Advancing Student Success

Emotional Support / Learning Support Program

The LifeWorks School currently accepts students enrolled in middle or high school grades 6 through 12, who need a small, structured, and compassionate environment in which to learn.  LifeWorks Lower School is comprised of students in 6th to 8th grade, while our Upper School handles 9th through 12th grades.

The school offers a strong academic curriculum based on the current Common Core and Pennsylvania Department of Education State Standards. Through the combined efforts of academic instruction and counseling support services, students can improve academic success, develop positive coping and leadership skills, gain positive socialization and interpersonal skills, and reduce behavioral health symptoms.

The ultimate goal is to help each student develop the necessary skills to enable them to maximize their potential.  LifeWorks successfully returns a minimum of 20 percent of its students per academic year to a less restrictive environment in the public school.

Our dedicated team of highly qualified, certified staff is trained to deal with children and adolescents struggling with a variety of emotional and behavioral health problems. The students have daily interaction with certified teachers, instructional assistants, master’s level certified school counselors, behavior managers, board certified behavior analyst, and ancillary professionals. The students receive academic instruction in math, science, language arts, social studies, reading, health and physical education, computers, art, career and vocational exploration, family and consumer science, as well as life skills.

Clinical/Counseling Component

Our students have a wide range of learning and emotional challenges that have greatly impacted their ability to access education throughout their lives. The LifeWorks Clinical department works as a member of the inter-disciplinary team, and works with all of the student’s community supports in addition to the team at LifeWorks.

The clinical team offers intensive therapeutic programming in an environment that inspires academic success and personal growth. LifeWorks School provides group therapy for 45 minutes every other day for each student, as well as individual counseling led by master’s level certified secondary school counselors on an as needed basis. Group topics include but are not limited to:

Social skills

  • Decision making
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety reduction
  • Suicide prevention
  • Drug and alcohol addiction/recovery
  • Relationships
  • Family systems
  • Trauma, grief
  • Loss
  • Self-esteem/concept
  • Pregnancy
  • Sexuality
  • Abuse recovery
  • Coping skills
  • Goal setting
  • Self-control
  • Career and post-secondary preparation
  • Medication
  • Dealing with symptom management.

In addition, case management, conflict resolution, peer mediation, and restorative justice are also offered as part of our counseling services.

The LifeWorks clinical team is also committed to using evidenced based practices in its work with the students.  Some of these practices include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral strategies
  • Aggression Replacement Training (ART)

These strategies and interventions have been a cornerstone of success for the Lifeworks team.

Middle School

Middle school curriculum and supporting activities are designed to help students enter their teen years with success and confidence. The required curriculum includes courses in social studies, language arts, science, mathematics, physical education and health.

Elective classes are available in:

  • Art
  • Music
  • Speech and drama
  • Business
  • Communication arts
  • Keyboarding
  • Family and consumer science
  • Engineering and industrial technology
  • Band
  • Strings
  • Foreign language
  • Video production.

In addition, a special curriculum is provided for academically gifted students and students needing special education services. Students also receive lessons on character education and drug-abuse resistance skills.

High School

Course offerings available in high school include

  • Vocational
  • College preparatory
  • Fine arts, practical art
  • Physical education

Courses are available in a number of areas, including:

  • Communication arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social studies
  • Engineering and industrial technology
  • Family and consumer sciences
  • Computers
  • Business education
  • Journalism and broadcasting
  • Internship work programs
  • Technology
  • Physical education and health
  • Band
  • Strings
  • Choir

Academically challenging courses are available through the honors classes, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and college-credit and dual-credit courses. Lessons are offered on positive character traits and drug-abuse resistance skills. Full special education services are available for students with disabilities. Students may also choose to enroll in a learning lab, providing a structured study environment.