While academics is always our core program, we provide a wide range of services and opportunities for student development.
Using a comprehensive state-adopted curriculum, TMS provides a structured educational program within a safe, nurturing environment. The curriculum is modified and adapted to address specific areas of need as identified in a student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP). We are able to provide programs for students to earn a high school diploma or a certificate of completion.
Many of our students struggle with appropriate classroom behavior. To address this, we have developed a school-wide, evidence-based system for positive behavior support. We employ common tools, such as a level system and a token system, that are used to positively reinforce target behaviors. In addition, every staff member is trained in positive reinforcement techniques and compassionate methods of maintaining firm boundaries and a supportive, structured environment.
Keeping the body healthy is an important part of keeping the mind sharp and ready to learn. Our physical fitness program therefore focuses on health, strength, dexterity, and good sportsmanship.
The mission of the Life Skills Program is to facilitate academic, technical and social development in the education process that leads to enduring success in the community life.
Because a majority of our students come to us with significant behavioral and emotional problems, mental health is deeply embedded in our program. TMS offers educationally related mental health services from a full-time licensed clinical psychologist or a supervised trainee. Our clinical team also leads student groups in the classrooms geared towards improving social skills and learning to manage behavior. There are also multiple trainings for the entire staff on psychological issues relevant to our student population.
We offer music education, both during class instruction and by offering individual lessons to interested students. Art is also important to us, and so we have our Art from the Heart program, where all students are guided in learning about and practicing various art forms.
WorkAbility is a state-sponsored training program for special education students ages 14-22 designed to promote career awareness and exploration while completing their secondary education program. WorkAbility provides students with opportunities for job shadowing, paid and non-paid work experience, and ongoing support and guidance from vocational personnel.
TMS mixes academics, paid work opportunities, and summer fun during six extra weeks of school between June and July.