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Transition Classrooms

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A specialized treatment and education service delivered on district grounds by mental health experts from Laurel Life

Program Description

Located on district grounds, Transition Classrooms are specialized, integrated educational and counseling services designed to treat behavioral and emotional issues affecting academic progress. The structure and interventions in Transition Classrooms are rooted in principles of trauma-informed care and brain science. 


Program goals are to stop inappropriate behavior, assist students to learn different coping strategies, and show new positive behaviors. Specialized interventions utilize an evidence-based treatment framework to build resiliency and help students overcome trauma so they may return to the regular classroom setting. ­ 

Rationale for Transition Classrooms

Developed as a proactive, cost-effective replacement for off-site programs, Transition Classrooms accommodate specific social, emotional, and academic needs of individual students. On-site Transition Classrooms provide effective interventions with more students, in less restrictive settings, and at a lower cost per student. A strong focus on parental engagement and proactive interventions, coupled with brain science, results in positive educational experiences for students with behavioral and academic challenges.

Evidence Based Treatment Model

Laurel Life Transition Classrooms utilize the Attachment, Regulation, and Competency Treatment Framework. ARC is a framework for intervention with students and families who have experienced multiple and/or prolonged traumatic stress. 


ARC identifies three core domains that are frequently impacted among traumatized youth, and which are relevant to future resiliency. ARC provides a flexible, theoretical framework for child- and family-serving systems, core principles of intervention, and a guiding structure that is applied to the education setting.

Potential for Savings

Transition Classrooms are designed to replace costly, off-site placements which are priced at a per-student rate and can be costly. Transition Classrooms are priced per classroom and designed to move students in and out easily, allowing more students to be served at a fixed cost. Expenses stemming from transporting students to off-site locations may also be reduced since the Transition Classrooms are located within a district building.


In addition to the students served in Transition Classrooms, other district students are also able to receive supports of mental health counseling, behavioral observation and consultation, and check-in/check-out sessions for no extra cost.


District staff benefit from professional development for district leadership and onsite consultations with expert partners. We want to be a resource for your team, offering proven, innovative tools to address trauma and keep your students on track.


  • Serve regular and special education students K-12 

  • Facilitate students returning from out-of-district placements

  • Deliver evidence-based treatment using the Attachment, Regulation, and Competency Treatment Framework



2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR

Laurel Life has partnered with 11 school districts to operate 30 Transition Classrooms, including 13 serving elementary students, 7 serving middle school students, and 10 serving high school students.

To request a free consultation or to schedule a tour at a Laurel Life partner district, contact us online or call (717) 375-4834.


Transition Classroom Outcomes

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"Laurel Life has been awesome to work with and absolutely flexible in meeting the needs of both the district and our students. The Laurel Life Transition program not only changes students' lives, it saves their lives.”

~ Dr. Paul Ruhlman Bedford Area School District Assistant Superintendent, Bedford, Pa.


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Adams County


Conewago Valley School District

New Oxford Middle School

130 Berlin Road

New Oxford, PA 17350


New Oxford High School

130 Berlin Road

New Oxford, PA 17350

Bedford County

Bedford School District
Bedford Middle School
440 East Watson Street

Bedford, PA 15522


Bedford High School
330 East John Street
Bedford, PA 15522

Berks County

Antietam School District

Antietam Middle/Senior High School

100 Antietam Road

Reading, PA 19606

Governor Mifflin School District

Governor Mifflin High School

101 Spitj Waverly Drive

Shillington, PA  19607

Mifflin Park Elementary
598 Governor Drive
Shillington, PA 19607

Oley Valley School District
Oley Valley Elementary School
3273 Friedensburg Road
Oley, PA 19547

Oley Valley Middle School
3247 Friedensburg Road
Oley, PA 19547

Dauphin County

Susquehanna Township School District

Thomas W. Holtzman Jr. Elementary

1910 Linglestown Road 
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Franklin County

Waynesboro School District

Waynesboro Area High School

550 East Second Street

Waynesboro, PA 17268


Waynesboro Area Middle School

702 East Second Street

Waynesboro, PA 17268


Fairview Elementary

238 Fairview Avenue

Waynesboro, PA

Mifflin County

Mifflin County School District

Mifflin County Middle School

2 Manor Drive
Lewiston, PA 17044

York County

Central York School District

North Hills Elementary

1330 North Hills Road

York, PA 17406


Stony Brook Elementary

250 Silver Spur Drive

YORK, PA 17402


Central York Middle School

1950 North Hills Road

York, PA 17406


Central York High School

601 Mundis Mill Road

York, PA 17406


Eastern York School District
Kreutz Creek Elementary
50 North Lee Street
Hallam, PA 17406

Eastern York Middle School
746 Cool Creek Road
Wrightsville, PA 17368

Eastern York High School

720 Cool Creek Road

Wrightsville, PA 17368


West York School District
Lincoln Way Elementary 
2625 West Philadelphia Street

York, PA 17404


West York Middle School
1700 Bannister Street
York, PA 17404


West York Area High School

1800 Bannister Street

York, PA 17404

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