals. This program has proven successful for students who may exhibit some or all of the following characteristics:

  • Limited Academic success
  • Attention Deficits
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Poor organizational skills
  • Self-Esteem issues
  • Lack of Motivation
  • Low Frustration Tolerance
  • Difficulty developing/maintaining relationships with adults, peers, authority figures and family

Seacoast Learning Collaborative accepts children and adolescents 6 -14 years of age. We provide services for children who are identified by their sending school district as having the following educational disabilities:

  • Emotionally Handicapped (EH)
  • Other Health Impaired (OHI)
  • Learning Disability (LD)
  • Speech and Language
  • Autism

 

Additionally, they may be receiving community based psychiatric services for

  • Attention deficits
  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Neurological conditions

Tuition for our program is paid for by the Sending School District.

The Middle School Program services students in grades 5-8. Capacity can vary from 10-16 students. Having two teachers in the program allows for classrooms to be divided into two groups. The staff to student ratio is 1:3, unless a 1:1 is required and approved by the treatment team. Each classroom maintains a low student census in order to maximize staff availability and attention to each student.

The school day is 6.25 hours in length and is comprised of 4-5 academic periods with short transitional breaks between classes. In addition to the academics, the week consists of group structured play, physical recreation activities, adventure based counseling, individual/group counseling, community service projects and staff supported social skills activities. Additional classes include Art, Music, and Physical Education.

Related services personnel (OT, S/L) provide individual support services as outlined in the child’s IEP. The classrooms use a multi-modal approach of visual, verbal and kinesthetic supports, movement breaks, sensory diets and individualized behavior plans. Daily reports review each student’s performance in class and are shared daily with parents/guardians. Quarterly reports review each student’s progress toward their annual IEP goals and objectives. Portfolios are maintained to showcase student’s work and track progress. Curriculum is aligned with NH State Standards and CCSS.

The Middle School Program utilizes a four tier level system based on the average of the student’s daily point sheets. Areas of focus are: time on task, following directions, respect, work completion, transition and specific target goals. Levels are assessed weekly through goal meetings with the student and counselor.

Expectations for all students:

  • Stay on task
  • Respect others
  • Respect property
  • Use appropriate language
  • Accept redirection

Target Goals:

  • Will be developed with students and the Middle School team.
  • Individualized
  • Connected to IEP goals

Level System

LEVEL 1
65% of total weekly points

Lunch in lunchroom if student has no make-up work

Recess in the classroom

Quiet game during recess

LEVEL 2
75% of total weekly points

Lunch in lunchroom if student has no make-up work

Recess inside or outside at staff discretion

Eligible to attend field trips

One snack pass

One ten minute pass

LEVEL 3
85% of total weekly points

Lunch in the lunchroom

Recess outside or inside at staff discretion

Eligible to attend field trips

One snack pass

One skill page pass per week

One class pass per week

LEVEL 4
95% of total weekly points

Lunch in the lunchroom

Recess outside or inside at staff discretion

Eligible to attend field trips

May bring in one item from home with staff approval

Two snack passes

Two skill page passes per week

One 1.5 pass per week

Level Bust may occur for the following:

Leave the building, any physical contact, destruction of school property, refusing to go to class, blatant disrespect.

There are weekly goal meetings with opportunities to move up and down, or remain on the same level each week. If a student is level busted, they will meet with their counselor but remain on that level until the next goal period.

Field trips/community outings are built into the program as incentives, to enhance program instruction and to provide avenues to practice social skills. Additional events that occur annually are: Seacoast IDOL, Seacoast Olympics, and Parent Open Houses.

Awards Ceremonies to celebrate student successes are held quarterly. A campus wide Student Council provides opportunities for students to be active participants in developing and implementing activities and suggesting ways to improve programs for the school.