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.
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.
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. At the Farmington Valley Diagnostic Center, we provide a compassionate and individualized approach so that students can gain positive momentum and start feeling successful in school once more.
Consider a diagnostic placement at 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.
A diagnostic placement is inherently short term (40 school days) and involves family members and school officials throughout the process; team meetings are generally held every two weeks throughout the placement. The primary focus of students’ diagnostic placement at FVDC is to determine next steps or prepare for the important transition back to a student’s home school.
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 their transition back to school. For those students, an extended transition plan is developed. True to our mission of providing compassionate and individualized programming, each student’s transition plan is uniquely suited to their strengths, needs and personalized, long-term goals. Transition back to school districts remains the goal of the program, but services continue until the team believes students can successfully manage that transition.
Teachers are always there for me when I am having a rough day. I have learned to support myself by using strategies such as deep-breathing, counting back to myself, taking moments to myself, ignoring and avoiding distractions.
— An FVDC Student
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