Academic and Behavior Schools (ABS)
Academic and Behavior Schools (ABS) of Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) provide an educational environment for those students identified as having severe behavioral difficulties, emotional difficulties, and/or developmental disabilities. The classes are specifically designed to assist special education students to function successfully. Staff members at the Academic and Behavior Schools use data driven behavior management techniques emphasizing positive reinforcement. The philosophy of the ABS program revolves around the premise that significant learning and behavioral changes may be achieved with the following:
• Appropriate educational tasks;
• Reinforcement that is meaningful to the student; and
• Student knowledge of socially acceptable, responsible behaviors.