Grand Island Public Schools
123 South Webb Road
Grand Island, NE 68802
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Their Opportunity.

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Skills Academy


Mission Statement

Fostering academic excellence, social skills and the well-being of students.

For Whom is the Skills Academy appropriate?

Students who have progressed through the Response to Intervention/Problem Solving process and have continued to show the need for increased intervention and instruction.

Students who find it challenging to cope with output demands of school, struggle with interpersonal relationships and emotional regulation.

What is Skills Academy?

A temporary placement to achieve outcomes that:

  • increase students' social and social/emotional skills in a smaller, more structured environment, with an expectation the student will proceed to larger less structured environments when goals are met.
  • increase productivity and educational achievement to expectations in less restrictive environments.
  • result in all students demonstrating class expectations for:  responsible, respectful, safe, cooperative and productive behaviors.
  • a structured and supported model with opportunities for inclusion, in less restrictive classrooms, when students progress monitoring data demonstrates readiness.
  • ongoing, data analysis with home/school communication on a daily/weeky basis.

Program Highlights

  • Goal of successful transition to general education and neighborhood school.
  • Small student to staff ratio (5 to 1).
  • Emphasizes elements that promote increased academic engagement, social skills and social emotional well-being.
  • Transportation options upon eligibility.
  • Coordinated network of support systems including community agencies as appropriate.
  • Alternate School Schedule:
  • Elementary 8:30-2:30 (Wednesday 1:30)
  • Middle School/High School 8:30-2:30

Contact Information

Anjeanette Jacobsen, Skills Academy Coordinator, 385-5888

Rita Schleicher, secretary

Skills Office
Westridge Middle School
4111 West 13th Street
Grand Island Ne 68803
308-385-5888

Dodge Elementary School
641 South Oak Street
Grand Island Ne 68801

Westridge Middle School
4111 West 13th Street
Grand Island Ne 68803

Success Academy
1912 North Lafayette Avenue
Grand Island Ne 68803

Media Inquiries
Jack Sheard, Marketing & Communications
308-385-5900 Ext. 1127
Grand Island Public Schools
123 South Webb Road
Grand Island, NE 68802
Your Legacy.
Their Opportunity.

Enhancing opportunities by seeking and securing resources for projects, scholarships and programs.

Access digital copies of our district flyers.

Improving school-to-home communication by distribute school flyers directly to families digitally.

Skills Academy


Mission Statement

Fostering academic excellence, social skills and the well-being of students.

For Whom is the Skills Academy appropriate?

Students who have progressed through the Response to Intervention/Problem Solving process and have continued to show the need for increased intervention and instruction.

Students who find it challenging to cope with output demands of school, struggle with interpersonal relationships and emotional regulation.

What is Skills Academy?

A temporary placement to achieve outcomes that:

  • increase students' social and social/emotional skills in a smaller, more structured environment, with an expectation the student will proceed to larger less structured environments when goals are met.
  • increase productivity and educational achievement to expectations in less restrictive environments.
  • result in all students demonstrating class expectations for:  responsible, respectful, safe, cooperative and productive behaviors.
  • a structured and supported model with opportunities for inclusion, in less restrictive classrooms, when students progress monitoring data demonstrates readiness.
  • ongoing, data analysis with home/school communication on a daily/weeky basis.

Program Highlights

  • Goal of successful transition to general education and neighborhood school.
  • Small student to staff ratio (5 to 1).
  • Emphasizes elements that promote increased academic engagement, social skills and social emotional well-being.
  • Transportation options upon eligibility.
  • Coordinated network of support systems including community agencies as appropriate.
  • Alternate School Schedule:
  • Elementary 8:30-2:30 (Wednesday 1:30)
  • Middle School/High School 8:30-2:30

Contact Information

Anjeanette Jacobsen, Skills Academy Coordinator, 385-5888

Rita Schleicher, secretary

Skills Office
Westridge Middle School
4111 West 13th Street
Grand Island Ne 68803
308-385-5888

Dodge Elementary School
641 South Oak Street
Grand Island Ne 68801

Westridge Middle School
4111 West 13th Street
Grand Island Ne 68803

Success Academy
1912 North Lafayette Avenue
Grand Island Ne 68803

Media Inquiries
Jack Sheard, Marketing & Communications
308-385-5900 Ext. 1127
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