Outpatient FAQ

What kinds of clients are enrolled in your outpatient programs?

The outpatient programs serve children in grades K-12 whose psychiatric, emotional and behavioral needs have prevented them from functioning in their mainstream classrooms.

How do I enroll my child in an outpatient program?

Students in the outpatient programs are referred by the Tuscaloosa City school system. Referrals are reviewed and approved by the treatment team. Students must meet the criteria for admission and eligibility for special education services. Contact your child’s Special Education teacher to explore whether services at Brewer Porch would be appropriate for your child.

What does my child need to bring?

No special supplies are needed.

Is there a dress code?

The outpatient programs follow the dress code mandated by the Tuscaloosa City Schools.

What about transportation?

Transportation is provided by the Tuscaloosa City school system.

Is there a cost for breakfast or lunch?

Students may purchase breakfast and lunch daily. BPCC participates in the federal school lunch program. Students may qualify for free or reduced-cost meals based on family income. Children who do not qualify for a free lunch may pay for their lunch at a reduced cost or at the actual cost. An application will be provided as a part of the admission process.

What curriculum is used at Brewer Porch?

The students utilize the essential core academic curriculum that is used in their home school setting with modification that would be provided in the IEP.

Will my child have an opportunity to participate in field trips?

Students have an opportunity to participate in community experiences. Participation is based on student behavior and parental permission.

When will my child be able to transition back to their home school?

Children transition to their home schools when the treatment team, and the IEP team, including the parent/guardian, determine that sufficient progress has been made to function successfully in the traditional school setting. There is no set “limit” to the length of stay; instead, it is determined by the child’s response to treatment and individual needs. Our goal is to return children to their home schools as soon as possible, usually between 2-3 academic semesters.

Are the teachers certified?

Yes. Teachers are certified by the Alabama State Department of Education.

Will my child be able to receive credits for their secondary core academic subjects?

Students in grades K–8 will be promoted or retained based on curriculum mastery.

Students in grades 9–12 have access to a TCS distance learning program that will enable them to receive core academic credits toward the graduation requirements, with academic supervision by a certified teacher.