Emotional Behavioral Classrooms
The Valley Collaborative Middle School’s Emotional Behavioral classrooms provide a small, individually tailored therapeutic and structured environment for students who have emotional, behavioral and social adjustment difficulties that impact their ability to make effective progress in a traditional school setting. We have the capability to cater to students with a range of cognitive abilities, learning disabilities, and emotional needs (i.e. Autism, ADHD, non-verbal learning disorder, anxiety, and mood disorder) as well as those with executive functioning and/or behavior challenges.
Social and Behavior Skills Development:
The program’s behavior management system utilizes clear expectations and positive behavioral supports to help students learn alternative coping strategies, develop appropriate relations, focus on school, feel good about themselves and improve overall performance. Students are encouraged to choose personally relevant coping mechanisms and safe break spaces during times of stress. Weekly social skills groups for all students by a social worker or speech pathologist assists with connecting positive behaviors to positive outcomes. All staff members reinforce taught social skills throughout the school environment. Developing a positive school community is important to our program. Our mission is to build a safe, respectful and responsible community.
All students have access to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and Common Core requirements through courses in literacy, math, language and writing, as well as content areas such as science and social studies. Our classrooms are equipped with technology such as iPads, laptops and SMART boards to engage and enhance our curriculum. We have a variety of curriculum to address all students’ needs.