Bethesda’s Educational Program consists of 3 main components:
- Partial Hospitalization (see Partial Hospitalization Program)
- Alternative Education
- Emotional Support Classrooms
Alternative Education is a full-time program operating in conjunction with the local school districts in Crawford County. This program serves approximately 30 students and is staffed with 3 Pennsylvania-certified teachers and a behavior specialist. Students in Alternative Education have been removed from their home schools for disciplinary reasons. Components of this program include academic instruction/remediation, an academic and behavioral level system, and group counseling for social skills, anger management, goal setting, and other relevant topics.
Bethesda’s 3 Emotional Support and 3 Alternative Education Classroomsare operated in conjunction with the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit #5. The classrooms are staffed with Intermediate Unit teachers certified in special education and behavior specialists trained to deal with conflict resolution. A Title 1 reading specialist works individually and in groups, to help improve reading skills. The student-to-teacher ratio is approximately 12-1 and consists of youth ages 12-18 who have been determined to be in need of emotional or alternative education support services. These classrooms primarily serve students who are in Residential Treatment at Bethesda. However, Bethesda also provides Emotional Support Services to approximately 5-10 day students transported to BCH from local school districts. Youth who have been unsuccessful in their home schools are referred to the Education Program for the degree of structure, supervision, and support that is provided. A Partial Hospitalization Program consisting of 2 classrooms for 20 students staffed with mental health professionals is also offered.All emotional support students have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) developed for them when they enter the program that outlines their educational programming and curriculum. Students in ninth grade or above earn credits and meet course requirements for graduation from their home schools. In addition to the regular school year, students who are not employed during the summer are enrolled in a ten-week summer school program. Summer school at Bethesda is designed to provide additional opportunities for remediation and to earn credits towards graduation.