The Farmington Valley Diagnostic Center (FVDC) provides an interim educational setting for students who are experiencing significant difficulties in their own school or transitioning from one educational setting to another. Students are provided with a fresh start in a new setting and the opportunity to better understand their own strengths while developing skills that will enable them to be more successful within their schools, families and communities.
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Since 1998, the Center has worked closely with families, schools and community providers to develop a comprehensive plan to address the educational, social/emotional and transitional needs of each student. Special attention is given to the exploration of "next steps" which may include a return to the home school district, magnet, charter or vocational school and the development of post-secondary plans. Students have the opportunity to visit nearby colleges and to explore vocational options. Volunteer activities, internships and work study options are encouraged.
For students who are experiencing significant difficulties in their own schools or in transitioning from one educational setting to another, every day can be frustrating.
Consider the diagnostic services of the Farmington Valley Diagnostic Center for students who are:
The Center provides a short-term placement that gives students a positive break and the opportunity to better understand their own special strengths, while developing the skills necessary to function successfully in their schools, families and communities.
The assessment period runs between 8 and 12 weeks and involves family members and school officials throughout the process, including the important transition back to the home school. The student's day at the Center consists of academic classes in the morning to keep pace with his or her school curriculum, followed by counseling groups and physical exercise in the afternoon.
In some cases, the standard 8 to 12-week diagnostic placement at the Farmington Valley Diagnostic Center is not enough to prepare a student for transition back to school. For those students, an extended transition program is available. Transition back to school districts remains the goal of the program, but services continue until the team believes the student can successfully manage that transition.
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