Academic and Behavior Schools West
Students with intellectual or behavioral disabilities thrive in Academic and Behavior Schools
Since 1998, Academic and Behavior Schools (ABS) West has provided 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. Harris County Department of Education's (HCDE) Academic and Behavior Schools provide an educational environment for students with severe behavioral, emotional, and 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 students may achieve significant learning and behavioral changes with the following:
- Appropriate educational tasks;
- Meaningful support and
- Knowledge of socially acceptable, responsible behaviors.
Area school districts partner 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.