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 Carrie Elligson Gietner School

The goal for the Carrie Elligson Gietner School is to educate its students to a higher level of academic performance while fostering positive growth in social/emotional behaviors and attitudes so that students may transition to lesser restrictive educational settings, within the larger community.

The students consist of children from our residential facility as well as several school districts in the community, mainly the special school district. The school at ECH serves children in second through twelfth grade who are not successful in the traditional school setting due to behavioral, academic and emotional difficulties. 

The student teacher ratio in each classroom is 10 to 2. Students are grouped, based on age, despite intellectual functioning which can create a challenge for the teachers in terms of lesson planning.  For this reason, teachers use instructional strategies and methods, such as differentiation, project-based and theme-based instruction to meet the needs of students; and to encourage hands-on learning and student engagement.

The students are taught the core subjects: Reading/language arts, math, social studies, and science. In addition, physical education is provided to students on a daily basis. A well-equipped computer lab is available to all students and technology is integrated into the daily lessons. The school’s library has approximately 4,700 books and several computers for student use. The library operates on an open schedule. Students may visit the library as frequently as they choose. The instructional program also includes Read 180, a computer-assisted reading intervention program. Read 180 is used to meet the needs of struggling readers whose reading achievement is below proficient level. Occupational therapy and speech/language therapy are available to students whose individual plans require these services.

The Carrie Elligson Gietner School also serves young people who suffer from Developmental Disabilities. With the addition of the Social and Behavioral Learning Unit at ECH, it became apparent that the young men served in this unit needed a place to continue their education. Extra teaching staff was brought on who are qualified to work with their particular needs. Currently there are nine young men with a range of developmental disabilities receiving services through the Carrie Elligson Gietner School.