Community School


    Community School at DCIU Education Center, Aston Campus


    Diagnostic Program

    Serves both special and regular education students with behaviors that impede their progress in the general education curriculum and are referred for a diagnostic period by their school districts.
    • A multidisciplinary evaluation is completed and a meeting is held to discuss the results of the report.
    • Recommendations regarding eligibility for special education and the need for specially designed instruction are made. 
    • For those already identified as special education students or those who are determined to be eligible for special education through the evaluation process, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is developed with the parents and school district representatives.
    • The IEP team determines the need for supplementary aids and services and location of the supports in the Least Restrictive Environment for students.
    Students in the diagnostic program are placed in classes in the Delaware County Education Center.   The School’s academic curriculum is aligned with PA Chapter 4 Curriculum Standards. Students receive group social skills instruction three times weekly with mental health counselors from Crozer Keystone Health Systems that are assigned to each classroom. Students also receive weekly individual counseling.

    Emotional Support Program

    Provides a full-time special education program to students in grades K-8,  who have been referred from their school districts due to severe emotional and behavioral disabilities that greatly interfere with their learning or the learning of others even with supplementary supports and services in the learning environment. Individualized academic programs include curriculum that is aligned with PA Chapter 4 Curriculum Standards, research based core reading and math curriculum and intervention programs, language arts, science, social studies, physical education and art. There is an emphasis on social and problem solving skills that teaches students how to deal constructively with interpersonal communication. All students participate in group Social Skills instruction and individual counseling with Crozer Keystone Health System counselors. An on-site psychiatrist is available.

    Program Goals

    Provides a specialized school program of academic instruction, social skills instruction and counseling to each student in an environment of emotional support.
    • Focuses on teaching the social and academic skills needed to return to a district program
    • Successful collaboration with parents, school district, education staff and mental health staff to facilitate the social, emotional and academic development of all students
    • Diagnostic students are comprehensively evaluated and recommendations are made regarding the need for specially designed instruction, supplementary aids and services and appropriate learning environment
    • Implementation of School Wide Positive Behavior Supports
    • Research Based Curriculum and frequent data collection to monitor student progress and makes changes as needed.



    DCIU Education Center, 100 Crozerville Rd., Aston, PA  19014


    Nan Porter, Supervisor, 610-938-9000 ext. 6102