FAQ

Is the FUTURES Program an alternative school?
The FUTURES Program is NOT an alternative school.  The students who attend the FUTURES Program are not just students who have gotten into legal trouble within and outside the school setting.  The FUTURES Program is a therapeutic program and is a continuum of special education.

Is the FUTURES Program a private residential school?
The FUTURES Program is not a private residential school.  The FUTURES Program receives funding from the State of Georgia as other public school systems.  The students who attend the FUTURES Program are simply public school students who are served full or part day in a therapeutic setting with specially trained staff.  This program is another level of service offered through the students school system.


Is the FUTURES Program a private school? 
The FUTURES Program Program is not a private school. It is a Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Supports (GNETS) program serving students with severe behaviors. Students are referred to the program from one of the 14 counties served.  Students who require more intensive behavioral instruction for successful outcomes are referred to the program.  Placement in the FUTURES program is determined by an IEP team.


What kind of certification do teachers at the FUTURES Program have?
The teachers at the FUTURES Program are certified by the State of Georgia and are specially trained to work with students with behavioral needs.

Where is the FUTURES Program located? 
The FUTURES Program is located in various settings.  The main campuses are in Carnesville, GA and Gainesville, GA.  There are classes located in schools within White and Union county that are staffed and supervised by the FUTURES Program. 

 What type of students does the FUTURES Program serve?  
The FUTURES Program serves students who have a Special Education eligibility and have severe emotional/behavior difficulties.

What interventions are implemented? 
The FUTURES Program implements therapeutic interventions which are cognitive and behavioral in nature. Students are taught to replace their maladaptive behaviors with pro-social behaviors. They are also taught skills that will generalize in multiple settings. Progress (FOCUS and/or IEP) meetings are scheduled frequently to readjust based upon the needs of the student.


What are the procedures to return a student to his/her home school? 
Students will have specific exit criteria within their IEP that will outline the specific criteria for returning to the home school.  It will include behavioral expectations that are unique to the individual student and related to the referring behaviors.  Once the student has met his or her exit criteria, a plan for re-integration into the student's home school is developed with the IEP team.  The FUTURES Program staff continues to monitor the student's performance and provide support if needed for approximately one year.


Does the FUTURES Program offer counseling for students and parents?  
Students and parents have access to the support of school counselors, psychologists, social work techs and other professionals.  This may be in the form of connecting the parent to outside agencies, providing crisis management, providing group and individual therapeutic support for students during the school day that promote improved school behavior, and suggesting parenting guidelines to support what the student is learning in school about behavior.  The FUTURES Program does not replace counseling that many families provide for their child outside of the school setting. 

What is the time frame for a student to remain in the FUTURES Program program? 
The decision for students to return to his/her home school is based upon the IEP Team recommendation, behavioral data, and not a specific time frame.  This means that once the student meets the exit criteria as outlined in the child’s IEP, then an IEP meeting is held to discuss the student exiting the FUTURES program.

Is your instructional focus ONLY behavioral? 
Behavior AND academics are the focus at the FUTURES Program.  The teachers are charged with instructing students academically based upon Georgia educational standards.  Behavioral teaching is a focus of instruction. The FUTURES Program staff is trained to teach replacement skills to students to improve their pro-social behavioral repertoire. 

 What are the steps for enrolling my child from another state into your program? 
If your child attended a program that is reflective of the FUTURES program, then your child may be able to enroll at FUTURES.  The first step is to go to your child’s home school and speak to the special education representative.  They will review your child’s IEP services and possibly contact the school to obtain more information about the school/program.  If the home school determines that your child’s former school was a therapeutic program similar to the FUTURES Program, then they will contact a FUTURES Program representative.  An IEP meeting will be scheduled, and an IEP team will determine placement.

What is the exit criteria for leaving the FUTURES Program based upon?  
The exit criteria is based on the student's specific behavioral needs and is developed with the IEP Team.