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School Trustees Tour Southwest Behavioral School
School Trustees Tour Southwest Behavioral School


The Board of School Trustees got a look inside one of the Clark County School District's behavioral schools.

Southwest Behavioral School at Flamingo Avenue and Torrey Pines Drive is a school for kids who have had behavior problems. The emphasis is on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, otherwise known as STEM.

The program is led by award-winning teacher Barry Coffin, who was assigned to the school in August. With grants from different organizations, including the Junior League and the Springs Preserves, Coffin has been able to build the science classes.

During Friday's class, students dissected pacific squids. A hands-on approach is vital to reaching kids who may have struggled in regular classes, administrators said.

"Although, we would like to focus in on academics. We cannot reach them unless we teach to their strength and they are very project based," principal Caryl Suzuki said.

The classroom serves about 700 students each year. The school offers smaller classes and more counseling services. Plus, it is equipped to deal with difficult behavioral and even substance abuse problems.

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