Established in 2003, the Indiana School is located at 334 Philadelphia Street in Indiana, Pennsylvania. Currently, the school is operating 2 Autism Support classrooms and 3 Emotional Support classrooms and maintains a low student to staff ratio for optimal programming. All teachers are certified in special education by the Pennsylvania Department of Education; several staff have master’s level degrees. New Story in Indiana is licensed for students 5-21 with Emotional Disorders, Autism, Intellectual Disabilities and Learning Disabilities. Licensed counselors are on staff to respond to mental health needs.
The Indiana School serves between 12-18 surrounding school districts. Over 24 students have been successfully transitioned back to their home district since 2003 or graduated from the program.
Intensive teaching (IT), using the Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) has improved student verbal language skills by 24% at the Indiana School. Concurrently, the Transition program has been successful setting students up for competitive employment. The Indiana school builds on the strength of the student and focuses on skills that are necessary for a productive and meaningful future.