Psychiatry School Program

School services are provided in the Psychiatry classroom settings by teachers certified by the Texas Education Association from both Children's and the Dallas Independent School District. The primary focus of the school program is to provide continuous school instruction in order to decrease distraction from treatment due to parental and/or patient anxiety regarding school achievement.

The goals for the program are to assess the patients' functioning academically, cognitively, socially and emotionally within a classroom setting. The school program provides transitional and reintegration services from hospital to home to school for patients within the continuum of psychiatric care. Specialized behavioral programs with a focus on increasing self-management/ coping strategies are implemented within the CMC classrooms and recommendations are communicated to the patient's school.

While admitted in the inpatient Psychiatry School program, patients will enroll into the DISD. All DISD enrollments are completed at the time of admission. Classes are held Monday through Friday during the DISD calendar school year. Hospital teachers provide instruction to non-DISD patients, which is determined by their level of treatment (see below).

Levels of Treatment

  • Inpatient Hospitalization
    • DISD enrollment within inpatient unit
    • Assessment of functioning
    • Four hours of daily school instruction
  • Partial Hospitalization
    • Withdrawal from DISD program and re-enrollment into community school
    • Two hours of daily school instruction
  • Day Treatment
    • Withdrawal from DISD program and re-enrollment into community schoo
    • Gradual transition and reintegration of patient into community school
    • Two hours of daily school instruction (completing community school assignments)