Richard L. Sanders School - Home of the Eagles
Address: 5025 76th Ave. N Pinellas Park, FL 33781
Phone: (727) 547-7728
Fax: (727) 545-6413
Pinellas County Schools Administration: (727) 588-6000
Principal: Heidi D'Ambrosio, Ed.D.
Grade levels: K-12
School Hours: 7:25 AM - 1:25 PM
The primary method of assisting students at The Richard L Sanders School with behavior change is the Positive Behavior Support Program (PBS). “Positive” refers to a change of focus from reactive (pointing out what the student did wrong) to proactive teaching and recognizing what children are doing right. It is an overall shift in the school climate to a learning environment
where students and staff feel appreciated, safe, and respected; it is a collaborative, proactive, and educative approach. Character education is included in the PBS model.
We have a full range of academic and vocational programs for students in grades K through 12. We have a low student to adult ratio; 3 students per 1 adult, allowing students to get more of their individual needs met. Our staff focuses their lesson plans and daily schedule to meet both the academic needs of our students along with their emotional/behavioral needs. The last part of the day is reserved for Social/Emotional Learning which encompasses learning replacement behaviors and responding appropriately to situations.
Points of Pride
- Students use individual data sheets to set goals and track their personal progress
- Academic Student of the Month Recognition
- AdvancEd Accredited
Special Services & Programs
- Restorative Circles to build community
- Check-n-Connect for all students
- Student assemblies for student input and information sharing
- School Wide Level System
- Monthly PBS Activities
- Trauma informed staff with specialized training
- Sensory Support in classrooms
- Positive Behavior Support Level System
- Additional support is provided if needed in the area of occupational, physical, and speech/language therapy services. Our program includes four full-time social workers, three behavior specialists, nursing services, and a psychologist. Our Reintegration VE Specialist works to provide opportunities for our students to return to the general education setting.
- We are a Title l School. Title I funding supports smaller classes, supplemental curriculum, additional staff, parent involvement activities, and technology.
The school was originally built in 1958 as a school for students with exceptional needs. The original name was Parkland School. Over the next two decades it grew to include 5 permanent buildings. In 1981, it was converted to a school for students with emotional/behavioral disorders and was renamed Richard L. Sanders School. In 2002, the old buildings were replaced with a new, state of the art facility.
100% Student Success-Equity with Excellence for All
The mission of Richard L. Sanders is that all students will master the academic, behavioral, and affective skills necessary to grow into successful adults preparing them for college, career, and life.