SOAR Assessment Center

Bigelow School

An Extended Evaluation Assessment Center
for students in grades 5-12.

A Note From Our Director

Shannon VanderSwaaghEveryday is a new opportunity to support our students by offering a chance to build their skills, confidence and engage in academic success. Everyday is an opportunity to be better than the day before. We are proud of our students every day for coming to school and embarking on the work that needs to be done to reach their goals. We believe that every student possesses unique strengths and talents, and it is our work to bring out the best in each and every individual. We provide a culture where students can safely explore and try new activities and access the education they deserve.

-Shannon VanderSwaagh,
Director of Therapeutic Programs

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Students make progress when they feel SAFE, VALUED, CONNECTED to adults, ENGAGED in activities and adequately CHALLENGED.

Working Together for

  • We provide short-term stabilization and diagnostic assessments for students grades 5-12
  • We provide data-driven assessments, interventions, and recommendations designed for academic, clinical, and social-emotional success
  • Students in the SOAR program participate in evidence-based clinical practices such as CBT, DBT, and Social Thinking
  • Our behavior practices are rooted in ABA, PBIS, and UDL academic design
  • Academic, behavioral, and clinical support as students transition into a longer-term program.
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