What is S.A.P.?
Page Updated: September 01, 2009
The Student Assistance Programs (SAP) in Pennsylvania help schools identify students who are experiencing behavior and/or academic difficulties, which pose a barrier to their learning and success in school. SAP offers support to those students and their families.

The core of the student assistance program is a team of school employees who have received specialized certificates from Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Approved SAP Training Providers. This team may include teachers, nurses, counselors and administrators, and is often called the "core team" or the "SAP team." Representatives from community agencies might also meet with the team as consultants.

One of the most important tasks of a student assistance team is to build a working partnership with families, focusing on the student's success as their common goal. In addition, the team may offer student-centered services such as educational support groups, in-school mentoring and aftercare resources. The team may also assist families in identifying options for professional support when the problem is beyond the scope of the school. Participation in the student assistance program is voluntary and is offered as a source of help and support for the student and family. When a student needs assistance outside of the school setting, knowing how and where to find that assistance can be overwhelming. In cases where the problem lies beyond the limits of the school, it is the team's responsibility to inform the parent of the problem affecting the child's performance in school and help the student and their family access services and resources within their community.