SELF Program

Sanctuary® Education for Learning Fundamentals

The SELF (Sanctuary® Education for Learning Fundamentals) Program is collaboration between Sarah A. Reed Children’s Center and Erie’s Public Schools. The SELF Program is a behaviorally based program for students in grades 3-8 who have been removed from their home school, usually for chronic disruptive behaviors or a “zero tolerance” violation. Students can be in the program for anywhere from 15 days up to a year (for expelled students). The main goal of the program is to focus on behavioral issues that impede academics and help the students learn to adapt with difficult or stressful situations in a positive way rather than by displaying acting out behaviors. Utilizing the Sanctuary Model® developed by Dr. Sandra Bloom, the program is based on the 7 Commitments of Sanctuary® and the S.E.L.F. Model. Each classroom is staffed by an Erie’s Public Schools' teacher and two Sarah Reed staff members. A mental health professional works with the students providing group and family therapy, and can also offer on-site outpatient services for interested students and families. Rather than a punitive placement, SELF is viewed as a therapeutic opportunity to help students develop positive coping mechanisms and good problem solving skills to enable them to be successful in their home, school, and community.

The SELF Program is located at the Erie Intervention Center at 1020 East 10th Street in Erie, PA.

Program hours are: Monday through Friday 9:00 am until 3:30 pm. The program runs during the school year.

For more information about the SELF Program please contact:

Lori Eaton
Director of Erie City Alternative Education Programs

1020 East 10th Street
Erie, PA 16503