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 school-day 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.
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.