DRS Adopts Trauma-Skilled Model For 2019-20

Trauma-Skilled Model New For DRS 2019-20
2019-20 Trauma-Skilled Model, Davidson River School

North Carolina requires all school districts to have a program or school for students who do not thrive in a traditional school environment. Davidson River School serves a diverse student population including students who have lost course credit, may have been retained in the past, and/or students who may not otherwise graduate with age-appropriate peers. For over 20 years, Davidson River School has served high school students in Transylvania County with an alternative, individualized, and caring approach. We offer creative, flexible educational environments and delivery methods for academic growth—all without compromise to core curriculum, testing, and standards held by the other county high schools.

New for 2019-20, Davidson River is immediately adopting a “Trauma-Skilled School Model” to increase graduation rates and test scores. Trauma-informed educators use a specific language and approach to meet students where they are and guide them toward academic success.

This approach comes from contact with the National Drop-Out Prevention Center, based on the idea that working to improve test grades and dropout rates cannot be done without first working with students to heal trauma (which negatively affects learning) and build resilience to it. Learn more in "About Us" here on the DRS website.

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