Camelot Opens Newest KAPS Program in Pensacola
Camelot Education’s latest program serving elementary school students, Camelot KAPS (K-5 Alternative Pupil Services) of Escambia, is already showing its value.
The program launched in March 2017 and now has 17 students.
“Even in the short time the program has been up and running, we have seen behaviors change,” said Camelot of Escambia Executive Director Andrew Maxwell. “We set the behavioral norms for them when they came in and they quickly took to them. That has led to learning.”
The Escambia County School District asked Camelot to start up a program for elementary school students who were having difficulty fitting into their regular classroom.
Already operating KAPS programs in Philadelphia and Camden, Camelot was able to leverage its experience and model to hit the ground running.
“We provide an alternative setting for these students. Here, they are in a smaller setting, with a little more structured environment. They get more one-on-one contact and smaller learning stations in the classroom. You have about 4-5 kids per teacher during the learning times,” Mr. Maxwell said.
The students typically come to the program with a lack of social skills and difficulty in dealing with their emotions, primarily anger. The Escambia program uses art to allow students to express themselves, which the staff says they love to do.
“Having three staff with 17 kids, everything’s pretty stable. Things have gone so well we hope to expand the program to 32 students in the new school year and go from there,” Maxwell said.
Five of the current students are in 5th grade. They will participate in a graduation ceremony on May 18, before advancing to middle school.
Read more about Camelot Education at www.cameloteducation.org.