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Portland Public Schools

Portland, Oregon

501 N. DixonPortland, OR 97227(503) 916-2000

Behavior Classrooms

These classrooms serve students with ongoing significant social/emotional skill deficits and mental health needs that impede their ability to benefit from general education settings. Behavioral characteristics of these students may include: non-compliance; poor peer interactions; difficulty in following school routines and/or expectations; poor problem-solving skills; excessive fears/phobias; poor social skills; and sometimes verbal and/or physical aggressiveness.

The program uses the Collaborative Problem-Solving approach and provides specially designed instruction in social skills, school success strategies, conflict resolution, coping skills, and academics at the students’ instructional level. Classroom environments feature clear expectations, community building, relationship building with adults and peers, positive support strategies, and encouragement. Related services are provided consistent with each student’s IEP. Students have opportunities to participate in general education experiences.
IEP teams determine current type of educational placement (OAR 581-015-2250). Once the IEP team determines the type of educational placement, a location (or school site) is selected for the student. Selection of a school site is an administrative decision.