I would like to welcome everyone to the John S. Charlton Program website. The Charlton Program has been in existence since October, 1956. Currently, we serve students throughout Kent County, Delaware, ages two to twenty-one, challenged by autism and moderate to severe and profound cognitive and physical disabilities. Our students are located at the onsite Charlton building and at seven schools in Caesar Rodney School District: Frear, Stokes, Star Hill, and Welch Elementary Schools, Fifer and Dover Air Force Base Middle Schools, and Caesar Rodney High School.
We also have our college age students attending the Wesley College Transition Partnership Project. These Projects offer our off site college age students the opportunity to prepare for their adult lives by honing their employment and life skills.
Our students have access to the same curriculum, with modifications, as the students throughout Caesar Rodney School District. Additionally, our students participate in learning communities focused on functional academics, life skills, and vocational training. We have a dedicated and well-trained teaching staff, four school psychologists, three nurses, four speech/language, two occupational and physical therapists, paraprofessionals, four custodians, and nine child nutrition teams serving our students.
The Charlton Program employs a Positive Behavior Support model to help students learn appropriate behaviors. All of our staff is trained to use de-escalation and safety techniques via Staff Effectiveness and Safety Training following the Devereux Model. We have a Crisis Management Team to assist students in crisis situations. Additionally, our staff receives training using the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) as one of our tools to assist our students with communication.
Please enjoy your journey when entering the John S. Charlton Program website. We hope to see you at one of our many events. Have a wonderful year!!