• Program Options
We offer a variety of educational opportunities to address individual needs, all designed to help students succeed in school and in their communities.
• Mill School Transitional Program
Students receive the majority of their education at the Mill School program
Most of our students will likely begin in the Transitional Program, which is designed to help them establish routines of attendance and engagement, to learn how to interact with others in a pro-social manner, to engage in an academic program that will help lead to graduation, and to learn how to regulate themselves in a positive manner. In addition, with the agreement of the local school leadership, each student will be afforded the opportunity to participate as a full member of any of their home school-based athletic teams, fraternal organizations, and other social groups.
• Full Community School Inclusion with Mill School Staff Support
Students are in their local schools and regular classrooms for the school day (likely with Special Education support)
The Mill School staff provide consultative and training supports to school wide staff and specific supports to staff directly supporting the student.
• Part-Time Community School Inclusion/Part Time Mill School Participation.
This includes plans to include students in the local school and typical classrooms
The amount of time in a given classroom will be determined using objective criterion for success (e.g., behavior, engagement, social interactions, etc.) and will increase or decrease based on this criterion.
• Community Inclusion.
We’re committed to returning students to their local schools and communities
We provide students with vocational opportunities for apprenticeship (e.g., working in a mechanic shop), to engage in socially-valued community supports (e.g., volunteering at a not-for-profit), and other pro-community activities (e.g., community clean-up, etc.).
Students may arrive at our door cynical, combative, with minimal interest in school and little hope for a positive future. Until this point, their educational experiences have been negative, difficult and marked by conflict and broken relationships. The services they have received have typically been provided in a reactive and controlling manner.
We teach these students how to manage themselves, to work on projects and activities that they find useful and interesting and to integrate these projects into the daily school routines. We prepare students for life after school by helping them to develop the ability to regulate their own behavior and manage their environment.
We help our students to learn how to judge “big deals and little deals” in a reasonable way, to recognize when they are “ready” or “not ready” to take on a task or interaction with another person, and we support them to learn how to respond to life in a positive and pro-social way.
We help students learn to be successful in school and in life.
We are positive.