IU1 Educational Campus at Colonial

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The Intermediate Unit 1 Educational Campus at Colonial provides a highly structured, comprehensive, supportive, safe atmosphere along with special education services not available in the public school setting. The highly qualified staff teaches curricula aligned with the Pennsylvania Academic Standards in English, math, science, social studies, physical education, and health. Collaboration efforts with a variety of agencies enhance the program. Full-time social workers and a part-time psychologist provide behavior and social skills support. Staff also includes paraprofessionals, a school police officer, and two nurses.

Comprehensive Therapeutic Emotional Support

The Comprehensive Therapeutic Emotional Support (CTES) at Colonial is designed for students who are in need of a therapeutic educational setting to address their emotional needs. Two classrooms provide services for students in grades K–3 and 4-6. The students receive a minimum of three hours of group and individual therapy a day, as determined by the IEP, with licensed social workers. Additionally, medication management is provided on site through a psychiatrist, as requested.

A review of a student’s progress is held with the parents, districts, and CTES staff every 20 days, allowing districts greater input and involvement as a better means of preparing students for transitioning back into the district setting.

Learn more about the Comprehensive Therapeutic Emotional Support program

Fayette County Academy

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For More Information

For more information about the IU1 Educational Campus at Colonial, please contact:

Thomas Podpora
Principal, IU1 Educational Campus at Colonial
6353 National Pike Road
Grindstone, PA 15442

Leigh Dennick
Director of IU1 Special Education Services
724-938-3241 ext. 273

Dr. Kristin Szewczyk
Assitant Executive Director/Title IX Coordinator
724-938-3241 ext. 242