School is a critical part of normal development for all children. In addition to providing instruction in academic subjects, school helps children develop and reinforce positive socialization skills. Thus, the school program at Four Winds Saratoga is a core component of the evaluation and treatment milieu which provides diagnostic data, contributes to behavior management, and enhances the academic and social competencies essential for successful learning and re-entry into their school.
Our school, the Teaching and Learning Center (T.L.C.), is located on the hospital grounds and is staffed by certified, master’s level and/or special education teachers. Each child and adolescent participating in a Four Winds inpatient treatment program is tutored each school day.
Individualized, or small group instruction is conducted in self-contained classrooms. With written permission, we coordinate academic programming with the student's school in order to ensure an educational continuum. Specific subject content is designed to closely follow the current school curriculum, and is specifically tailored to the individual academic level of the student. Additionally, the Teaching and Learning Center teachers have the ability to use multilevel educational resources, including access to many websites, online courses and teacher provided materials. This access is monitored closely with strict attention to safety and confidentiality.
Children and adolescents are able to complete State (i.e. Regents and Common Core) and local exams while being treated at Four Winds, in accordance with New York State and school district regulations.
At discharge, the T.L.C. teacher will prepare, with consent, a final written report describing the student’s academic and social participation to the child's school.