Southeastern Education Center

Trauma-informed education and focused learning opportunities for middle school students.

The Southeastern Education Center (SEC) is a specialized behavioral reassignment school that provides 6th-8th grade students with targeted interventions and focused learning opportunities. SEC has been a partnership school with Milwaukee Public Schools since 1998. Our approach is grounded in trauma-informed care principles and positive youth development methods. Students receive personalized academic support, non-traditional therapeutic support and encouragement from mentors.

SEC students report many social and poverty-related challenges, which Pathfinders knows directly influences school performance. Something like a lack of access to laundry facilities can significantly influence whether students go to class – at the core, it’s about basic dignity. Nearly half of SEC students also access other Pathfinders programs. In particular, we have found that SEC students most often access our Drop-In Center workshops, clothing bank, laundry facilities, hygiene supplies, and computer lab.

Whether it is increased access to basic needs services, personalized educational support or just a safe place to study after school, Pathfinders has a much-needed continuum of services that SEC students need to succeed inside and outside of the classroom.

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The Southeastern Education Center (SEC) is a specialized behavioral reassignment school that provides 6th-8th grade students with targeted interventions and focused learning opportunities. SEC has been a partnership school with Milwaukee Public Schools since 1998. Our approach is grounded in trauma-informed care principles and positive youth development methods. Students receive personalized academic support, non-traditional therapeutic support and encouragement from mentors.

SEC students report many social and poverty-related challenges, which Pathfinders knows directly influences school performance. Something like a lack of access to laundry facilities can significantly influence whether students go to class – at the core, it’s about basic dignity. Nearly half of SEC students also access other Pathfinders programs. In particular, we have found that SEC students most often access our Drop-In Center workshops, clothing bank, laundry facilities, hygiene supplies, and computer lab.

Whether it is increased access to basic needs services, personalized educational support or just a safe place to study after school, Pathfinders has a much-needed continuum of services that SEC students need to succeed inside and outside of the classroom.