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Education Services at Tennyson Center

The Gerald H. Phipps Education Center at Tennyson Center for Children houses our fully accredited Advance Ed K-12 school program designed to meet the academic, social, emotional and behavioral needs of our students. The mission of educational services at Tennyson Center for Children is blending education and healing to engage the minds and strengthen the hearts of children by providing a safe and therapeutic classroom environment that allows for personal growth. The program operates on a traditional school year calendar and also includes an eight-week summer school program.

The program provides general and special education services delivered by licensed general and special education teachers. Tennyson Center employs a part-time Speech/Language Pathologist and a part-time Occupational Therapist to provide students with a consistent on-site service provider. To enhance the educational experience and services of our students, Tennyson Center also provides Physical Education, Art, Computer and Title I services. Our student to classroom staff ratio is 4:1 which allows for individualized instruction, attention and support. Ultimately, our school program prepares students to transition to a less restrictive educational setting and provides transitional services to meet this goal.

Unique Components of Our Education Services

• We are recognized by the Colorado Department of Education as a Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) school where both students and staff are committed to being safe, respectful and responsible.
• We use pre, mid-year, and post formal assessments to measure and report out student academic growth.
• We provide all special education services in-house which allows our students and families to develop working relationships with service providers.  In-house service provision allows for close supervision of the services being provided and ensures continuity and quality of care.
• We collect, analyze and make programmatic decisions based on behavioral data collected on a bi-weekly basis.
• We conduct all necessary assessments for special education determination.
• We host a variety of school-wide events including but not limited to: Back-to-School Night, Literacy Night, Math Night, Science Fair, and Field Day. These events provide students and families the opportunity to come together with school staff to celebrate learning.
• When students are ready to transition to a less restrictive educational setting, we provide extensive transitional services including but not limited to: communicating student needs, coordination of and attendance at transition meetings at the receiving school, student visits supported by Tennyson Center staff and follow-up phone contact with the receiving school for up to six months after discharge.

Specialized Classroom for Students Needing Adaptive Living Skills 

Tennyson Center for Children offers specialized classrooms for students needing adaptive living skills. These life skills classrooms are self-contained for male and female students in grades K-12. Staff members include a teacher certified in Special Education, two youth treatment counselors and a clinician with expertise in serving students with cognitive impairments.

Off-Site Education Program

Our off-site self-contained licensed Day Treatment Education Program is located in Englewood Public Schools at Clayton Elementary School. We have partnered with Englewood Public Schools and other surrounding districts to allow for elementary-aged students grades K-5 to receive intensive academic and therapeutic services while remaining within a public school environment. Our student to classroom staff ratio of 2.5:1 allows for individualized instruction, attention and support. Program services are provided by a licensed special education teacher, a full-time clinician and two youth treatment counselors. While the program follows the traditional Englewood public school calendar, we also provide an eight-week summer school program which provides additional academic support as well as community-based and experiential learning opportunities.