Emotional/Behavioral Programs

Stepping Stones
401 Building, Chaska

‚ÄčElementary students in grades K-5 receive academic and social skills instruction with an emphasis on successful peer interaction and self regulating feelings and behavior. Through individual intervention plans and opportunities to participate in group activities, students prepare to return to their home schools.

River Valley Education Center, Jordan
Middle school students in grades 6-9 with significant behavior and emotional problems that interfere with their learning or the learning of others. Program components include differentiated academic instruction, related services, access to mental health services, and social and emotional skill development.

River Valley Education Center, Jordan

This program serves students ranging in ages 10-18 with significant social and emotional needs. Program components include differentiated academic instruction, related services, access to mental health services, and social and emotional skill development.

PRIDE (Preparing and Reaching Individual Dreams Everyday)
Formerly The 400 Program
River Valley Education Center, Jordan
This program serves students of all ages who need individualized environments, academic and/or functional skill development, and behavioral support.  Students in this program require 1:1 student/staff ratio because of significant behavioral needs or the intensity of the interventions required for the student to make progress.

401 Building, Chaska

This program serves 9-12 graders with emotional and/or behavioral disorders who require a self-contained environment to be successful in high school. Students in the Passages program receive small group instruction, immediate feedback and access to social workers and a mental health expert in chemical health.
The program models an evidence-supported approach called Re Education. The emphasis is on positive interventions and the development of positive behavioral outcomes with others. Students who demonstrate the skills to be successful may access career and technical classes located within the building.

401 Building, Chaska

A mental health component available to students who attend SouthWest Metro High School Alternative Learning Center (ALC) in Chaska. The program consists of two mental health therapists who work with students in general education and special education in conjunction with other ALC staff. The Catalyst program is designed for students who have mental health needs that impact their academic success. Students work individually and in group sessions with the therapists on identifying self-awareness of their mental health needs and developing positive coping and self-advocacy skills. The ALC team consists of general education teachers, special education teachers and mental health therapists. Students must be enrolled at the SWMetro High School and have a current diagnostic assessment (within 12 months).

Transition Programs
Shakopee Town Square Mall

The South West Metro Educational Cooperative transition programs provide services for students who have Individual Education Plans between the ages of 17 and 21. Much of the students' time is spent in the community, learning to use public transportation, accessing community supports and volunteering or obtaining paid employment.  
The transition program serves students in all disability areas. Curriculum for the transition program focuses on the three areas of transition: post-secondary transition, jobs/job training and community participation. The transition program works with adult service providers to make a seamless array of services available for students and their families. Coordination with outside adult service providers allows for a smooth transition from high school to young adulthood.  
The transition programs have highly specialized staff, including special education teachers, work experience coordinators, a social worker, and paraprofessional staff. The students enjoy small class sizes, individual instruction and immediate feedback. Students may have the opportunity to participate in career and technical classes or community college classes during their school day. 


The Practical Assessment Exploration System (PAES) is a functional skills curriculum with an embedded assessment of vocational potential and employability skills. It is conducted in a simulated work environment where students work on simulations of actual tasks performed on community-based jobs. PAES is a research-based assessment system that identifies: aptitude for community based employment; functional skills; interests; and work behavior strengths and barriers to success.
There are five components, or job categories, assessed by PAES: Business/Marketing, Computer/Technology, Construction/Industrial, Processing/Production, and Consumer/Service. Each component has 8 to 10 units. For example, in the Computer Technology component there are 8 units: Data Entry, Work Processing, Mailing technology, E-Mail, Information Technology, Information Management, Power Point, and Digital Photos. Each unit has 6 jobs which are sequenced from easiest to more difficult. There are a total of 264 jobs in the PAES lab. 
In order to obtain a valid measure of aptitude for community-based employment, it is recommended that students spend at least 90 hours in the PAES lab, which equates to about one hour per day for one semester or 3 hours a day during the six week summer session. Districts can enroll students by contacting Vicki Lambrecht at vlambrecht@swmetro.k12.mn.us or 952-567-8183.

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