Teaching and Learning



Academic Areas

Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS)

PBIS is a proactive tool used for teaching students how to meet the school-wide behavioral expectations. FLSS staff agreed upon the acronym “RISE Above”, as the format to present these expectations.The letters in the acronym stand for Respect, Integrity, Safety, Engaged. Students who exhibit positive behaviors are acknowledged through bi-weekly random incentives, RISEing Star awards, quarterly field trips and assemblies.

Behavior Managament System

Finger Lakes Secondary School is designed to provide structure, consistency and feedback while allowing flexibility to address social, emotional and behavioral needs.Establishing clear rules and limits as well as natural and logical consequences are a significant component of the program.

Social Skills Development

Small class size allows more flexibility to meet students’ needs. High staff-to-student ratio supports the opportunity for small group and individualized instruction. A team consisting of a teacher, counselor and/or additional related service providers is assigned for each student.

Finger Lakes Secondary School...

Serves students in grades 6-12 who have significant social, behavioral, and/or emotional difficulties. Students in our program are better able to experience success in a small setting, with a high level of structure and support. Our primary purpose is to provide an academic program while assisting students in developing skills necessary to get along with others and to teach them how to effectively deal with everyday problems. Classes are small, with one teacher and additional staff assigned to each class. Related service/support staff (i.e. school psychologist, counselor, social worker, speech therapist, teacher assistant, nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist) work cooperatively with teachers to provide an integrated educational program based on individual needs.