Student Assistance Program

South Middleton School District START - Support Team for At Risk Teens

The Student Assistance Program is a statewide initiative designed to help school personnel identify students who may be experiencing serious school-related problems. Through a systematic process, students are identified, interviewed and, if appropriate, referred to an outside agency.

Student Assistance Programs have been implemented in all 501 school districts in Pennsylvania. At the heart of the program is the Student Assistance Core Team, comprised of school and agency personnel specially trained to work with at-risk students.

There are teams operating in each school in the district. All team members have received extensive training provided by the Department of Education. The training focused on the special problems faced by at-risk students and intervention strategies for helping them.