Structured Skills Center Program (SSC)
In an effort to meet all students’ needs, GBSD offers a specialized, structured program for students with behavioral, social, and emotional needs for a temporary time period. SSC programming is based on applied behavior analysis theory, cognitive behavioral theory, and restorative practices including the following:
- PBIS school-wide systems
- Restorative practices in classrooms
- Individualized behavioral assessment and intervention, supported by a dedicated Behavior Coach
- Structured, precise level system for responding to behaviors with reinforcement/consequences
- Small group, explicit instruction in social skills, self-regulation & problem solving
- Individual & group support by Licensed Social Worker (LCSW)
The goal of the SSC Program is to assist students who have social, emotional and behavioral challenges learn the skills they need to return to their neighborhood school. These programs are self-contained, highly structured, and provide specially designed instruction for students who have Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and a documented need for a higher level of support. We maintain a high staff-to-student ratio, and the highly trained staff is dedicated to providing a safe and positive learning environment. 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.
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 based on student progress on goals to determine if transition back to the neighborhood school is appropriate; and if so to what degree.
Staff at SSC focus on identifying and teaching lagging social/emotional/behavioral skills to students 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 goal of the SSC is to teach students the skills they need to successfully return to their neighborhood school.
In order to meet the individualized needs of students, the District offers three levels of the SSC Program. All three levels are offered at a district assigned site and a temporary, specialized program designed to meet the needs of the students until progress is 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.