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Academics

Spire’s individualized model enables core academics to be enriched by a variety of interdisciplinary and elective courses, depending on a student’s interest. Such electives have included computer science, environmental studies, mixed media art, and music theory, among many others. Across the curriculum, Spire’s goal is to create a supportive and collaborative community where every student can be a successful learner.

Curriculum

Spire’s academic curriculum, which is aligned to the Connecticut Core Standards, is taught by a passionate group of a subject area and special education certified teachers.  Spire recognizes that students develop the confidence to take on challenges when academic expectations are high and obtainable.  As such, Spire offers standard, honors, AP, and UConn ECE coursework to effectively challenge our students in the classroom, while providing the skills and emotional support to be successful in their independent learning.

 

We appreciate that high standards, quality curriculum, and an individualized approach to student learning and skill development best prepare our students for life after Spire.

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Senior Internship

During the last month of the school year, seniors have the opportunity to engage in an unpaid work experience outside the classroom to benefit from the exploration of career options, hands-on learning, journaling, independent decision-making, and a myriad of skills helpful in a student's transition to life outside of Spire.
 

Following their internship, all participating seniors present at our Senior Symposium to describe their on-the-job experiences with our staff and students. This is a wonderful opportunity for our seniors to reflect upon and communicate about their internship placements and to provide their younger peers with ideas and motivation for their educational and career goals.

 

Arts & Music

The arts provide an alternative means of self-expression and can be of particular interest to students who are coping with emotional challenges. Our instructors work with students of all abilities to build knowledge and skills in areas related to the visual and performing arts:

•    Drawing

•    Painting

•    Sculpture

•    Printmaking

•    Individual instruments

•    Music theory

•    Photography

•    Digital media

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InSPIREd Summer

Our summer program provides students a highly individualized educational and therapeutic experience. Our program consists of academic coursework, elective classes, and executive function skills in the morning and therapeutic group work in the afternoon.  The summer session is tailored to an individual student's academic credit, content, and/or skill-based needs, as well as therapeutic goals. 

For additional information or to enroll in Spire's Summer Program, please contact our Director of Admissions, Dede LeComte or our InSPIREd Summer Coordinator, Chelsea Horblitt.

 

Post Graduate (PG) Program

In some cases, students’ learning has not concluded upon graduation and with the receipt of a diploma. Further academic, clinical, and career exploration is beneficial, even necessary, prior to stepping out into the world of work or college. To this end, we offer an individualized Spire School Post Graduate program for any student who has completed high school, yet would benefit from additional support prior to taking the next step into higher education or other transitional avenues. 

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