Thank you for your interest in our school! We hope you enjoy our website and the information provided is of value to you. At St. Joseph's Children's Home we have been extremely blessed with both the resources and professional staff necessary to provide young people in a residential treatment setting the opportunity to receive an education specifically designed for them. It's our goal that every student we serve acquires the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully reintegrate into a public school, home and community setting. To that end, we work hard meeting the standards of education and care established for us by the following accrediting agencies; the Wyoming Department of Education (WSDE), the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), the Wyoming Department of Family Services (DFS), the Joint Commission and Medicaid. Our school has been fully accredited by the WSDE since 1997.
We operate our K-12 school on a year around basis (approximately 225 school days) between six to seven hours per day. Our staff consists of eight teachers, thirteen education assistants, one Title I teacher and two administrative personnel. Classroom ratios are small, usually 5 - 10 students in each classroom with one teacher and at least one education assistant. All of our teachers maintain current Wyoming certification in their specific area of assignment according to standards established by the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB). Likewise, each education assistant possesses a Wyoming Substitute Teaching Permit.
Our education staff believes each student's stay in this facility might very well represent the most opportune time in their life to benefit from an education due to the 24-hour-a-day care and supervision they are receiving. The cost of these services is not cheap and keeping this in mind we attempt to get the absolute most out of each instructional day by constantly engaging students in learning activities.
Most of the students admitted to St. Joseph's arrive with a strong dislike for the public school system. The hundreds of school record reviews we've conducted on their behalf indicate a predictable set of characteristics that appear to foster this attitude. These include: chronic attendance issues (truancy, absenteeism, tardiness), extensive referrals for school disciplinary actions (in school suspension, after school detention, Saturday school detention, alternative school settings, reduced school days, one-to-one aids, out of school suspension and expulsion), numerous failing grades, low GPA's, credit deficiencies for graduation and low test scores. As concerning and challenging this information is we are proud of the fact that when nearly all of our students are discharged their grades as well as attitude toward school, authority figures and themselves has significantly improved.
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