About South School
South School is SEDOL’s public middle school therapeutic day school for sixth through eighth-grade students who have significant emotional and behavioral needs. The focus of the program is to provide therapeutic interventions to help students manage their social-emotional needs while developing their academic skills. The program incorporates positive interventions through a highly structured environment that provides students with opportunities to utilize these strategies. The goal is to help students internalize the learned skills and to then generalize these skills into a less restrictive educational setting.
The educational team works to develop the whole child to enable him or her to reach their individual goals and maximize their feelings of self-worth, emotional well-being, and achievement. Academic instruction is tailored to meet the needs of each student. The individualized instruction incorporates the Common Core Standards alongside the SEDOL Curriculum, which provides a balanced literacy and math approach. Positive Behavior Supports (PBS), Character Education, and the SEDOL Social-Emotional frameworks provide the foundation for social and emotional learning.
In addition, the educational team may implement other research-based or data-driven therapeutic and academic interventions based upon an individual’s social, emotional, and learning needs. Social and emotional instruction and support are embedded within the daily school structure and routine. The program collaborates with parents and the student’s home district to provide a team approach in helping the student maximize his or her potential. When students exit from the South School Program, they leave with the skills necessary to become lifelong learners and successful, productive citizens.