Why Students Succeed
Why Students Succeed~ Peter Capalbo, Director of Tides Schools
Social Growth- Many of our students have not had the opportunity to participate in sports, cultural events or field trips. Once privileges are earned each student participates in community activities to help them experience new adventures.
Vocational Training- Each student has the opportunity to participate in our culinary or carpentry program where they gain practical skills that allow them to be work ready upon graduation. Many students receive their Serve Certificate allowing them to work in a restaurant.
Academic Success- Each student receives individual support as we meet them where they are. Our first priority is a safe, healthy learning environment. Once the student feels safe, they are able to focus on their academic success.
Fun- Many of our students have experienced trauma and violence. They come from families that are struggling financially. Due to this, having fun seems like a dream and not a realty. Throughout the year, staff seek out unique opportunities for enrichment outside of school. This year students went ice skating, painting, horseback riding, hiking and golfing.
The Tides school teachers are state certified in special education and all staff are certified in crisis prevention and intervention training. All staff are now trained in trauma informed schools and understand how to de-escalate situations before a crisis develops.
As we continue to evaluate how we need to adapt our programming to meet the needs of the students we look forward to developing a job internship program in our vocational program and we are exploring ways to expand our computer technology training program. We look forward to another successful year.