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The Student Assistance Team (SAT)

The Student Assistance Team (SAT)


What is a Student Assistance Team (SAT)?

The SAT is a school team, which includes the parent and, when appropriate, the student, in a positive, problem solving, intervention process. It assists students by ensuring that the school and community are doing everything possible to make the student’s school life successful. Based on this shared responsibility, the SAT meets to explore possibilities and strategies that will best meet the educational needs of the students, as well as support teachers and parents.

How does the SAT Process Work?

Students are typically referred by the classroom teacher, but any member of the school staff and/or parent may request support from the SAT for a student whose learning, behavior or emotional needs are not being met under existing circumstances. Prior to the first SAT meeting, teachers would have implemented some classroom accommodations that try to enhance learning for students. Parents will have been notified.  An accommodation may be as simple as a change in seating location, a daily assignment sheet, or an increase in the use of visual teaching aids. Sometimes a simple change can make a big difference for a student. Any accommodation that has been tried or is currently in place will be discussed with a parent at the SAT meeting. Using this information, the team can suggest further steps to help the student.

What happens at a SAT Meeting?

  1. The student (when appropriate) and parents meet with a group of teachers and the Academic Success  Coordinator.
  2. The Academic Success Coordinator leads the group through a process. The team discusses the student's strengths, concerns, gathers pertinent history and information and discusses present interventions and outcomes.
  3. The team brainstorms additional interventions and chooses actions to complete an academic plan for student success.
  4. At the end of the meeting, a follow-up date will be scheduled to review progress.


Additional testing through Special Education (Lincoln Public School) may be recommended. This recommendation comes from the members of the SAT only after accommodations and suggestions have not proven to be successful

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