Patients attend Truckee Meadows School, an on-site, fully accredited, state-licensed, private school providing elementary through high school education. Our school is accredited through ADVANC-ED and utilizes the common core curriculum standards. Teachers are employees of Willow Springs Center and serve as educational advisors to the treatment team and students. Our faculty includes special education instructors with Highly Qualified Status in their subject material, many of whom have Master’s level degrees or higher. All teachers meet or exceed State of Nevada certification requirements in the subjects they teach.
Shortly after admission, an education assessment is completed, including an intake interview with the patient, a review of the medical chart and the administration of the Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement. When possible, we will contact the patient’s home school. Once the prerequisite testing is evaluated, a school plan and mental health educational program are developed.
Programs are individualized and small group instruction is provided. Class sizes range from 9 to 15 students. Recommendations for special education services are made as needed.
Truckee Meadows School offers unique educational programs:
Truckee Meadows School operates on a nine-week grading period, year-round with several short breaks. Grades and enrollment dates are noted on transcripts sent to the home school at the time of the patient’s discharge. You will also receive a copy of your adolescent’s transcript.
If it appears your child needs special education services at discharge, the principal will discuss with you how to seek services in the receiving school district. With parental consent, assessments and evaluations completed at Willow Springs Center will be forwarded to the appropriate homeschool staff for review. All efforts are made to ensure your adolescent experiences a smooth transition from residential treatment to the homeschool.