• About Programs at Northbrook Center

    Northbrook Center is home to 3 programs: ADAPT, BRIDGE, and STRIVE. Our programs are a part of the continuum of services offered by Gwinnett County Public Schools.

  • ADAPT

  • ADAPT (Assisting Developing Adults with Productive Transitions) is a community-based vocational program designed to teach functional life skills to young adults with disabilities, allowing them to maximize their independence in adulthood. Students learn domestic, vocational, community, and social skills, as well as self-advocacy. Students then learn to transfer those skills from the classroom to the community through real-world experiences— from preparing a simple meal and washing dishes to personal hygiene, on-the-job training, and money skills. Four days a week, teachers accompany small groups of students to locations in the community for vocational training at job sites, shopping at retail and grocery stores, eating out at fast food and sit-down restaurants, and leisure activities at local parks for recreation.

    In classrooms designed to simulate home living environments, students practice domestic skills, such as cooking, cleaning, and doing laundry. Students also may be responsible for jobs within the school building, such as shelving books in the media center or working with custodial staff. One Mean Java Bean, our student-run coffee shop, is open daily and provides additional job training.

  • BRIDGE

  • The BRIDGE (Building Relationships in Discipline, Goals, and Education) program provides 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 of emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) and others. The BRIDGE serves students through educational services and supports, academic instruction, behavioral intervention, therapeutic support (provided by in-house school psychologists, school social workers, and behavior specialists), collaboration with student’s home school, and interagency and parental support.

    Our mission is to provide a safe, caring, therapeutic environment where students with educational, behavioral, and social challenges can best develop the skills and character necessary to rejoin their communities with success. We strive to provide individualized education that addresses students’ unique learning styles, cultivates independent thought, and promotes the building of character so students can learn to be citizens of a culturally diverse society.

  • STRIVE

  • STRIVE (Supported Training and Rehabilitative Instruction in Vocational Education) is a community-based work skills program for students with special needs, with an emphasis on acquisition of adult independence. The mission and purpose of the program is to provide real-life work experiences for students with intellectual disabilities in real community-based businesses. During their time in the program, students receive instruction on basic work skills and appropriate work behaviors. STRIVE provides an instructional focus on IEP Transition Plan activities, postsecondary goals, and outcomes. Students learn a variety of job skills as well as soft skills needed for all types of employment. Soft skills include professionalism, work ethic, enthusiasm, teamwork, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving.

    The STRIVE program helps to empower students to reach their full potential, offering many benefits to participating students, including full community integration and inclusion, a competitive edge in the workplace, a bridge to adult life through supported transition, and an opportunity to explore career clusters through a variety of job tasks.