Pioneer Transition and Re-entry Program

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Pioneer Transition and Re-entry Program

We believe that every student can learn and succeed.

The Pioneer Transition and Re-entry Program offers an alternative middle and high school classroom hosted by Pioneer Valley School District, and in partnership with CES. 

The program is designed to support students, families, and teachers through student transitions from any out-of-school placement to the conventional school environment. This program is of short duration: 1-60 days. It is not a special education placement, but can accept students who have been identified with special education needs. 

The program accepts students from any Franklin County school district, and is located in Pioneer Valley Middle/High School.

Is the Transition and Re-entry Program a match for my student?

The program is designed for students:

  • Age 12-18 in grades 7-12, from Franklin County districts
  • With and without special education needs
  • Who may be:
    • returning to school after hospital stays, sickness, home schooling or other extended absence
    • involved in court ordered placements
    • in transition with DCF placements
    • returning to school from an extended required leave

Our Approach - Compassionate, Collaborative, and Student-focused

The program provides coursework as well as a personalized support and coaching plan that: 

  • Aligns with the sending school district's MA Standards Based Curriculum
  • Offers personalized interventions and adaptive remediation for social and academic challenges
  • Moves the student towards the ability to achieve their "return to school" goals, such as
    • increasing independence,
    • negotiating the school environment, 
    • identifying actual and possible barriers to success,
    • changing behavior when the behavior has a detrimental impact,
    • avoiding situations that cause negative responses,
    • learning coping mechanisms
    • problem solve and communicate choices effectively

We support our students in learning with an Intake Coordinator, experienced and seasoned Classroom Teacher, and Instructional Paraprofessional.

Personalized Intake and Communication

Students participate in an individual intake process where initial needs and requirements for school re-entry are identified by the school, the program, and the student and family. Along the way, there is regularly scheduled communication between the program and the sending/receiving school staff as well as the family about the student's instructional and social needs and systems of support available to the students and staff prior to the student's return. 

Students are referred directly to the program at Pioneer Valley School District. Tuition will be paid to the Pioneer Valley School District.

CES programs and services prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation and ensures that all students have equal rights of access and equal enjoyment of the opportunities, advantages, privileges, and courses of study.

For more information, contact: 
Position: 
Director of Special Education
Phone: 
413.586.4900 x5260
Email: 
ssmith@collaborative.org