There are seven educational programs operated by District 742 serving students in grades one through 12 that are affiliated with the St. Cloud Children's Home. Two programs serve students placed in the Residential Treatment Program at the SCCH. Three additional programs serve students receiving Day Treatment services. Finally, there is a Day School program and the Youth Learning Center. The Residential Treatment and Day Treatment programs, serving students from many school districts, are programs operated by Catholic Charities for which St. Cloud Area School District 742 provides educational services. The Day School and Youth Learning Center programs are day programs operated by St. Cloud Area School District 742 in collaboration with Catholic Charities, and are for District 742 resident students only.
- Residential Treatment - The Residential Treatment program at the SCCH typically consists of approximately 45-50 students between the ages of 8 and 18. Younger students, in grades 2 through 5, attend school at Talahi Community School, which is an elementary school in St. Cloud serving students in grades K-6. Students attending at Talahi receive education services in the same manner as would any student residing in the Talahi attendance area. Older students in grades 6 through 12 attend school on a full time basis on-site at Riverwoods. Students placed in the Secure Unit of the SCCH are provided educational services in their cottage setting by licensed teachers. Generally, about 50%-60% of residential students at Riverwoods receive special education services in addition to their general education instruction. Special education services provided students are embedded into instruction received by students in their mainstream classroom setting at the SCCH.
- Day Treatment - There are three Day Treatment programs at the SCCH (Senior High for grades 9-12, Middle Level for grades 6-8, and Elementary for grades 1-5) that are provided with academic programming by District 742 staff. Catholic Charities staff provides mental health educationally-related services. The Senior High and Middle Level school programs, serving approximately 8-10 students each, are designed to closely approximate the structure of traditional community junior and senior high schools. Day treatment students in grades 6-12 receive four core academic classes and three hours daily of mental health and skills classes (coping skills, social skills, and anger management skills). The Elementary Program, serving approximately 12-14 students, provides education services in a self-contained special classroom model that focuses upon positive recognition of student strengths, utilizes immediate feedback and positive teaching interactions to build social skills and strengthen competency in academic and interpersonal areas. Elementary students receive approximately 3 hours daily of both academic classes and mental health/social skills classes. Practically all students attending Day Treatment programs have an Individual Education Plan (IEP), although an IEP is not required to enroll in the Day Treatment program. When an individual student is identified as needing Day Treatment services, the referring agency and/or the resident school IEP Team, in conjunction with Catholic Charities Day Treatment program staff, develop an educational and clinical/family service plan. They also identify funding responsibilities to support and implement the service plan.
- Day School - The Day School program at Riverwoods provides an alternative educational placement opportunity for up to six District 742 students in grades 6 through 12. Generally, students enrolled in the Day School program will be transitioning from a Catholic Charities program providing more intensive services. The Day School program often serves as a "stepping stone" for these students on their path to their home school. Almost all students enrolling in the Day School program have an Individual Education Plan (IEP), although an IEP is not required for enrollment. The intent of this program is to provide a full school day experience for students who have been determined to need a smaller school setting and a more structured, small group classroom environment than can be reasonably provided in a local community school setting. Students in the Day School program have access to an educational program that will allow them to continue to acquire credits toward graduation at a rate consistent with their mainstream home school, and are integrated with the other residential and day program students at Riverwoods while attending classes. The smaller class size experienced by the students throughout their day allows for a behavioral focus in the classroom that is individualized for each student's needs. The goal for students in the Day School program is to successfully transition into a less restrictive community school option within 12 to 18 months.
- Youth Learning Center (YLC) - The YLC was developed in 1996 in collaboration with Catholic Charities in St. Cloud. YLC provides an alternative educational program for up to thirty District 742 students in grades 4 through 8 who have been experiencing significant social and behavioral issues in traditional school settings. Roughly fifteen of those students could be in grades 7-8, and fifteen could be in grades 4-6. The number of students in each individual grade level is expected to vary from year to year, as well as within a given year. The YLC program services are anchored in principles of The Circle of Courage and Health Realization. These principles form the framework for a supportive learning environment that is intended to develop each student's sense of belonging to a community, their mastery of skills and self-reliance (independence), and their generosity in giving back to the community that supports them. The development of this sense of belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity serve as pillars for student success. The goal of the program is to prepare students to re-enter their community school and be successful through accessing supports available in that school within a 12 to 18 month period.
- For the "youngers" (students in grades 4-6), skills groups and academic services are provided within a self-contained environment within the YLC cottage on the St. Cloud Children's Home campus. Academic classes are provided in Reading/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Art/Recreation. Approximately 2 hours daily of Social Skills groups are provided, with skills taught being reinforced in the academic classes. For the "olders" (grades 6-8), approximately 2 hours of skills groups are taught daily within the YLC cottage setting. Core academic classes in Language Arts/Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies, and one elective class are provided in the Riverwoods School program that currently serves students in Catholic Charities residential and day treatment programs.
- All students entering the YLC must have an Individual Education Plan (IEP). The decision to place a student in the YLC Program is an IEP team decision. Procedures to follow in securing a placement have been outlined in the FOCUS on Changes in Programs for Students with Challenging Behaviors - March, 2007 that can be found on the District 742 website.