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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.

 Reading Wish List

The young men in Ms. Mac's class, the High School Boys Class at ECH, grades 8-12, have taken a special interest in reading this year. They have many requests of books they are interested in. If you or someone you know has these books and are willing to give them to the boys, please contact the Development Office at 314-427-3755 or by email at

The Percy Jackson Series  by Rick Riordan

The Heroes Of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan

How to Train your Dragon Series by Cressida Cowell

Alex Rider Series  by  Anthony Horowitz

Gate Keepers’s  Series by Anthony Horowitz

The Teen Titan Comic Book Series DC comics (there are over 40 issues, so far)

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Complementary books

The following are complementary books, which correspond to the series-:

 The Shadow falls Series by C.C.  Hunter

The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins

The Rangers Apprentice Series by John Flanagan

The Wizards Apprentice Series by Macdonald and Doyle

The Night Shandel Series by Andera Cremer

Witch and the Wizard Series by  James Patterson

Lord of the Rings Series by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Inheritance Cycle  Series by Christopher Paolini

The Maximum Ride Series by James Patterson

The Beautiful Creatures Series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

The Hoot Series By Carl Hiaasen

The Mortal Instruments  series by  Cassandra Clare

The Maze Runner Series  by James Dashner

The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod


Ink Heart Trilogy-  by Cornelia Funke

Rot & Ruin Series by

Individual books:

Life O Pi --- Yann Martel
The Raven  --- Edgar Allen Poe
Double Helix by James D. Watson
The Giver ---  Lois Lowry
The Time Machine-  H. G. Wells
Lord of the Flies—William Golding
Guilliver’s Travel – Jonathan Swift
War of the Worlds –H.G.Wells
1984 – George Orwell
Gone Girl  -- Gillian Flynn
Not A Fan--  Kyle Idleman
No Easy Day --  Mark Owen
The Lone Survivor  -- Marcus Luttrell & Patrick Robinson

Other suggestions:

How to make Origami

Magic Trick Books
Cooking books
Drawing books
Computer Books
Animation Books
Career Discovery Encyclopedias
Football books
Baseball books
US History books
Art Books
Car Books
Navy Seal Books
Math Books
Chicken Soup Books