Highly Structured Education
Seacoast Academy provides a highly structured, therapeutically based education program to students who are experiencing academic, behavior and social interaction difficulties in their current school placement. In addition, many of our students have been diagnosed with varying mental health issues from Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit, Mood Disorders and Impulse Control Disorders.
The cornerstone of SLC’s program philosophy is the development of acceptance and trust in an honest and open relationship. It is from this foundation that students can begin to address their emotional and academic needs.
After several different and and challenging academic journeys, we found ourselves at Seacoast Academy. To say it was life changing is an understatement. Our experiences there, especially in the beginning, were not without significant difficulties but the incredible staff that genuinely cared for our son were committed to him and determined to make school work for him. Our confidence in their willingness to do that was huge because admittedly, we didn’t always have that. The lines of communication were always open and the school-home connection was a vital piece of the puzzle. Their constant encouragement and support to stay with their system helped because something eventually clicked and it worked! Our son had an amazing transformation and his true potential and gifts could finally be realized. He was happy to be there each day and became a devoted student and valued member of the school community. It was such a tremendous relief and joy to watch him thrive and I truly believe that he has accomplished what he has, to this day, in a large part due to his time at Seacoast. Watching him receive his diploma was one of the most gratifying moments of my life! It takes a “village” to educate and raise a child with challenges and my husband and I will forever be grateful to the Seacoast Academy staff for being such a big part of ours!
Mary Alice Boone, Parent
All of our students are assigned a licensed clinical mental health counselor or licensed clinical social worker who provide individual counseling and case management services. Group counseling occurs through our ABLE (Adventure Based Learning Experiences) Program. Quarterly sessions are provided to our students and their families.
Seacoast Academy became a diploma granting school in 2004. We offer a 21 credit diploma and are presently in the midst of transition to Common Core Standards which will offer a consistent framework to prepare our students for college and the workforce.
Our staff to student ratio is 1:3. Class sizes are small with individualized instruction. Grades are issued based on attendance, work completion, class participation, formalized testing and mastery of competencies. Credit is also given for extended learning opportunities. In addition, we utilize Odysseyware to augment semester schedule and for credit recovery.
We will work in conjunction with sending school districts to strive towards least restrictive placement. Many of our students participate in vocational experiences at local Career and Technical Education Centers.
In addition to the core academic curriculum, Seacoast Academy has trained staff in The Life Centered Career Education Curriculum. There are four core components to this curriculum: Daily Living Skills, Personal Social Skills, Pre-vocational Training and Occupational Guidance and Preparation Modules.
Seacoast Academy offers a very structured, therapeutically based level system. Student’s privileges are based upon their performance in the areas of: attendance, academics, behaviors and counseling.
Students are formally evaluated on their behaviors and academic work completion and are reinforced on an hourly basis. Students are active participants in biweekly goals meeting with their Seacoast Academy team where they are strongly encouraged to appropriately advocate for themselves as their levels are determined.
During each goal period, students work on IEP goals to determine their eligibility for biweekly trips into the community. These trips act as positive reinforcement for mastery of their goals in addition to an opportunity to generalize skills in the larger community.
Examples of trips are: hiking, lunch at Hard Rock Café’ or Fire and Ice, laser tag, bowling, Boston Museum of Science, etc.
|7:15-7:35||Breakfast / Community Meeting|
|Date of Trip||Activity||Cost / Details|
|September 14, 2018||Coppal House Farm Corn Maze and Ice Cream||$6.00|
|September 28, 2018||Deerfield Fair||$5.00 Ticket
Additional $$ for food and games
|October 12, 2018||Hiking||Location TBD|
|October 26, 2018||Boston’s Freedom Trail||Lunch money only|
|November 8, 2018||Hiking / ABLE||Location TBD|
|November 30, 2018||Blitz Trampoline Park|
(includes required jump socks)
|December 14, 2018||Hiking / ABLE||Location TBD|
|January 11, 2019||Tubing or Ice Skating||$8.00|
|January 25, 2019||Hiking / ABLE||Location TBD|
|February 8, 2019||Lunch at Great Buffet||$8.00|
|February 22, 2019||Hiking / ABLE||Location TBD|
|March 14, 2019||Blitz Trampoline Park|
(includes required jump socks)
|March 29, 2019||Hiking / ABLE||Location TBD|
|April 12, 2019||Franklin Park Zoo||Price TBD|
|May 10, 2019||Hiking / ABLE||Location TBD|
|May 24 2019||Hilltop Fun Center||Price TBD|