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 Emotionally Disturbed

Emotionally Disturbed


Program Philosophy

​The Placer County Office of Education is committed to promoting the emotional, social and academic growth of students with emotional challenges. It is our aim to cultivate a child’s potential within a therapeutic setting to facilitate his/her return to a less restrictive environment. The process is accomplished by implementing Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) and providing integrated mental health and educational services for students and families. The Nurtured Heart Approach, which emphasizes the greatness inherent to each child, is effectively practiced throughout the instructional day.


​Program Description

The Placer County Office of Education ESTEEM (Encouraging Socialization Through Energizing and Empathy for Mutual Success) program is designed for special education students whose emotional/behavioral problems have adversely affected their academic development and require an intensive and comprehensive placement.  Along with individual Behavioral Support Plans, the program is based on school-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports and Social Skills Groups along with the Nurtured Heart Philosophy. Students must be referred by their district of residence. For additional assistance, contact the Placer County SELPA at (530) 886-5873.

The ESTEEM Program consists of social/emotional support integrated throughout the school day and school setting. Intensive academic and behavioral support will be provided through specialized academic instruction and case management (service coordination, plan development and progress toward goals) provided by school staff.  Social skills groups will be provided and crisis management will be offered when needed throughout the school day. Home/school communication and parent support are essential components of the program.  Individual therapy and behavior services will be provided per IEP. A social worker and a behavior specialist will be on site and available to work with staff and students.

Academic achievement is a vital part of the program. The academic program follows the state standards and frameworks and utilizes current state-and-board adopted textbooks. Instruction is individualized to meet IEP goals and objectives. The transition back to the district is an integral part of our program and is addressed on an individual basis.

​Support Services

The Treatment Team includes:
  • Administrators
  • Special Education Teachers
  • School Psychologist
  • School Social Worker
  • Behavior Support Specialists
  • Educational Paraprofessionals
  • Speech and Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Nurses



Students are taught in district general education settings, charter school programs, district special education programs, county special education programs, Home Hospital Instruction (HHI), or in the PCOE Regional DHH program.​​​​​


PCOE has a department focused on providing a wide variety of assistive technology devices to help children excel on an academic and personal level. From adaptive desks to special computer software, we have the tools your child deserves.​


PCOE offers amazing support and services for infants with disabilities. Our team works with the family to establish the proper development of their child. Our relationship-based approach guides children and parents through normal everyday activities, and ensures they're ready for the next phase of development.​​

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