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Background Information

Ruth Owens Kruse Educational Center is a specialized K-12 school which provides highly specialized educational and therapeutic services to emotionally behaviorally disabled students in grades K-12. Through the use of a structured curriculum that follows the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, a comprehensive behavior management system that encompasses positive behavior support (PBS) and a range of clinical services, the program focuses on the social, emotional, behavioral, and academic needs of the students. The ultimate goal is to provide intensive services in order to promote the successful reintegration of students back into the regular school setting in the least restrictive environment. Family involvement is a key component of the school program. Support services and workshops are available to parents and other family members to enhance student’s performance in school. Parent participation in school activities and organizations such as the Educational Excellence Council (EESAC) and the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is encouraged. The school staff is comprised of Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist, teachers, paraprofessionals, student services staff, school security monitors, and personnel who are highly trained to be sensitive to the unique needs of our exceptional student population.