Throughout the school day, students are supported by teachers, clinical staff, and caseworkers to establish and enhance their planning, problem-solving, and life skills. By providing consistent and clear expectations, COMPASS staff work with students to name and anticipate consequences to their behaviors, to use functional communication to get their needs met safely, and to show flexibility when conflict arises.
COMPASS utilizes a combination of behavior management and the BEAMS system to provide a strength-based, nonpunitive approach to building skills that lead toward transitioning students to a less restrictive setting and/or preparing for and maintaining employment. The behavior management system provides the needed structure for the safety of students and staff. The key element of the BEAMS system is to reinforce positive behavior.