Academic and Behavior Schools West
Students with intellectual or behavioral disabilities thrive in Academic and Behavior Schools
The Academic and Behavior Schools West, opened in 1998, provides an enriching and supportive learning environment for students aged 5-22 with intellectual, developmental and behavioral disorders, autism spectrum disorder and other significant health impairments. Academic and Behavior Schools (ABS) of Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) provide an educational environment for those students identified as having severe behavioral difficulties, emotional difficulties, and/or developmental disabilities. The classes are specifically designed to assist special education students to function successfully. Staff members at the Academic and Behavior Schools use data-driven behavior management techniques emphasizing positive reinforcement. The philosophy of the ABS program revolves around the premise that significant learning and behavioral changes may be achieved with the following:
- Appropriate educational tasks;
- Reinforcement that is meaningful to the student; and
- Student knowledge of socially acceptable, responsible behaviors.
Area school districts contract with HCDE to provide student services at one of our two Academic and Behavior Schools. Our state-aligned curriculum emphasizes academics, life skills and behavior management. With low student-to-teacher ratios, we give students the skills needed to live independently and contribute to society.