Our Programs

Student Assistance Program

When your child is struggling in school, it can be difficult to know how to help. That’s where we enter the picture. Holy Family Institute’s Student Assistance Program (SAP) liaisons work with students to identify learning barriers – and connect them to the resources that will enable them to thrive.

Parents or guardians of student who may need assistance often observe one or more of the following behaviors:

  • Withdrawing from family, friends and/or school
  • Changing friends, no longer spending time with old friends
  • Coming home with unexplained physical injuries
  • Talking about suicide
  • Acting depressed
  • Defying authority
  • Acting aggressively
  • Lying


Or, they may be concerned with how a student will react to traumatic developments such as:

  • Recent death of a loved one
  • Divorce of parents
  • Family relocation

Holy Family Institute manages the Student Assistance Program (SAP) for many school districts, working directly with teachers, nurses and administrators to determine whether a referred child is affected by learning challenges. If it is determined that they are, the liaison will identify the specific barriers and collaborate with parents and teachers to create an individualized action plan.

How does my child become involved in a Student Assistance Program?

Holy Family works with a growing number of schools, and only assists students in those schools. However, the first step for a parent or guardian who observes unusual behavior in a student is to contact a teacher or other school professional about their concerns. The teacher or administrator can help determine the best course of action if Holy Family is not working in your student’s school.