The Chalkville Campus is a juvenile correctional facility located on 575 acres in northeast Jefferson County near Birmingham. Founded in 1909 by the Protestant Women of Birmingham, the facility was originally known as “The Rescue Home” and later as “The State Training School for Girls”. It became a State facility in 1911 when the Alabama State Legislature made the first appropriation to the School. In 1937, after several different locations in Birmingham, the program settled in its present site at Chalkville Campus.
The Chalkville Campus maintains a capacity for sixty adjudicated females between the ages of twelve and eighteen. A wide range of services include group counseling to address trauma and grief issues, social skills training, assertiveness training, drug and alcohol education, values clarification, sex education, medical services, campus service projects, and other basic services important to positive youth development. The Chemical Addiction Program (CAP) provides for intensive drug and alcohol treatment. An Individualized Service Plan (ISP) is developed for each student to address issues related to their particular needs.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is the primary foundation for service delivery. DBT is an evidence-based treatment model underpinning the service delivery to Chalkville students who have difficulties controlling their emotions and behaviors. Students participate in skills training groups to learn how to be less impulsive, stabilize their emotions, and improve interpersonal relationships. Core Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, and Emotional Regulation are the components of the model. The Chalkville Campus has an Epiphany Program.
Students attend the Sequoyah School where basic state required curriculum courses are provided such as English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Physical Education, as well as remedial reading and mathematics classes. Elective course options include Art, Building Construction, Health, Fitness, Business Technology, Drugs and Society, Project Adventure Character Building, and Spanish I, II, and III (via Distance Learning services). In addition, special education services are provided in accordance with state and federal mandates.
A variety of clubs and extracurricular activities offered at the Sequoyah School include the Alabama Writers’ Forum Creative Writing Class, Angelic Sew-and-Sews Sewing, Knitting and Quilting Club, Student Leadership Team, Mathematics Team, Motheread/B.A.B.Y. Literacy Program, Art Club, Building Construction Club, Sequoyah School Newspaper Team, Accelerated Reader, and Learning For Life First Friday Forum Program. The Sequoyah School strives to identify each student’s needs, secure the resources, and then provide effective services to address each need. The educational program emphasizes a student-centered school where all stakeholders support the teaching and learning process.