Our schools serve Harris County school districts with three programs and feature individualized learning or small group instruction in highly structured classes, our schools prepare students to return to their home schools to be successful and ultimately graduate with their classmates.
Providing Alternative Pathways for Student Success—Ages 5 to 22
Districts contract with us for our highly specialized educational services for their students ages 5-22 with emotional and academic special needs with our Academic and Behavior Schools. Our alternative schools offer at-risk students in grades 6-12 a second chance at success. Highly structured learning environments make our Highpoint Schools effective with adjudicated or expelled youth.
Academic and Behavior Schools (ABS) East and West 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.
Highpoint School East, opened in 1995, gives expelled or adjudicated youth a second chance at success. Featuring individualized learning or small group instruction in highly structured classes, our schools prepare students to return to their home schools to be successful and ultimately graduate with their classmates.
The innovative Fortis Academy is the first public recovery high school for students who live in the Houston area. The school which opened in 2018 combines coaching, counseling and academics. Services are provided in a small learning community, with a low student-to-teacher ratio and individualized learning. Students attending Fortis complete a substance abuse or dependency rehab program. They continue their high school education in a sober environment.
2021-2022 HCDE Special Schools Parent Student Handbook
2021-2022 Academic Calendar
Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) Resources
Student Learning Objectives (SLO) Resources
TEKS (An Online Curriculum Management System) Resource
AB School Admission Protocols 12-2019
Bullying Complaint Form
Bacterial Meningitis Flyer