one step at a time
Specialized Therapeutic Education Path - STEP - Designed specifically for public school districts, the STEP program is intended to support students who are struggling to attend school and display avoidance behaviors, so significant, that it impacts daily living, academic functioning, and relationships with family and friends.
A Gradual Transition Towards Full Potential...
Students in the STEP program are subject to the same WDS Admissions criteria and tuition. The coursework and curriculum standards are in accordance with WDSs current course schedule and classwork, and work is assigned and managed by WDS classroom teachers.
All staff hold appropriate certifications and licensure in accordance with the Connecticut State Department of Education.
STEP (Specialized Therapeutic Education Program) Highlights:
- Goals and objectives in compliance with each student’s IEP
- Social work hours in compliance with the IEP
- Social work groups available on campus
- Up to ten hours of 1:1 tutoring per week, as needed
- Homebound/ local library tutoring available, as needed
- On campus tutoring during after school hours available (for a quiet setting)
- WDS classroom teachers deliver the curriculum with accommodations and modifications for each student in accordance with the WDS course curriculum
- Frequent collaboration with each student’s outside treatment team
- Frequent collaboration and communication with each student’s family
- Social worker available for home visits, and on campus appointments
- Students may complete previous academic work from their school district for credit retrieval
What does communication look like in the STEP Program?
- Weekly notes sent out to families and districts that include updates from the academic tutor, classroom teacher, and social worker
- PPT participation
- IEP progress reports in accordance with the State Department of Education’s guidelines (Quarterly)
- WDS Academic reports
- WDS Parent teacher conferences (November & April)