T.C. Harris School is dedicated to advocating for and providing services to students who are diagnosed with a wide range of intellectual/developmental disabilities and emotional disturbances, helping them find greater independence, gain emotional and behavioral control, and achieve positive outcomes. It is our philosophy to respond to the needs of each student on an individual basis and provide appropriate therapeutic care and educational opportunities.
T. C. Harris School is proudly named after the accomplishments of two of our students, Thomas Harris and Crystal Harris. Though unrelated, these two students represented the true meaning of overcoming difficulties each day. Recognizing that all students can make progress, none of us ever gave up – including Thomas and Crystal. Thomas and Crystal were able to make significant gains behaviorally, functionally, and emotionally. Thomas and Crystal eventually graduated for our care and went on to live in the community together as friends.
T.C. Harris School offers full and partial day school programming for area students as well as community based living in group homes and residential living for students who require services 24 hours a day. Our school operates year round and is entirely dedicated to students with special education needs of all levels - our students may be on diploma track, working toward a certificate of completion, functioning near to grade level, or be working on the most basic pre-academic skills.
All of our students have behavioral challenges that hinder them from succeeding in the community. Behaviors can range from verbal outbursts to physical aggression or self-injurious behaviors. Our goal is to guide each student’s development of the social, emotional, behavioral, academic, and functional skills necessary to enable them to make better choices and, in turn, help them successfully return to their home, school, and community.