On Campus School

One of the important programs added to the Mountain States Children’s Home system over the years has been the academic program.   Staff discovered that many of the children suffered in education because of poor behavior or academically they felt that they had fallen behind too far to catch up to their grade level. Because of the importance of education to the overall Mountain States Children’s Home program the campus school was added in 1998. Janice Schow started the program as a teacher then accepted a role as the educational director.

An opportunity to learn through a one-on-one approach, the children are given tests to measure their strengths and weaknesses. The curriculum is then based on the best course educational path to fulfill the requirements of graduation. Words like, “structure”, “study and organizational skills”, “accountability”, and “respect” are all keys to achieving academic success.

In 2008, Mountain States Children’s Home completed a new building for the school, allowing for an expanded library and media area, a new gymnasium for physical education, a science lab, new textbooks and other areas for students to work. This school was also built to accommodate student growth in numbers based on future plans to expand campus housing. Prior to the new building, the school was located in the basement of one of the residential homes.

Students are measured on behavior and work levels each day in class, documented with a sheet sent home for each child every night for the house parents to know the progress of the child.

The program has been created to address the individual needs of each child, trying to keep them on track to meet their academic level.  Upon entering the school and by the time a child leaves there is a marked improvement in their abilities. The average progress a child makes in one year is 3.7 years of cognitive ability. This means that their ability to understand concepts and accomplish the work is increased. They become more confident in their abilities and through this process they gain in overall self-esteem. The children may not be proficient in all areas but they learn study and organization skills that will help them in returning to public school. This is a great life skill for them to learn also.

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