Education Alternatives’ philosophy focuses equally on the academic and therapeutic needs of our students. This “100% Academic, 100% Therapeutic” approach continuously integrates the students academic achievement with their social and emotional needs. Through this continuous emphasis on academics and emotional development, students can learn most effectively, while coping with their mental health needs.
The School Environment
Education Alternatives’ Day Treatment Program looks and feels like a traditional school. The difference is in the underlying emotional support system supplied by the staff. This embedded system is what makes EA a place for healing and growth.
Each EA Day Treatment site is directed by a Director who facilitates the 100% – 100% environment. Classrooms are staffed by a licensed intervention specialist and a REACH Counseling Facilitator. In addition, a REACH licensed therapist is assigned to each student in the classroom as a part of the therapeutic team to identify strategies to meet the student’s mental health needs.
The low staff to student ratio within the classroom encourages individualized instruction according to each student’s Individual Education Program (IEP). The core subject areas of our academic program follow the Ohio Department of Education’s Academic Curriculum Standards including standardized testing requirements for all grades. In addition to following the Ohio guidelines, our high school students receive services to ensure their coursework meets the graduation requirements of their placing school district.
Both academic coursework and therapeutic sessions are centered in providing the student with the needed skills to succeed in adulthood. These skills include:
Help students to learn to: self-regulate their emotions, identify their thinking errors, set realistic goals, and actively manage their disability.
Develop communication and hands-on skills that may be required for future employment, such as interviewing skills and the understanding of the expectations of future employers.
Help students function independently by teaching self-care, life skills, identification of community resources, and appropriate social interactions.