Amount Requested: $7,200 for Yoga/Mindfulness Programming
Mission: To provide a safe, caring, and therapeutic environment where students develop skills necessary to build successful futures. We are a educational community that believes relationships are the most integral part of therapeutic and academic growth.
Constituents Served: Primarily children grades K-12 who have diagnosed emotional, mental, and/or behavioral disorders who are unable to succeed in their home school environment. The families of those children also receive therapeutic support from our staff to help support that student along with the family. We served 20 kids and their families last year, including 10 students between the ages of 6-10 and 10 students between the ages of 10-18.
Program Overview: Lafayette School was established in 1999 to serve children and adolescents with diagnosed emotional, behavioral and mental disorders in a therapeutic day school environment. We provide services for students in grades K-12 from the surrounding localities including Hanover, Albemarle, Charlottesville, Fluvanna, Orange, Nelson, Augusta, and Greene counties with a capacity of 24 students. The school is founded on the principle that many youth with mental, emotional, and behavioral disruptions can be effectively treated and maintained in their home community with an intensive structured program that combines special education with therapeutic intervention. Our program integrates education, therapy, recreation, and life/social skills while providing a positive and nurturing environment for students to build self-esteem and develop healthy relationships with adults and peers. The staff collaborates with community agencies and local school systems with a goal of providing students with the skills necessary to remain in their homes, become contributing members of their community, and/or return to a less restrictive school environment.
Over the last 15 years, we have served over 20 students and their families from Augusta County, Staunton, and Nelson County. We also work closely with the Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center so that our students can continue to receive support after graduation.
We provide more therapuetic support than any other day treatment program in the state. Some of our programs are Individual, group, and family therapy, Art Therapy, Yoga/Mindfullness Therapy, Dog Therapy, Therapuetic Horseback Riding, Life Skills, Community giving, a quilting program (the students create quilts and donate them to Project Linus), and a summer program. All donations will be used to support our therapuetic programs listed above.
The academic, programmatic and therapeutic success of our students is evident with the high percentages of passing standardized test scores, community citizenship, positive behaviors displayed in home and school, along with increased self-esteem, self-identity and healthy relationships. Many of our students have the goal to transition to their home school, while others prefer staying at Lafayette. The majority of our students need the small classroom sizes, therapeutic support, and individualized academic plans which may be unavailable in their home school, thus their continuing with our program until completion. This may be the least restrictive environment in which the students find success.
Current Operating Budget: $762,870