The Knoxville Adaptive Education Center serves select students in grades K through 12 from all schools in Knox County who require a structured and supportive school environment with a strong mental health component. Students access the Intervention Program at KAEC through the IEP Team process.
The Intervention Program currently consists of three elementary, three middle, and seven high school classrooms at KAEC, plus 18 similarly run “Satellite” classrooms in elementary, middle, and high schools across the county. Classroom staff have the support of an Intervention Consultant, as well as, a mental health team consisting of a licensed mental health professional and a mental health case manager. Classroom and support staff are all trained in verbal de-escalation techniques to assist students who may be in crisis.
The goal of the program at KAEC is to re-educate students who have not been successful in their zoned schools in emotional self-regulation, improved decision making, problem solving techniques, and social interactions, to prepare them to return to and be successful in their zoned school, while maximizing each student’s academic progress. Students typically step down to a Satellite class prior to returning to their zoned school.