“Prepare the child for the road, not the road for the child.” – Curt Seaburg
The goal of the Avon Grove Department of Pupil Services is to prepare our students for the road ahead. As opposed to knocking down every obstacle our kids face, we strive to prepare our students with the tools, compensation strategies, social, emotional, behavioral and academic aptitude to ensure success on the road of life. Our mission statement calls for all students to be exceptionally well prepared to succeed and lead full and meaningful lives. It is not uncommon for students to require additional supportive services on the road to success.
The Avon Grove Pupil Services Department is dedicated to supporting all of our learners in their personal area of need through our diverse assembly of specialized staff members. School Nurses, Psychologist, School Counselors, Case-managers, Teachers, Social Workers and Administrators all work collaboratively to support our students in achieving success.
The following are divisions of the Department:
- Special Education
- School Counseling
- School Health/Nursing
- Gifted Education
- School Social Work/Truancy
- Homeless Education/Support
- Home Education
- Parent Speaker Series
- School Safety & Security
Special Education: Guided by PA Chapter 14, students who have qualified for special education, through an Evaluation Report, are supported via specially designed instruction, accommodations and goals which help students develop the needed skills to achieve success. Administrative oversight: Cale Hilbolt, Supervisor of Special Education.
- School Psychologists: Our five School Psychologists are PA certified professionals who complete evaluations to qualify students for gifted, Special Education or 504 plans. Our School Psychologists also consult with building administration and school based teams in programming for challenging students.
- Related Services: Related Services are those services which are related to a disability or need. The most prevalent related services are Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy but can include a variety of other services.
- Parent Engagement Nights: Avon Grove School District and the Department of Pupil Services recognizes and values our partnership with our stakeholders, especially the families of our students. In an effort to work together as a team we will be hosting a monthly Special Education Parent Engagement night.
School Counseling: AGSD has fourteen School Counselors assigned to our District buildings. The needs of students and consequently the roles of our Counselors are different at each developmental level. As a practice we attempt to keep our students assigned to the same Counselor for the duration of their time at a specific school.
- Section 504: Guided by PA Chapter 15, one of the main responsibilities of our School Counselors is case-managing our Section 504 Plans. 504 Plans provide supports to students with qualifying medical conditions and school based needs.
School Health: Our School Health division includes our seven School Nurses but also includes our Dental Hygienist and health room aides. AGSD School Nurses are assigned to specific buildings and manage all forms of health related concerns including PA immunization compliance.
Gifted Education: Guided by PA Chapter 16, students who have qualified for gifted education through a Gifted Written Report, are given extension and acceleration activities as outlined in their Gifted Individual Education Plan. Gifted Services are available for qualified students from Kindergarten through 12th grade.
School Social Work/ Truancy: The position of School Social Worker is a varied and diverse role at AGSD. Our School Social Worker is part of the team that ensures the safety and well being of our student population. As a part of this role our School Social Worker also oversees our truancy prevention efforts. Additionally, this position assists in working with some of our struggling student population through group sessions and individual sessions.
Safety & Security: The safety of AGSD students, staff and volunteers is of utmost importance. The District has worked extensively with teachers, administration and the PA State Police to develop high quality safety and security plans, procedures and training. At this section of the AGSD website you will find information about some of the safeguards in AGSD.
Pupil Services Administration
375 S. Jennersville Road,
West Grove, PA 19390
Director of Pupil Services
Dr. Jeremy W. Curtis
Supervisor of Special Education
Fred S. Engle Middle School Nurses
School Social Worker/ Truancy
PLE- Laura Garvin
AGIS- Helen Lienhauser
AGHS- Shannon Dennis