Los Gatos – Saratoga

Community Overview/Profile

In the Los Gatos-Saratoga Community, CASSY works with two school districts, the Los Gatos Union School District, serving kindergarden through 8th grade students in Los Gatos, and the Los Gatos Saratoga Unified School District, serving the high school students in both Los Gatos and Saratoga.

The Town of Los Gatos is on the southern tip of Silicon Valley in Santa Clara County.

  • English Learners — 1%
  • Students on Free or Reduced Meal Plan — 3%

CASSY Services

Schools We Serve

  • Los Gatos High School
  • Fisher Middle School
  • Saratoga High School
  • Redwood Middle School

Since Fall 2009, CASSY has provided direct counseling, crisis intervention, mental health education, and parent and staff consultation at Los Gatos High School. We expanded our program to include RJ Fisher Middle School in the spring of 2012 and  Saratoga High School in November 2012.

At these schools, we provide the following services:

  • Individual, Group & Family Therapy (Including Special Education Students)
  • Crisis Intervention & Treatment
  • Suicide & Depression Awareness Campaigns
  • Peer Mediation
  • Staff Support & Training
  • Parent Consultation
  • Community Outreach

Program Measurement

To assess our services, CASSY uses both quantitative and qualitative data. Quantitative data consists of measuring the following at the beginning and end of treatment:

  • The Children’s Global Assessment Scale (CGAS) is an assessment developed by the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University to provide a global measure of level of functioning in children and adolescents. Our goal is to observe an increase in overall functioning through counseling, which is measured by a pre- and post- CGAS assessment.
  • The Developmental Assets Profile Survey is a questionnaire completed by middle and high school students measuring positive assets in their life. Through counseling, we anticipate there will be an increase of positive assets in the student’s life.
  • Research shows that suspension, expulsion, truancy, and dropout rates decrease when students engage in school based mental health services.
  • For a qualitative assessment, CASSY sends surveys to students, parents and school staff to rate our services at the end of the year.

 

Feedback

Students

  • “My CASSY therapist got me through my first two years of high school. Without her I would have probably switched schools.”
  • “Really helped me, sort of changed my life.”
  • “I loved CASSY. It was always there when I needed help. It was also a very safe place to be. I don’t trust a lot of people and I trusted my CASSY counselors so much.”
  • “It’s really good to know that there are groups of people at school who care about other things rather than academic things.”

Parents

  • “My daughter has learned to express herself and talk about her feelings thanks to you.”
  • “I feel better knowing my son has an outlet in a safe environment and also appreciate the time the therapist spends helping us as parents.”
  • “It is imperative to keep this service going for many, many years.”
  • “I cannot express how valuable this program is at LGHS. Without CASSY we would have never known my daughter was so troubled.”

Staff

  • “CASSY has fully integrated themselves into our school community – they are a huge support to students, staff and parents.”
  • “It is such a gift to have them on staff. I appreciate their wisdom and contributions to our team.”
  • “CASSY continues to be an invaluable resource to our students, parents and staff. Thank you!”
  • “The greatest support we’ve ever had in Special Education.”