Whole Child

Student Services

Philosophy

ECS is dedicated to maximizing the strengths and potential of all students so they may become self-confident, well-rounded, responsible, and productive citizens. Believing that each and every individual has merit, the Environmental Charter School recognizes that certain learners within the school population have unique abilities, interests, needs, and potential for accomplishment.

Gifted Education                                

Gifted students need opportunities to think abstractly, work at various rates and levels of complexity, and pursue tasks independently. In addition, students eligible for gifted services need opportunities to learn with others of like abilities, as well as opportunities to develop social relationships with others of all abilities.

The Environmental Charter School believes that:

  • Giftedness is developmental; it is potential which must be nourished;
  • Gifted students share some characteristics with all other children; and
  • There is variability among the gifted.

Gifted Identification Process

Child Study Team                               

The Child Study Team (CST) is a comprehensive, multi-tiered intervention for students at academic or behavioral risk. CST allows parents and educators to identify and address academic and behavioral difficulties prior to student failure. CST provides students with targeted progress monitoring and strategic intervention.Monitoring student response to a series of increasingly intense interventions assists in preventing failure and provides data that may guide eligibility decisions for special education services.

The CST program is modeled after Pennsylvania’s Response to Instruction and Intervention Model.

Positive Behavior Support              

School-Wide Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is a systems approach to problem solving and planning for helping students to make appropriate choices. PBS supports the belief that in order to be successful, schools must create settings and routines where expectations are understood, attainable, and positive for all involved. We set expectations for our students’ behaviors in the school hallways, playground, cafeteria, assemblies, library, restrooms, and even on the bus. These expectations are taught and reinforced throughout the year using consistent language school wide. Emphasis is on reinforcing positive behavior and providing students with the tools necessary to be successful at school and to lay the foundation to become productive citizens.                                                                        

Olweus Program                                 

The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is designed to improve peer relations and make schools safer, more positive places for students to learn and develop. Goals of the program include:

  • Reducing existing bullying problems among students
  • Preventing new bullying problems
  • Achieving better peer relations at school

The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is rooted in weekly classroom meetings that empower students to advocate for themselves, embrace differences, and respect others.  Meetings will take place in the home-base community.

The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is implemented at the ECS’s Upper and Lower Schools. Students will build upon experiences as they matriculate.