Students are referred by their school district to attend High Road School and are generally in grades 6–12 (aged 12 to 21). THey face disabilities in a variety of areas, including Autism, Learning Disability, Emotional Disability, Other Health Impairments, Multiple Disabilities, ADHD, and more.
We are proud to employ certified special education teachers, staff trained in crisis intervention and Life Space Crisis Intervention, and a certified school social worker.
At High Road School of New London, we strive to instill behavioral and academic confidence and competence in students. Our research-based, highly structured academic and behavior model, low student : staff ratio, counseling supports, and token economy level system work together to help students develop the skills necessary to successfully access their education, and to prepare them to return to a less restrictive environment when they are ready.
Our school’s social work services, provided by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), include individual counseling, social skills group, crisis intervention, case management, and collaboration with families and community agencies. Staff receive training in Life Space Crisis Intervention in order to take a trauma-focused approach to interactions with students.
The school partners with CT Strong, a community program that works with at-risk youth in the New London area. High Road School works closely with their sending schools to help connect students who meet the requirements to participate in sports and activities through their public school. The transition program connects students to work opportunities and volunteer opportunities in the community. Student field trips have included trips to the Pequot museum, local parks, and courses at the Fields of Fire Adventure Course.
The school collaborates closely with CT Strong. The school partners with agencies such as Walmart, Walgreens, Access Health, the Gemma Mirand Center food pantry, and the Community Meals Center soup kitchen for employment and volunteer opportunities for students.
Transition services include a weekly transition elective, weekly push-in services into the classroom by the transition coordinator, and individual meetings with students. Students are engaged in a variety of activities including interest inventories, skill development, in-school jobs, and participation at work sites in the community. Computer software, including CareerScope and TRAX, are utilized.
I just wanted to let you know I talk about your group of students, that volunteer at the Gemma Moran Food Center, all the time. I Have other schools and groups of kids volunteer here, but High Road’s students are the most respectful, ready to work, and give back to the community, kids that I have ever had here. Even though your students may vary from week to week, there hasn’t been one student from High Roads that has been disrespectful or wasn’t here to work or volunteer. Thank you and the High Road School students for volunteering at the Gemma Moran Food Center.
– Lamar Spruill, Campaign & Community/Volunteer