SCHOOL HIGHLIGHT: Intensive Counseling Enriched Classroom at Sequoia Elementary School
The partnership in the Intensive Counseling Enriched Classroom (I-CEC) at Sequoia Elementary School is new to SOAPS this year. Sequoia’s mission is to provide a powerful education to all students, enabling them to become effective, contributing citizens in society through access to a core curriculum that promotes both academic and social success. We currently have 8 students enrolled in the I-CEC and all students participate in at least 1 mainstream class. The team works closely with the district staff to support the students through individualized treatment plans to ensure that each student is receiving the support they need for continued success and eventual graduation from our program.
In the short time we’ve been on the Sequoia campus, we have built a strong partnership with the administration and the school as a whole. Partnerships can be challenging, but through dedication, hard work, and embodying Seneca’s philosophy of Unconditional Care, our staff have found a way to integrate themselves and our students into the school-wide community. The principal is so happy with our partnership that she requested our Program Manager, Mackenzie Boyle, to lead a five-part training series titled, “Fostering Community.” The training is open to all Sequoia parents and meets once a month in the evening. Throughout the series, the parents are supported in building community through the lens of exploring their own identities and power dynamics. The training series has met three times, with 20-40 parents in attendance at each session. We look forward to continuing to strengthen our partnership with Sequoia in the years to come.
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