Our Approach to Academics

Portrait of confident high school female student with books in classroomAcademics are central to the residential program at Gulf Coast Treatment Center. When patients are admitted to our facility, they are immediately enrolled in our education program, based in Bradenton, Florida. The program, administered by The Rader Group, enables students to work towards their GED or high school diploma from a Giant Academy-accredited school. All teachers are certified and licensed by the Florida Department of Education, and state-certified Special Education teachers have extensive experience working with teens struggling with emotional and behavioral issues. Residents receive, at minimum, of five hours of instruction per day for 250 days per year per state requirements, and curriculums are individualized based on the developmental needs of the patient and their level of functioning. 

Education Program Goals

  • Maintaining residents’ academic progress by meeting state educational requirements
  • Providing individualized education services that address the resident’s academic and developmental needs.
  • Providing a continuum of services utilizing local education agencies as necessary
  • Ensuring students’ academic preparation upon their return to school

Our Therapeutic Education Model

  • Utilizing educational assessments to evaluate each student’s ability to perform appropriately in a school setting
  • Progress reports every 30 days, led by a multidisciplinary team of therapists and educators
  • Certified general, special and regular education teachers to appropriately meet academic and emotional needs
  • A self-contained model with collaboration among teachers and therapists
  • Multi-grade classrooms with behavioral support and consistent behavior management systems

Our Approach to Academics

Portrait of confident high school female student with books in classroom

Academics are central to the residential program at Gulf Coast Treatment Center. When patients are admitted to our facility, they are immediately enrolled in our education program, based in Bradenton, Florida. The program, administered by The Rader Group, enables students to work towards their GED or high school diploma from a Giant Academy-accredited school. All teachers are certified and licensed by the Florida Department of Education, and state-certified Special Education teachers have extensive experience working with teens struggling with emotional and behavioral issues. Residents receive, at minimum, of five hours of instruction per day for 250 days per year per state requirements, and curriculums are individualized based on the developmental needs of the patient and their level of functioning. 

Education Program Goals

  • Maintaining residents’ academic progress by meeting state educational requirements
  • Providing individualized education services that address the resident’s academic and developmental needs.
  • Providing a continuum of services utilizing local education agencies as necessary
  • Ensuring students’ academic preparation upon their return to school

Our Therapeutic Education Model

  • Utilizing educational assessments to evaluate each student’s ability to perform appropriately in a school setting
  • Progress reports every 30 days, led by a multidisciplinary team of therapists and educators
  • Certified general, special and regular education teachers to appropriately meet academic and emotional needs
  • A self-contained model with collaboration among teachers and therapists
  • Multi-grade classrooms with behavioral support and consistent behavior management systems
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Our staff is available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to provide a no-cost, mental health assessment for your child or patient. Call us at 800-537-5433 (toll-free) or 850-863-4160 to get started. For additional questions about our programs, you can also use our online contact form.

In the case of a medical emergency or crisis, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.