What Is Lane School?
Lane School is a public school program located in Eugene, Oregon at the Lane ESD Westmoreland Campus. We serve both elementary and middle school-aged students in kindergarten through 8th grade who reside in Lane County.
Students are referred to Lane School by resident school districts located in Lane County. All students referred to Lane School are placed in our program based on an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team decision.
Lane School is designed to provide intensive interventions and supports to students with social, emotional, and/or behavioral needs. We utilize a school-wide systems approach to efficiently and effectively support student needs, including Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports systems, Trauma-Informed Care, and Collaborative Problem Solving strategies.
Our mission is to provide high quality academic and social-emotional instruction in order to assist our students with developing the skills needed to be successful in a less restrictive setting in their home districts. We prioritize developing positive relationships and rapport with our students to best connect and understand each student’s individual strengths, interests, and needs.
Academic grouping is based on the individual needs of the student-differentiated instruction based on academic needs, not grade level. Students receive academic instruction in a small classroom group. The learning environment is highly structured and systematic. Each classroom in our middle school program is staffed with a lead teacher and an instructional assistant. Each classroom in our elementary school program is staffed with a lead teacher and two instructional assistants.
Social-Emotional instruction is focused on developing useful problem solving skills and calming tools, as well as making positive choices and appropriately interacting with others. Students are taught research-based brain research to better understand how the human brain responds to stressful situations. At Lane School, we encourage students and staff to use flexible thinking and calm, safe bodies each day to make our school a safe and positive learning environment.
The behavioral component of the program is based on a highly structured level system and systematic response to behavior. Behavior supports are tiered, to support all of the students, as well as individual behavior support plans. Behavior and Autism Consultants are staffed on campus, providing direct support to students and staff for problem solving, crisis response, and program development.
Lane School staff are trained to respond to student behavior escalations without the use of restraint or seclusion. We utilize plans and systems that will increase safe choices at school and encourage students to develop the necessary skills to maintain a safe body at school.
Transitioning Back to Neighborhood School
Students typically attend Lane School for 2-3 years, but this timeline depends on each student’s individual needs. Students transition back to their home district or an alternative placement after successfully completing the program. This transition is supported by the transition team, who partner with the student’s resident school district to develop a support plan that will help the student be successful in their next school setting.