School Program

for Disruptive & Aggressive Students.



The Program


Young House Family Services' School Program for Disruptive and Agressive Students provides specialized, short term intervention to help referred students control their behaviors while they continue to receive academic instruction. The goal of the program is to help students learn to manage their behaviors and make healthy decisions so that they can successfully return to the classroom. The average length of placement in the program is 9 - 12 weeks.


The program has two components:

The Educational Component includes the following:

  • Academic instruction designed to accommodate the individualized needs of each student. All Young House School Program instructors are certified teachers.

  • The School Program operates on a level system. When a student progresses through the level system, Young House personnel will schedule a staffing to discuss transitioning the student back to the home school classroom.

The Treatment Component includes the following:

  • On-site Young House staff provides supervision, skill development, crisis intervention, and behavior management.

  • Young House staff facilitates daily skill development groups to teach skills such as anger management, communication, relationship building, substance abuse prevention, etc.

  • Young House staff provides ongoing classroom monitoring and crisis intervention, including redirection and progressive intervention. All staff are trained in non-violent crisis intervention using the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) Model.

Behavioral Criteria

Young House Family Services' School Program for Disruptive and Agressive Students provides an alternative for middle and high school students who are extremely disruptive to the classroom or display behaviors that are a threat to themselves or to others.

Behaviors that might meet the criteria for refferal to the School Program include:

  • violent behaviors; self-harm;

  • destruction of property,

  • threats towards others or to property, including verbal threats as well as possesions of weapons;

  • extremely disruptive behaviors that interfere with the learning of the student, as well as other students.

Placement in the School Program is appropriate when all other interventions have failed or when behaviors are so extreme that immediate removal from the classroom is warranted. The School Program may also be utilizedas a Designated-Number-of -Days program for students who have been expelled or suspended.

School or AEA personnel will make an initial referral to Young House. Young House personnel work closely with the reffering school and AEA throughout the process of intake, placement and transition back to the classroom.

Call Young House Family Services for more information or to make an appointment.


905 South Iris
Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641
(319) 385-2906
Fax: (319) 385-3428


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