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Warren Technical School

Dekalb County Schools


Program Overview

“Overcoming Obstacles by Building a Community One Quadrant at a Time”


What is a GNETS program?




The Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS) comprises 24

programs that support the local school districts’ continuum of services for students

with disabilities, ages 3-21. The programs provide comprehensive educational and

therapeutic support services to students who might otherwise require residential or

other more restrictive placements due to the severity of one or more of the

characteristics of the disability category.


GNETS programs provide an array of therapeutic and behavioral supports as well as

specialized instruction for students. These supports are designed to assist the student

to progress in a general curriculum, as well as, a Transition Program, and graduate

ready for work or postsecondary studies. In addition, the GNETS program provides

support to families and works collaboratively with other agencies serving students.

Students are referred by their local school districts through the Individualized Education

Program (IEP) process.


The GNETS Transition (Outpost) Program is a program afforded to students who have

met their annual behavior goals. The students work diligently with merit in their

classrooms, and in the community. The students work with teachers, support personnel,

counselors, social workers, and psychologists to prove that they have met the

guidelines for moving forward in their educational career; thus, transitioning to their

Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).


Many of these students leave Center-based programs, and transition to a Traditional

School setting, or a non-Traditional setting. A non-Traditional setting would be like that

of the Wonderful World of Warren Technical School. Warren Technical School opened its

doors to the GNETS Transition Program (previously known as Outpost Program) during

the 2010-2011 school year.


Warren Technical School Transition Program

Social Skills: Decision Making Skills Class


The Decision-Making Skills Class at Warren Tech consists of two GNETS teachers, who

have worked in one of the Center-based Programs. Our goal is to assist our students in

“Overcoming Obstacles by Building a Community One Quadrant at a Time”. We utilize

The “Circle of Courage” model as a foundation for building a community which teaches

our students that relationships are primary. The Circle of Courage model; thus, provides

the GNETS teaching team, and members with an evidence-based, proven approach for

reaching and teaching our students with emotional and behavioral disorders. It

integrates research on positive student development with the best of positive thought,

professional wisdom, and educational practice.


The Four Quadrants are: Belonging, Generosity, Independence, and Mastery. We also

incorporate Social and Emotional Learning in our many exciting lessons. Students can

be seen working daily in cooperative learning groups, and independently to answer

discussion making questions. Students are taught the Decision-Making Process, PBIS

Principles, and Social and Emotional Learning Components. The home community, and

school environment is embraced by utilizing the five (5) components: Self-Awareness,

Self-Management, Social Awareness, Responsible Decision Making, and Relationship Skills.