Growing Up and Moving On
Esther B. Clark School Transition
In May, families, friends and staff of Esther B. Clark (EBC) School gathered to celebrate students graduating and moving on to new schools.
Students come to EBC most often from public school districts where they have not been able to thrive because of severe social and emotional challenges. Some students refuse to go to school at all, while others are unable to manage their behavior in the classroom or on the playground. Many of these students suffer from anxiety, depression or other emotional challenges that may have blocked their capacity to learn and make friends in school.
Head of School Chris Harris delivering inspiring words at the Esther B. Clark School Achievement Ceremony
EBC helps students learn self-management and social awareness skills that allow them to feel confident about their ability to handle themselves appropriately in challenging academic and social settings. EBC’s therapeutic day school enables students to re-engage in learning and develop the positive behaviors necessary to transition back to a more traditional school environment. This year, with the opening of the second EBC campus in San Jose, EBC was able to serve over 100 students from over 59 school districts across the Bay Area—and a new group of students successfully transitioned this spring.
One student shared his powerful story during graduation:
Congratulations to all of the EBC students who have worked so hard to manage their emotions in a positive way and become more self aware. Thank you to the teachers and staff who have helped them along the way.