Education

Who We Are

kids in classWesley Spectrum K-8 and High Schools are Private Academic Schools licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Our schools are licensed for Kindergarten, Elementary and Secondary Education respectively along with the Special Education categories of Autism, Learning Disabilities and Social/Emotional Disturbance. Capacity for the K-8 is 156 students. Capacity for the High School is 160 students.

Both schools also hold status as an Approved Private School (APS) with funding approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The schools hold a combined APS slot capacity of 132. Students enrolled in the APS must meet eligibility for Special Education in the categories of Autism or Serious Emotional Disturbance.

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Who We Serve

We serve students who have experienced barriers to learning for a variety of educational and behavioral health reasons. Our students come from more than 50 school districts across five counties. We utilize an approach that integrates educational and therapeutic support. Our primary task is to create a safe environment that meets each student’s education and therapeutic needs.

We have specialized classrooms for students on the Autism Spectrum and Emotional Support in addition to our general classrooms. We also offer a specialized 45 day placement program for students needing regular or special education interim placements. The primary goal of this program is to transition students back to their public school while maintaining or progressing academically and addressing problem behaviors.

 

What We Offer

Our teachers utilize a curriculum aligned to the Pennsylvania Core Standards. Courses are taught by either content certified or special education teachers. In addition to the core academic subjects, we offer a variety of courses in Art, Computers, Music, Physical Education, Technology and Daily Living Skills. We participate in the National School Lunch Program and provide breakfast and lunch daily.

We recognize the responsibility and commitment to the students and families we serve. For many students, rules and expectations may seem a challenge in many environments and often lead to behavioral issues and consequences that may leave students with negative thoughts and feeling toward school, adults and self.

Our primary task is to create a safe environment that meets each student’s education and therapeutic needs. We have taken steps to assist our students develop a sense of success and accomplishment while learning the rules through the adoption of School Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS).

SWPBIS is an evidence-based, systems approach for establishing the social culture needed for schools to be effective learning environments for all students. SWPBIS utilizes a data based, decision- making framework that guides staff in the selection, use, and implementation of the best evidence-based academic and behavioral practices for improving important academic and behavior outcomes for all students.

In addition to therapeutic support, we also offer formalized mental health services.

Partial Hospital Services are available for children who meet criteria and insurance coverage for Medical Assistance. Our Partial Hospital Program is licensed by the Department of Public Welfare.

 

Partial Hospital Service includes:

  • Board Certified Child Psychiatrist: Psychiatric services­­­- Oversight of the treatment plan, consultation, evaluation, med management
  • Masters level therapists: Individual, Group, & Family Therapy
  • Milieu Academic – by a Bachelors level Behavior Health Worker who implements treatment interventions under guidance of MHT to transfer skills from sessions to home, school, and community
  • Crisis Management in school, by phone outside of school
  • Consultation to Education- integration of academic and mental health treatment

 

Acute Partial Hospital Services are available for children requiring stabilization from an acute mental health crisis. Medical Assistance and some commercial insurance plans are accepted. Although Acute is not an educational placement, our certified teachers provide education services to students while in our care.

Outpatient Services are available for children who meet criteria and insurance coverage for MA and some commercial plans. Co-pays and deductibles may apply.

OP includes:

  • Board Certified Child Psychiatrist: Psychiatric Services: Evaluations, Med Management
  • Masters level therapists- some licensed : Individual, Group, Family Therapy
  • Consultation with Education staff