Desert Hills offers a comprehensive educational day treatment program that is designed to provide coordinated, intensive, and individualized therapeutic and educational services for children, adolescents, and their families who are living in the community. This program is held five days per week between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm and is available for 6th-12th grade students. This educational day treatment program is offered year-round and addresses both academic and behavioral issues.
During the regular school year, this program is held at a specialized charter school that resides on the Desert Hills campus. During school breaks, the students are taught by Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) teachers through Desert Hills North Central Accredited private school.
The school at Desert Hills is accredited by Advance Ed (formerly the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement). Patients who engage in this program receive regular school credits while they are in attendance at Desert Hills School. This is especially beneficial for children who may be behind academically as they are able to earn summer school credits that can be transferred back to their home schools, allowing them to catch up with their peers.
Continuing with the client’s education while at Desert Hills is an important part of the treatment program. The school provides a positive, safe, and individualized place to learn and grow. The Desert Hills teachers communicate weekly with patients’ treatment teams, ensuring consistency in the individual goals set for each student.
Both special education and regular education services are available in the Desert Hills educational day treatment program and the classrooms hold a teacher-to-student ration of anywhere between 1:7 to 1:16, depending on the acuity of the children partaking in programming at any given time. Academic and behavioral aides are also available in special education classrooms. Additionally, Milieu Counselors are an integral part of the therapeutic interventions afforded in the Desert Hills school program. These counselors assist primarily with discipline, but also often provide educational assistance to the teachers.
Participating in the Desert Hills educational day treatment program allows children and adolescents to have their needs met and their concerns addressed in the least restrictive environment possible. Because these children are able to live at home, Desert Hills can provide transportation for Medicaid families to and from each patient’s home. As an added convenience to children and their families, breakfast and lunch are also provided during school hours.
In the case of children who are in kindergarten through 5th grade, Albuquerque Public Schools provide the educational component through their Home Hospital or Home Bound programs. Both regular education and special services are provided. APS teachers come to Desert Hills for a few hours every day to work with these students.
At the Desert Hills School, you and your family will be involved in every aspect of your child’s education evaluation and in the creating, implementing, and progressing of his or her education goals. We will work diligently with you and your family in order to ensure that your child’s educational experience with us is a positive one.