All CCMC School classes foster the overall development of the student in a structured, supportive learning environment. Each student's program is highly individualized according to the student's profile of strengths and areas of need.
Elementary School Classes
The elementary classrooms provide high-quality instruction for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Elementary curriculum is guided by both the Connecticut Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and each student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).
Middle/High School Classes
The middle/high school classes provide remedial/high school real-world curricula that align with Connecticut Common Core State Standards through a self-contained classroom model. Students are also exposed to various pre-vocational and vocational experiences from career exploration to community job placement, as appropriate. Students will earn credit as approved by the district during the Planning and Placement Team (PPT) process.
Applied Academics Classes
From elementary through high school, applied academics classes exist to provide greater emphasis on practical daily living skills and functional application to academics as aligned to Connecticut Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
Programming for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders is specifically designed to meet the needs of each student at all levels of functioning.
Extended Year Programming
An extension of the regular school year, the summer session continues to deliver mandated academic and therapeutic services, according to the student’s Individual Education Program, for those youngsters who would otherwise regress academically and/or emotionally or behaviorally.
Mental Health Services
The CCMC School provides a complete range of mental health services. Upon admission, each student’s needs are assessed and an appropriate plan for service is developed. Family support and involvement is emphasized across all aspects of the student’s program.
Vocational Education Programming
CCMC School’s vocational education curriculum encompasses a comprehensive instructional process that relies on real work as the focal point for career assessment (both interest and aptitude) and job exploration.
For those students who are approved for Occupational Therapy services through their Planning and Placement Team (PPT), CCMC School provides licensed Occupational Therapists who work with students on an individual basis, in a small group or classroom, and/or on a consultative basis.
A licensed Physical Therapist works with students at the CCMC School who may have gross motor difficulties that impact their functioning within the school. Students who require PT services, as determined by their Planning and Placement Team (PPT), are assessed and seen individually or in small groups by a licensed Physical Therapist, or may be served on a consult basis.
School on Wheels
The School on Wheels is an educational service, staffed by a certified special education teacher, to provide tutoring and academic enrichment to children who are inpatients at Connecticut Children's Medical Center. When contracted by the school district, the teacher coordinates academic lessons, provides instruction for 5-10 hours per week (depending on the grade and availability of the child), collaborates with clinical staff, and maintains communication with the child’s parents/guardians and school. During short inpatient stays, the teacher may provide academic enrichment activities as time and availability allow. When requested and appropriate, the CCMC School Educational Liaison will contact a child’s school to assist with transition planning after discharge.
STRIDE (Short-term Therapeutic Review, Intervention and Diagnostic Evaluation) is a 40-day diagnostic process for students ages 5 to 21.