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Emotional Support

Community School – Elementary and Middle Level

Delaware County Education Center, Aston Campus

A full-time special education program with on-site mental-health services for elementary- and middle-school students (K-8) with emotional and behavioral disorders. Individualized programs emphasize academic skill development in language arts, math, social studies and science, as well as art, music and physical education. Individual and small-group counseling in social skills and problem solving teach children to deal constructively with interpersonal challenges. 

The County Alternative High School – Secondary Level

Provides a full-time special-education, emotional-support program for
secondary students with on-site mental-health services. Individualized academic programs emphasize skill development in language arts, math, social studies, and science. Students receive a high-school academic program, with an opportunity for part-time career and technical education training, and a structured positive behavior management system. Academics are a blend of direct instruction and online interactive learning that allows students to be challenged and excel at their own level and pace. Individual and group counseling is provided with a focus in a safe space for students to address risky behaviors, build on protective and resiliency skills, and improve relationships. Serves students in grades 9 through age 21 years, 11 months. 

The County Alternative High School also hosts specialty classrooms for students with emotional disturbance and a high level of academic need, including students with an intellectual disability. This program serves students in grades 9 through 12 up to age 21 years, 11 months

Delaware County Academy – Secondary Level 

A specialized day program at the DCTS Aston Campus offering academic instruction with a therapeutic component, for secondary-level students who need a more personal setting to meet graduation requirements. Through a partnership with Child & Family Focus, students receive counseling and psychiatric services, psycho-educational assessments, and re-evaluations as necessary. Students enrolled generally exhibit internalizing behaviors. They must be able to maintain safe school behavior and may require additional support to meet goals.

Forward Bound – Secondary Level

An intensive, secondary, emotional-support class developed to meet the needs of a population of students diagnosed with a serious mental illness who have been unsuccessful in previous school placements due to a history of mental health treatment resulting in repeated interruptions in their education. Provides psychiatric services, medication management, and student and parent education to cope with chronic illness. School-based mental-health counseling along with intense case management connects student and family with community resources. Forward Bound provides a supporting and structured environment maximizing a student’s ability to successfully access a high-school curriculum.


Contact Information

Lisa Kirk -Supervisor for community school, Delaware County Academy, and Forward Bound
610-938-9000. ext. 1089

Matt White- Supervisor for The County Alternative.
610-874-4603. ext. 5202