Students are referred by Thompson Public Schools to attend Sierra School and are generally in grades 6–12. They face disabilities in a variety of areas, including autism, emotional disability, specific learning disability, multiple disabilities, intellectual disabilities, other health impairments, and multiple disabilities
We are proud to employee special education teachers and a school social worker, all of which are certified through the Colorado Department of Education. Thompson Public Schools provides related services such as speech therapy and occupational therapy. All Sierra School staff are trained in Handle With Care for crisis intervention.
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At Sierra School, we believe that education isn’t about memorizing facts or taking tests — it’s about teaching children how to learn so they can carry this skill and enthusiasm with them throughout their lives to produce positive outcomes and fulfilling futures. Our child-centered approach thus focuses on fostering emotional growth; increasing academic, language, and behavioral competencies; and enhancing each student’s natural strengths. Our prime objective for all students is to help shape them into independent young adults who can productively interact in a variety of mainstream social settings and situations. We accomplish this by providing individualized programming to teach to each child’s skill set and adapt to each child’s learning style.