Welcome to the KEYS (Keeping Every Youth Successful) program at the Student Opportunity Center. KEYS is the DAEP program for first through eighth grade in Frisco ISD. The academic mission of the KEYS program believes that all children can learn and should have the opportunity to reach their maximum potential.  A safe and orderly learning environment is necessary to provide this opportunity. Students who meet district criteria will be served through placement in an alternative program. 

The purpose of the KEYS program is to provide identified students with an alternative and innovative instructional environment which helps motivate the student to develop appropriate coping skills.  The program is designed to challenge students academically and socially by using problem solving instructional strategies and a strong behavior management system. The KEYS program has trained professional staff who understand how to handle conflict, crisis, and to provide viable techniques on how to change behaviors.  

First through eighth grade students are the target population for the assessment and remediation of behavior patterns that are detrimental to the learning process.  We believe this intervention model could help ensure future success for students in school and in their adult life.

The KEYS program provides an opportunity for students to develop those skills necessary to meet the expectations of the regular classroom.  Weekly social skills sessions are also a strong component to the KEYS program. The home campus counselor is encouraged to visit on a regular basis as well.  In addition to our 3-tiered approach, each student is encouraged to choose a mentor from their home campus; someone they have a strong connection with, who will also visit regularly.  It is our belief, that by keeping the home campus/KEYS connection, students will feel more supported and accountable upon their return.

The Keys program focuses on three components in order to help your student be successful.  While students attend the SOC, the staff will focus on academics, social skills, and will be given the opportunity for optional counseling with SMU.

Academic Curriculum

The academic curriculum will be individualized for students being served in the KEYS program.  All core academic subjects will be taught. Students will be expected to maintain the same academic standards as those established by the district.  The same instructional materials and technology-supported curriculum will be utilized to provide continuity to their learning. KEYS personnel will integrate creative problem solving strategies for developing internal control into the instructional process.

Personnel from the home school may visit the KEYS classroom and discuss their student’s behavioral and academic needs with the KEYS instructional staff.  These visits also provide a sense of stability and help assure continued concern for the child’s well-being.

Social Skills Curriculum

Students with inadequate developmental social skills have great difficulty interacting successfully in school and at home.  One of the goals of the KEYS program is to help students learn the social skills necessary to interact appropriately with peers, school personnel, and their families.  Throughout the enrollment period, emphasis is placed on learning appropriate social skills including self-regulation, positive peer relationships, and conflict resolution.

When the student returns to the home school, KEYS personnel will be available to provide support for the classroom teacher.  The transition back to the home campus will be coordinated and monitored by the KEYS staff and the personnel from the home campus in order to provide for consistency within the student’s program.

In-School Counseling Program

The KEYS in-school counseling program is designed to complement the student’s social skills curriculum.  A SMU counselor may meet with each student on a regular basis. Meetings may involve students one-on-one, in a group setting, and/or classroom setting.  In addition to working with students, the school counseling program may include consultation time with parents, other KEYS personnel, and home campus personnel.

Transportation

FISD transportation is not provided for students in a DAEP program.  It is the responsibility of the parent to set up and maintain transportation for the child.  Students need to be picked up no later than 2:50 at the KEYS entrance. 

Change in transportation arrangements must be made prior to school dismissal.  Please email the teachers directly or call the front office. Assume the teacher has not received your email if you do not receive a response and plans will not be changed.

School Hours

  1. Instructional day begins at 7:45 and ends at 2:50. 

  2. Students should arrive no earlier than 7:30 a.m.

  3. Students will use the back entrance of the SOC and will check in with the teacher on duty. 

  4. It is the parent’s responsibility to get the student to school on time and to pick him/her up promptly at 2:50 p.m.

Dress Code

Students in the KEYS program are required to exhibit standard dress.  Students not in compliance with the following code will have points deducted or lose credit for a placement day.

Students will wear the following standard attire on a daily basis:


  • Students must wear appropriately fitting (no sagging, no skinny jeans) 5 pocket style blue jeans or khaki color 5 pocket pants (with a brown or black belt). Both pant legs must be down and pants must have belt loops (no joggers). 

  • Students must wear an all blue tee, polo style, or dress shirt.  All shirts must have sleeves. 

  • Students must wear solid closed toe shoes with white, brown, or black socks. Shoelaces must remain tied.  No boots or sandals are allowed. 

  • Students must wear their pants at the waistline with their shirt tucked in at all times, excluding PE.

  • No type of clothing that has been torn or has holes will be allowed.

  • All hats, caps, coats, sweaters, sweatshirts or vests must be removed upon entering the building and stored in the appropriate location. These items are not allowed in the classroom. 

  • Students may not wear accessories of any kind.  This includes: rings, watches, necklaces, earrings, or any other body piercing jewelry, sunglasses, etc.  Students who forget will place the item in a predetermined location until the end of the school day. Upon second occurrence the item will be returned at the end of the placement.

Middle School Schedule

  6th 7th 8th
 7:30-7:45 Check-InCheck-In Check-In 
 7:45-8:15 BreakfastBreakfast Breakfast 
 8:15-9:00 Social StudiesScience ILA
 9:00-9:45 ILASocial Studies Science
 9:45-10:30 ScienceILA Social Studies
 10:30-11:15 MathMathReading 
 11:15-11:45 LunchLunch Lunch 
 11:45-12:15 PEPE PE 
 12:15-1:00 ReadingMath Math 
 1:00-1:45 MathReading Math 
 1:45-2:30 SELSEL SEL 
 2:30-2:45 DEARDEAR DEAR 
 2:45-2:50Pack-up Pack-up Pack-up 

Elementary Schedule

7:45 - 8:10Morning Meeting and Breakfast
8:10-8:40Social Studies
8:40-10:00Math
10:00 - 11:15Reading & OLC
11:15-11:45Lunch
11:45-12:15Science
12:15-1:00PE
1:00-1:50Writing
1:50-2:20SEL
2:20-DismissalWriting