Who we are

Southside School operates two center-based programs for low incidence special needs students and students who are not achieving, primarily due to an inability to control their behavior. Both programs require a full time placement. We serve all of Berrien County with the majority of the students coming from the southern half of the region. Referrals for placement are made to Southside only after the resident district has exhausted all other less restrictive interventions.


At Southside, we examine key issues related to our building and develop policies that will be implemented and monitored to address behavioral expectations for students and staff. We have implemented Guidelines for Success which is 3 - 5 lifelong character traits that students need in order to be successful in school and in life. Our staff has been trained on the positive, proactive classroom management as well as TCI (therapeutic crisis intervention.) This Foundation program is an on-going collection of interpreting data to help revise policies and procedures on learning how to effectively address the basic needs of all students.

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