Structured Skills Center Program (SSC)
In an effort to meet all students needs, GBSD offers a specialized, structured program for students with special needs for a temporary time period. SSC programming is based on behavior theory, cognitive behavioral theory, and restorative practices including the following:
- PBIS school-wide systems
- Restorative practices in classrooms
- CHAMPS classroom management systems
- Structured, precise level system for responding to behaviors with reinforcement/consequences
- Small group, explicit instruction in social skills, self-regulation & problem solving
- Individual & group therapy, as needed
The goal of the SSC Program is to assist students who have educational challenges reach their fullest potential. These programs are self-contained and are designed to support the unique needs of students with disabilities. Only students who have Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) are eligible to receive services in these specialized programs. The selection of a specific site to house this program is determined by the Student Support Services Department and is based on meeting student needs and available resources. This program maintains a high staff-to-student ratio. The highly trained staff are dedicated to providing a safe and positive learning environment. These programs are highly structured and focus on meeting each student's individual needs through specially designed instruction.
Since the goal of the program is to help students gain the skills they need to be successful in a less restrictive setting, the SSC program is considered temporary. Participation in the program will be reviewed continuously; starting at 60 school days and then continually on a 30 school day basis to determine if transition back to a neighborhood school is appropriate; and if so to what degree.
There is an instructional emphasis on identifying and teaching lagging social/emotional/behavioral skills to student in the SSC Program. Students are also taught academics, but it should be noted that the emphasis is on growth in behavior/social/emotional areas, as the SSC is a temporary placement.
In order to meet the individualized needs of students, the District will offer three levels of the SSC Program. All 3 levels will be offered at a district assigned site and will offer a temporary, specialized program designed to meet the needs of the students until progress can be made allowing for the student to transition back to their neighborhood school.
LEVEL 1: Elementary: The SSC Level 1 is a temporary elementary program that will support students who have been identified as having an appropriate need for this type of programming in grades K-5.
LEVEL 2: Middle School: The SSC Level 2 is a temporary middle school program that will support students who have been identified as having an appropriate need for this type of programming in grades 6-8.
LEVEL 3: High School: The SSC Level 3 is a temporary high school program that will support students who have been identified as having an appropriate need for this type of programming in grades 9-12.