Youth reside together in small groups. Through these small groups, youth are able to develop close relationships, learn positive social behaviors as well as experience intense intra-structural peer support.


Group sessions are held daily Monday through Friday to give each youth the opportunity to discuss the day's activities and problems. The sessions are conducted by the staff who works regularly with the same training class group. Each youth also has one individual counseling session per week, or more often as needed.


A level system is also employed based on the belief that taking full responsibility for one's own behavior is the first step in becoming a contributing member of society. This incremental step system is a behavioral shaping treatment modality directed toward assisting the youth in social and vocational preparedness to return to the community with the ability to function in a socially acceptable manner.


The system is designed to enhance and reward self-discipline and consistency as opposed to other punishment oriented policies. That is, the youth earns privileges and positive recognition through compliance.




The Gulf Coast Trades Center offers a variety of exercises through it's Physical Education Program and recreation activities. A new gymnasium which has an enclosed weight room and a large electronic scoreboard, donated by Citizens Bank of Texas was completed in March of 2004. Hours of basketball and volleyball are played each day in the facility.


Outdoor activities which keep the student population busy are flag football, softball, soccer and volleyball.  Adjacent to the baseball and football fields is an outdoor, covered pavilion which is available for basketball and weight lifting on nice days.


During the spring and summer months the students enjoy the coolness of the beautiful Olympic size swimming pool which has certified lifeguards on duty throughout these seasons.


Through the Texas Association of Charter Schools, students participate in leagues and tournaments using their talents and skills in the following sports; flag football, volleyball, baseball, and basketball.




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The Gulf Coast Trades Center and Raven Charter School District prohibit discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, or belief, and against any beneficiary of programs financially assisted under Title I, WIOA on the basis of citizenship/status as a lawfully admitted immigrant authorized to work in the United States or his or her participation in any WIOA Title I financially assisted program or activity.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Officer is Dr. Dale Underwood, at Email: and Phone: (936) 344-6677.

Gulf Coast Trades Center, New Waverly, TX