Students are referred by their school district to attend High Road School and are generally in grades 3–12 (aged 7 to 22). They face disabilities in a variety of areas, including Intellectual Disability, Emotional Disability, Autism, Other Health Impairments, Specific Learning Disabilities, and more.
We are proud to employee certified special education teachers, an Occupational Therapist, a Speech and Language Therapist, Counselors, and Job Coaches.
High Road School of New Castle Delaware has been around since 2004. We have great relationships with the districts and a great success rate of transitioning our students back to their comprehensive setting. Our academic model and behavior/level system is grounded in current research and methodologies that take all IDEA classifications into consideration and tailors instruction / behavioral management to the individual student.
Our teaching starts out by first finding each students current ability / grade level, and then increases academic rigor by challenging them on their instructional level. In doing this, our students feel confident in their abilities and motivated towards their studies. All instruction is based off of the Common Core Curriculum.
In addition, our school employs a full time social worker to host groups based on the “PEERS Curriculum for School-Based Professionals”. This curriculum hones in on social skills training for adolescents with any emotional exceptionality. Along with group counseling our social worker / counselor provides consultative individual counseling and mentoring as needed.
The entire High Road School of Delaware staff is incredibly dedicated to ensuring continued growth in our program every school year. We aim to be as involved with our students, their families, and the community as possible for the benefit of the children and adolescents we serve. Accordingly, we’re always working to deepen and expand our commitment to our students through such means as hosting parent support groups, planning a variety of enriching extracurricular activities, and participating in community-based altruistic efforts, like charity walks and volunteer work.
High Road School of New Castle County has a Transition program that serves students in grades 7-12+. Students have the opportunity to gain work experience through on campus jobs and work experience with a job coach off campus in the community (16 yrs and older). Annually we have a career fair held on our campus with community members that volunteer their time and share their careers. Students participate in mock interviews to practice interviewing skills. Students learn real life skills on how to navigate their community, work off campus, earn a paycheck, adhere to employment protocols, and draft cover letters and a resume. Students on campus earn High Road School dollars and can access the school store and work on budgeting.
Through our transitions program the High Road School of New Castle County has developed a comprehensive Co-Op program. This program offers our 16-21-year-old students the opportunity to gain real life employment skills while still being a full-time student. In this role, each student is overseen by a job coach and trained in skills pertinent to the position. Partnerships developed thus far are: Sunday Breakfast Mission, Mary Campbell Center, and the Delaware Humane Association.
High Road School of New Castle County has several on campus school events such as: International Fair, Career Fair, Parent Resource Night and Science Fair. Annually we have a Thanksgiving Feast where students invite their families for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. We have volunteers from the community that make and serve the turkey’s. We have assemblies and dances throughout the year. Students participate in Friday Clubs and our intramural sports league.