Students are referred by their school district to attend High Road School and are generally in grades 9–12. They face disabilities in a variety of areas, including Autism, Intellectual Disability, Emotional Disability, Other Health Impairments, and more.
We are proud to employ certified special education teachers, Life Space Crisis Intervention trained staff. full time school social works, Speech and language therapists, on staff OT and school psychiatrist.
High Road School of Wallingford sets our program apart from other area programs through our small structured class size. We focus on individual student growth and development with every student getting a tailor plan to fit their needs and requirements. Our ultimate goal is for our students to transition to back to their public school or to being job training or certification program. Some of our students have gone on to attend 4-year colleges and Universities.
We utilize Functional behavioral assessments (FBA) and Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP). We also use the Functional Behavioral Assessment and the Behavior Intervention Plan as a formal way for our team to work collaboratively to determine the best way to help a student behaviorally within our school.
We also have access to many local educational sites; CT Science Center, Mashantucket Pequot Museum, Beardsley Zoo, Maritime Aquarium, and Mystic Aquarium. We also give back to our community we host fundraisers and participate in community events such as Autism and Heart walks. Ever Winter our building maintenance classes build toy boxes. The students then donate their own money to purchase toy to fill the boxes. The toy boxes are then brought by the students and staff to sites such Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, Meriden DCF, and Salvation Army.
These students participate in an active and exploratory curriculum that combines classes required for graduation with vocational experiences and a work readiness program that provide instruction and support in developing the basic skills needed to succeed in today’s workplace. Each student’s transition program is individualized per that student’s specific talents, interests, skill levels, and needs, and may include such targeted areas of instruction and coaching as professional hygiene, job interviewing skills, taking on-the-job directives, and appropriately responding to both common and unexpected scenarios.
Our content-specific trade tracks include culinary arts, horticulture, building maintenance, and industrial arts.
Culinary training entails teaching the students all about food safety and handling, portion control, baking, and cooking meats and seafood, among many other skills that prepare them for employment in the food services industry, as well as for independent living. Students also have the opportunity to become a ServSafe certified food handler. Under the guidance of our staff chef, the students venture out into the community to practice smart shopping, to become familiar with available kitchen appliances and equipment, and to explore multicultural food items. The Culinary Department not only makes delicious and nutritious lunches and snacks for our staff and students, but it also provides catering services in the community upon request and for special events.
In our building maintenance and trade/industrial vocational clusters, students learn the safe and proper use of common tools—miter saw, drill press, table saw, cordless drills, and other power tools—in our newly renovated production room. They start the interactive curriculum by building their own classic toolbox; each time they master the use of a particular hand tool, they get to add it to their box! Once skills are adequately acquired in the classroom, they are put into practice in the community on actual job sites including: Orange Fence, Re-Store (Habitat for Humanity), Choate-Rosemary Hall, Carpenters Union Local #24, Gateway Community College, City of West Haven, and numerous other local and small businesses in the area.
Our horticulture students can be found on the school grounds, caring for our abundance of plants. They learn all about gardening and landscaping, turf management, plant identification, and basic landscape architecture and design, enhanced by coordinated visits to local businesses for vocational and educational opportunities. Small business management even comes into play when students line up residential homes for season activities like leaf raking and lawn mowing. Stay tuned for more news on the addition of horticulture sites as the year progresses!
High Road’s ever-expanding vocational opportunities give our students specific training in areas of their interests. The concentrated hands-on work experience also gives our students more options with future paid employment opportunities.