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School-wide Application Model (SAM) and Full Service Schools (FSS) 

What are SAM and Full Service Schools and how do they support our students?

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The DCPS School-wide Application Model (SAM) and Full Service Schools (FSS) are two approaches schools have taken to promote inclusion. Both FSS and SAM schools were piloted during school year 2008-09 to support DCPS’s efforts to create high quality inclusive schools where all students receive the supports they need to succeed.

The SAM model is a general education support approach that focuses on fully integrating and coordinating resources to improve academic and social outcomes for all students. Students with disabilities benefit from this model by receiving the supports they need to excel in their least restrictive environment. The model provides enhanced staffing and teachers are coached to individualize instruction through flexible groups and peer pairing.

The Full Service Schools (FSS) pilot brings together leading practices from the fields of education and mental health by placing academic coaches and other behavioral and mental health professionals within the school to support the teachers and students on a daily basis. The Full Service team consists of a family care coordinator, a respect center coordinator, a clinician from the Department of Mental Health, mentors, academic coaches and a wraparound service coordinator. These individuals work with school staff to create a network of support by which the needs of all students are met - ensuring that no child falls through the gap.

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