• MDS3 Climate Survey
    The Maryland Safe and Supportive Schools Survey (MDS 3) asks students, staff, and parents about their perceptions of their school. The survey asks about the school environment, student engagement, and school safety.

    Research projects with JHU
    AACPS has partnered with a variety of Johns Hopkins University’s research projects over the past fifteen years to learn more about student behaviors, classroom management, and culturally responsive schools. The results of many of these research projects have influenced local, state, and national policy, as well as helped schools across the country expand their knowledge about student behaviors and school climate.

    Decision Making Rooms
    (DMR) help students in grades 6-12 make better behavior decisions. Students are sent to DMR once they receive an office discipline referral for violation of the student code of conduct. Staff help students learn to replace negative behaviors that often end in discipline sanctions, with more appropriate behaviors. Students are provided their class work for the period that they are missing and receive assistance, if needed. They remain in DMR only for one class period only and resume their regular schedules.       

    In School Intervention
    (ISI) is similar to DMR with the exception that students may remain in the room for longer periods of time. Class work is provided. Like DMR, placement in ISI often helps students learn to make better choices in order to avoid missing school due to a discipline suspension.

    Expanded School Based Mental Health
    Expanded school-based mental health (ESBMH) refers to the partnership between school systems and community agencies to provide a full continuum of school-based mental health services and supports in order to promote student mental health and well-being. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 13-20% of youth under the age of 18 have a diagnosable mental illness; however, only about 50% of children with mental illness between the ages of 8-15 received treatment in the past year. Of those who do receive care, approximately 70-80% do so in schools. ESBMH programs seek to reduce the gap in treatment by providing high quality mental health services to students within the school setting

    Alternative One Program
    The mission of the Alternative One Intervention is to provide interventions for students returning to comprehensive academic settings, or who are in danger of being placed in an alternative environment. The goals of the program are to improve student performance, attendance and behavior, remediate academic deficiencies, reduce the number of administrative referrals and suspensions, and facilitate student success in the regular school setting.

    CRICT: Community Resource Initiative Care Team
    The mission of CRICT is to provide individualized information and support to connect students and their families to appropriate resources in the community and to identify gaps in existing services for children and families and work collaboratively with partnering agencies to close gaps and build capacity.

    Pathways Anne Arundel Medical Center
    Provides a multi-disciplinary drug rehabilitation and alcohol treatment team approach to coordinate a variety of drug rehabilitation and alcohol treatment programs, as well as mental health evaluations and treatment programs. The program also provides family programs and support. When admitted to this program, educational services are provided until discharged.