School Program

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Students attending Pace School require services above and beyond those available in traditional classrooms. 

toaster petsBy creating a trauma sensitive environment, students feel secure and safe while learning. In this environment, children begin to understand their own experiences and change the way they respond to them. As an early leader in bringing this concept into a school-based setting, we make it our goal to maintain a trauma sensitive environment every day.

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The best of evidence-based practices in education, positive psychology, behavior supports, mental health and social emotional development are integrated in a dynamic, and child focused approach, PLAID (Positive Learning and Integrated Design). This innovative approach, created by Pace, is a holistic model that weaves mental wellness, social positive behavior and academic/functional skills into every lesson on a daily basis.

Through this weaving of academic and functional skills with social emotional learning, students will:

  • Improve in academic, communication, social and life-management skills
  • Avoid higher levels of psychiatric or behavioral health care
  • Return to public school, ready to learn!
  • Prepare for independence and life after high school

Our model helps prevent failure for children and assures success in learning by scaffolding supports and building positive relationships. WE BELIEVE THAT KIDS CAN and that the PLAID approach leads to better outcomes for our students.