What is New Story?

New Story is comprised of schools and community-based services located throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio. We help children with the most serious and/or complex educational and behavioral challenges by providing environments and services that encourage growth, learning and goal achievement. New Story gives children and their families the opportunity to create their own new stories of growth and success, and to live fulfilling and meaningful lives.

How did New Story begin?

In 1997, Paul Volosov, Ph.D., founded New Story schools (formerly Milestones Achievement Centers of America – MAC) and New Story services (formerly Milestones Community Healthcare) to help children with serious and/or complex challenges live good lives. Throughout his career as a psychologist and entrepreneur, Paul identified gaps in the system – the need for educational, behavioral and emotional services for children and families facing the most serious and complex issues – those who cannot be supported effectively by other providers.

Over the years, New Story’s highly-skilled educators and therapists have worked with children and their families to provide personalized education and support to help them overcome challenges and achieve success. Each staff member and student has the opportunity to create individual new stories – collectively, creating a much larger “New Story.”

What do New Story schools offer?

New Story schools are private schools, licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, for children ages 5 to 21 years who have serious and complex educational and behavioral challenges. New Story offers educational placements for students with emotional support and autistic support needs who require a higher level of support than what their home school district can provide.

Each student’s team at New Story works closely with the local school district, family members and other professionals in the child’s life to create an individualized program to meet his/her needs. Our highly-skilled educators and therapists monitor the individualized program and make the necessary adjustments needed to ensure optimal growth and success. Our goal is to teach students the necessary social, behavioral and educational skills they need to be successful in life – and to return the students to their home school as quickly as possible.

Other features of New Story schools include:

  • Caring Team Members: Our educators and therapists have extensive experience in helping children manage their behaviors. Behavior management is often a necessary first step before the education process can begin. Our schools feature small classes of no more than twelve students, which is conducive to a personal learning environment and provides students with the necessary supports to achieve success.
  • Family-Like Environment: We make it a priority to ensure students feel as if they belong and are part of the New Story family. We do this by creating a caring, family-like environment where students are free to express themselves in their own way, in the least restrictive environment. We offer traditional school-like activities for students to participate in, such as: school dances; holiday programs; health and physical education; group and individual counseling; parent consultations and training; and, anti-bullying programs.
  • Transitional Services: To prepare students for the eventual step forward to the next chapter in their life after high school, we offer Transitional Services. Students learn practical skills to help integrate into adult life and in some instances into the workforce.

New Story schools are more than places where a child goes for the day to learn – our schools offer a safe, nurturing, family-like environment that provides for the whole child. New Story schools provide each child with the opportunity to create their own “new story.”

Do New Story schools follow a specific curriculum?

New Story educators and professionals work with parents/guardians and school districts to create a personalized learning plan for each student. We do not have a standard curriculum – and this is intentional. We believe that each child is unique and requires a personalized curriculum designed to meet personal needs.

The curriculum used for each student is aligned with the Pennsylvania State Standards. Materials used are proven to advance performance. Also, we are able to adopt a school district’s curriculum for a student to maintain consistency and structure.

Can a child return to his or her home school after spending time at New Story?

Absolutely – that’s our goal!

The planning process for returning every child to his/her home school begins at the time of enrollment and continues throughout a student’s time at New Story. We are committed to working individually with each child until his/her educational and behavioral goals are met, and the child has the skills and motivation needed to return to his/her home school.

How and when are students enrolled in New Story schools?

New Story has strong relationships with local school districts. We work closely with the district to find the best educational and behavioral programs for each student referred to us.

A referral for placement can be made at any time. Students do not have to begin at the start of a calendar period or quarter, but can be enrolled anytime at New Story.

Together, the Individual Education Program (IEP) team determines the educational placement of a student. We work collaboratively with the school district in order to decide if New Story will meet a child’s academic and behavioral needs.

Funding for the student’s educational placement will be arranged through the home school district along with transportation services.  If deemed medically necessary, children attending New Story schools may also receive behavioral health services funded through the Medical Assistance Program and/or private insurance.

How much does it cost to enroll a child at New Story?

Together, the Individual Education Program (IEP) team determines the educational placement of a student. We work collaboratively with the school district in order to decide if New Story will meet a child’s academic and behavioral needs.

Funding for your child’s educational placement will then be arranged through your home school district. If deemed medically necessary, children attending New Story may also receive behavioral health services funded through the Medical Assistance Program and/or private insurance.

New Story works closely with local school districts to determine the best solution for each child.

Is transportation provided by New Story schools?

Transportation to and from New Story schools is provided by the student’s home school district. For more information about transportation, please contact your school districts Special Education Department.

 

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751 Industrial Park Rd. • Throop, PA 18512
Phone: Phone: (570) 285-7709 • Fax: (570) 969-9250