The primary focus is developing strategies to overcome anxieties and appropriate communication skills to express themselves and their feelings. Students practice leadership and caretaking roles. Students gain confidence and learn to take positive risks through group and individual therapy. Vocational courses and opportunities are provided as well as job training expectations.
Clay Academy utilizes a point system that incorporates reinforcements that students can identify with. At the middle and high school level, the level system provides a visual cue as to when mainstreaming opportunities are introduced.