High Road School of Wallingford is a privatized state approved special education day school serving children facing social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. Our individualized educational program for primary and middle school students features one-on-one and small-group interactive learning, complemented by a self-adjusting computer program used for academic reinforcement. To acclimate students to the expectations of mainstream society, we offer in-depth social skills training that teaches students to recognize social cues, communicate effectively, interact with a group, and build healthy and positive peer relationships. Additionally, our school-wide behavioral management system equips students with learning strategies to control their impulses, accept responsibility for their actions, and self-monitor their behaviors.
To supplement our school’s regular 10-month school year program, we offer an ESY (extended school year) program for eligible students. This summer programming provides academic support with an eye toward preventing regression of skills and maintaining academic and behavioral skills development through such means as subject area tutorials, behavioral instruction, recreational activities, and cultural experiences.
We customize our curriculums to focus on the specific strengths and abilities of each child, then we implement these targeted interventions in a warm and nurturing environment characterized by small class sizes, personalized attention, and positive reinforcement. By adopting such an individualized approach, we lead our students to their highest potential, creating new pathways to heightened academic achievement and self-esteem.
Educational course sequencing is based on that of the respective school district and addresses all state standards in order to facilitate reintegration into the public school system and/or progression toward graduation. Our small class sizes of no more than 10 students per teacher and Teaching Assistant ensure that each student receives personal attention and customized instruction that accommodates their particular learning style and their specific strengths and deficits.
Throughout the day, core subjects are taught through a rotational tutorial model that entails one-on-one sessions, small-group work, and independent study, enhanced by computer-assisted learning. We also provide physical education, social skills training, health education, and an array of electives like art, Spanish, and computer classes.
The High Road Schools & Academies of Connecticut help students make the most of learning opportunities by employing certified specialists to give each student additional support as needed.
Our Speech & Language Therapy Program features a coordinated and individualized approach. In group work as well as in individual sessions, our certified speech therapists work with students to correctly produce the sounds in words, increase speech intelligibility, develop vocabulary knowledge and understanding, and utilize appropriate conversational skills. Emphasis is placed on pragmatics, such as turn taking, topic maintenance, asking appropriate questions, and socialization. Grammar, syntax, and written expression are also addressed.
Our occupational therapists support students with sensory, perceptual, and motor problems in better meeting the daily demands of their environment. OTs use directed play as the primary method of treatment; however, classroom consultation directly with teachers and assistants regarding the student’s abilities is also key to their success. Directed play includes such activities as mazes and target games to develop hand-eye coordination and ball games to increase coordination between two sides of the body. Through the use of movement, touch, and other functional activities, the student more effectively develops the responses needed to function in the classroom, home, and community environments. As the child ages and his or her needs change, the focus is on the acquisition of specific skills used in daily life. These can include learning to measure baking ingredients, personal care, or crossing busy streets, depending on the student’s abilities.
Our social workers guide students through emotional and social growth issues. They focuses on helping the student develop age-appropriate skills and behaviors for the classroom and beyond. Through the use of recreational and other activities, they assist students in building self-esteem, applying social skills, and practicing leadership and team participation. The students are seen individually and in small-group sessions. It is also not unusual to find social workers in the classroom leading social skills activities.
A consulting psychologist and behaviorist are also available on an as-needed basis.
At High Road, all related services personnel work closely with classroom teachers to assure integration of learned skills into all classroom activities.