Elementary School Program

zoo field trip 2 elem

The program’s primary objective is to develop a student’s skills in the areas of self-esteem, communication of feelings, self-regulation of emotions, peer relationships, behavioral stabilization and academic performance. Each student’s experience is individualized, based on his (her) specific needs and goals. This program has proven successful for students who may exhibit some or all of the following characteristics:

  • Limited Academic success
  • Attention Deficits
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Poor organizational skills
  • Self-Esteem issues
  • Lack of Motivation
  • Low Frustration Tolerance
  • Difficulty developing/maintaining relationships with adults, peers, authority figures and family

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Seacoast Learning Collaborative accepts children and adolescents 6 -11 years of age. We provide services for children who are identified by their sending school district as having the following educational disabilities and challenges:

  • Emotionally Handicapped (EH)
  • Other Health Impaired (OHI)
  • Developmental Delay
  • Speech and Language
  • Autism
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Behavioral Issues


Additionally, they may be receiving community based psychiatric services for

  • Attention deficits
  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Spectrum Disorders

Tuition for our program is paid for by the Sending School District.

The Elementary program is comprised of two classrooms; a lower elementary (grades K – 3) and an upper elementary (grades 3-5). The staff to student ratio is 1:2 unless 1:1 support is required and supported by the treatment team. Each classroom maintains a low student census in order to maximize staff availability and attention to each student.

The school day is 6.25 hours in length and is comprised of 4-5 academic periods with short transitional breaks between classes. In addition to the academics, the week consists of group structured play, physical recreation activities, adventure based counseling, individual/group counseling, community service projects and staff supported social skills activities. Additional classes include Art, Music, and Physical Education.

Related services personnel (Occupational Therapy , Speech Pathologist) provide individual support services as outlined in the child’s IEP. The classrooms use a multi-modal approach of visual, verbal and kinesthetic supports, movement breaks, sensory diets and individualized behavior plans. Daily reports review each student’s performance in class and are shared daily with parents/guardians. Quarterly reports review each student’s progress toward their annual IEP goals and objectives.  Curriculum is aligned with NH State Standards and the CCSS.

The elementary program utilizes a token economy system and a level system to address the behavioral needs and goals of each student.  Specific behaviors are targeted and positive reinforcement is provided to students for completing tasks or behaving in desired ways.   Classroom rules stating specific behaviors and good choices are posted for the students to view on a daily basis. Staff also process appropriate choices with students as they occur.

The level system has been developed as a means to assist students in accessing various privileges throughout the day based on what level they are on from the previous day’s behavior. Levels are assessed daily in an effort to motivate and encourage students to make positive changes throughout the day, despite any difficulty they may be having.  Points are tallied at the end of the day and will determine what level the student will be on the following day.  Level busts can occur immediately based on severity of the behavior.

Below 70%

Indoor classroom recess at desk

Last choice of academic game

Assigned lunch spot

No field trip


Indoor classroom recess

3rd choice of academic game choices

Assigned lunch

Field trip at teacher discretion


Indoor or outdoor recess

2nd choice of academic game choices

Field trips

Choice of lunch table indoors

1 Item from home to be used at recess


Indoor or outdoor recess

1st choice of academic game choices

Field trips

1 make up work pass

Option to arrange lunch date with staff or student on level 3 or 4

Choice of lunch table location indoor or outdoors

Technology in free time

2 Items from home to be used at recess

Friday incentive

2.75 Average point for week

No make up work

Level 2 or above on Friday am- based on Thursday behavior


Individualized behavior plans are developed as needed for specific students.

At times, this may require one to one support to ensure successful implementation.

Field trips/community outings are built into the program as incentives, to enhance program instruction and to provide avenues to practice social skills. Additional events that occur annually are: Seacoast IDOL, Seacoast Olympics/Field Day, Halloween/holiday festivities, Fisher Cats educational day and fishing derby.

A campus wide Student Council provides opportunities for students to be active participants in developing and implementing activities and suggesting ways to improve programs for the school.  Awards Ceremonies to celebrate student successes are held at least annually.

There are opportunities for parents to attend school events.