Overview

Connecticut Coastal Academy, located at 192 Westbrook Road in Essex, CT, provides strengths-based programs to students in grades 6 through 12 and young adults age 18-21. We build foundations for life.

Connecticut Coastal Academy offers:

  • Individualized education programs with high academic rigor
  • Small class instructional environment
  • Flexible scheduling, and Summer Skills Academy
  • Credit recovery and individual tutoring
  • Competency-based curriculum and assessments aligned with Common Core standards
  • Certified teachers and behavior support specialists
  • Life skills training, transition assessments, paid vocational training and help with job placement
  • Monitored school attendance and weekly progress monitoring

Middle and High School

  • Services for our younger students focus on foundations for social and academic growth. We encourage a compassionate awareness of self and others, in an setting that includes robust supportive services.
  • As they progress through upper grades, students focus on building academic and interpersonal skills. They participate in activities that support integration into the recreational, social, and professional environments of their choosing.
  • Students in grades 9 and up focus on completing graduation requirements and meeting individual goals.
  • Our students do not just ‘survive’ these formative years – they thrive during this time of self-discovery. Many continue on to college or enter a technical field. We encourage our students to be self-determined and passionate in their learning.

Graduation Planning and Preparation

  • Transition skills – including college and career readiness, health and wellness, independent living, and community engagement – are taught through hands-on experiences and individualized instruction. Students spend time working with professionals, learning trades, completing certifications, and earning a stipend.
  • All individual transition goals are based on a comprehensive assessment. Goals are monitored on a weekly basis by the students and are updated as needed based on a data-review process with the student’s support team.

Ongoing Support

Young adults ages 18-21 with limited academic and vocational opportunities may qualify for support after meeting graduation requirements. Our program focuses on developing independent living skills and exploring job interests and possibilities.

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