The Mary Lyon School was originally designed in September, 1992 as a barrier-free school which would include seriously emotionally disturbed students in regular education classrooms. The special needs students identified for entrance to our school would have been enrolled in segregated, private 766 day or residential treatment facilities or admitted to child psychiatric units for acute care were they not enrolled at the Mary Lyon School. Every decision that our school community has made and will continue to make from organizing or schedules, to selecting our staff to solving instructional strategy dilemmas, has been made with our school's focus on mind.
We strive to provide a high-quality instructional program for all of our students (the special needs students as well as their typically developing peers) so that they will be able to master the academic and social skills necessary to be successful in 21st Century workplaces. In our first stage of development, our school community was committed to developing successful strategies to support seriously emotionally disturbed students in regular education classrooms. In our present stage of development, our school community focuses on developing teaching strategies that enable all students, including those with complicated learning styles, to master at least grade level curricula.