The Project CLASS Story
Project CLASS was developed in 1997 by Houston Achievement Place, a private, not-for-profit social service agency when several local schools asked Houston Achievement Place staff to provide services for students with behavior problems. It soon became apparent that many of the children were coming to school without the basic social and interpersonal skills and competencies. They did not know how to effectively get along with adults and other children. As a result of this lack of skills, children were seriously hampered in their learning and in their future potential.
It became clear to Houston Achievement Place staff that helping educators teach children social and relational skills could help all students be able to learn more and develop the relationships for life success.
With the backing of the HAP Board of Directors, funding from supportive foundations and corporations was secured to pilot the Project CLASS program.
Since 1997, over 800,000 children and adults have benefited from Project CLASS. More than 80,000 teachers and school staff have received Project CLASS training and in-school services.
Project CLASS has been implemented locally in schools in Houston Independent School District, Spring Branch Independent School District, Fort Bend Independent School District, Spring Independent School District, and Houston KIPP schools. Project CLASS Training has also been provided to numerous KIPP and Charter schools across the United States. Each year, more than 30,000 children are positively impacted by Project CLASS.
Our vision is to equip each child with the concrete skills to respect self and respect others. We have the responsibility to insure that each child has been provided the tools to develop constructive personal relationships and have the best chance for a meaningful and productive future.