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Education & Vocational Training

Education and Vocational Training

Benchmark School

Education at Benchmark Behavioral Health is offered through the Benchmark School, our accredited on-campus facility. The Benchmark School is committed to the idea that all students can learn when high standards and clearly defined expectations for student learning are visible and clearly stated. Benchmark’s teachers serve as positive role models who strive to establish and maintain healthy relationships with students based on mutual respect, which heightens student motivation and provides a firm foundation for learning. We have seen our students excel in the classroom due to this program. In fact, on average, Benchmark School’s students’ reading and mathematics scores can increase by 1.5 grade levels in one year.

Special Education

Benchmark School provides a positive learning environment, differentiated instructional strategies and quality instruction that allows students to become lifelong learners. Certified special education teachers work closely with home school districts to develop Individualized Education Plans (IEP) that meet each student’s needs and to provide appropriate special education services as needed. Instruction is differentiated and accommodations are made for our diverse student population. Benchmark School believes in providing positive reinforcement and timely feedback to recognize individual student success, build confidence and encourage appropriate behavior. It’s our hope that these strategies will lead to fostering positive long-term outcomes. Benchmark School aims for classroom settings with a 1:12 teacher/student ratio including two behavior specialists.

Behavior Modification

Benchmark School knows that students must be taught prosocial behaviors and attitudes in order to facilitate a positive learning experience. Through the use of a specific positive behavior support program, as well as consistent collaboration with therapists, medical personal and other direct-care staff, our students can develop positive attitudes about school and improve their interactions with family, staff, peers and other community members.

Accreditation and Credits

Since 1986, Benchmark School has been a secondary, residential school that is fully accredited through AdvancED (formally Northwest Accreditation Commission). The school follows the Utah State Core Curriculum and focuses on the core classes needed for graduation. All credits earned at Benchmark will be transferred to the students’ home school district. Students can earn 3.0 credits per semester. An additional 1.50 credits will be earned during the summer. For those students who are credit deficient, an Individualized Course Study Program is available for credit recovery.

Contact Information

Parents, guardians and other stakeholders receive a school handbook, quarterly report cards, newsletters and monthly updates. For more information about Benchmark School, please contact us at 801-299-5334.

Vocational Program

Residents have the opportunity to experience and learn real life vocational skills such as going through the job application process, completing a job interview, clocking in and out at work, getting a paycheck, and going through employee evaluations. All youth employees are mentored by our on–site job coach, who instructs and encourages them through each stage of the program.

Vocational opportunities/jobs may include:

  • Working as a teacher’s assistant in various classrooms
  • Working in the school store
  • Working in the school library
  • Individual career planning

We Change Lives

Call 801-299-5319 to learn about admissions to Benchmark Behavioral Health. Our referral staff is available to answer your questions and guide you through the admissions process. If you are currently experiencing an emergency, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.