Special Education

Serving eligible students (grades 9-12) and (ages 18-21) by providing special education and related services, determined by an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and developed by the local education agency (LEA). The program offers options in the least restrictive environment; a strong case management model to support both families and faculty; and services, accommodations, and modifications to help students succeed and reach their potential.

The drop-down boxes below offer descriptions of NFA’s Special Education Programs.

Contact:
Lisa Wheeler, Director
Student Services
wheelerl@nfaschool.org
860-425-5630

ABLE: Activity Based Life Education

ABLE meets the needs of students identified with multiple disabilities.  Students enrolled in ABLE develop the independence, self-confidence, and socially acceptable behaviors to meet IEP goals. In a highly functional curriculum with hands-on activities and mainstream experiences as appropriate, students reach their greatest level of independence and functioning. In addition to academic skills, ABLE emphasizes daily living, occupational skills, and personal and social development. 

ACES: Alternative Curriculum for Educational Success

ACES serves students with emotional and/or behavioral disabilities that impact social relationships and academic progress.  The program offers students the social, emotional, and behavioral supports to experience academic success. Specially designed courses include English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Career Education, Contemporary Concerns and Independent Study. Strong counseling with a program-assigned school psychologist is a critical component with a behavioral point system.

ILS: Independent Living Skills Program

ILS meets the needs of students identified with an intellectual disability who would benefit from a functional academic program. ILS emphasizes basic academics, and daily living, personal, social and transition skills. The program teaches and develops the skills and behaviors necessary for students to become positive, independent, and confident functioning members of society. As appropriate, students have opportunities in a variety of “unified” courses within the general education setting to partner and work collaboratively with their non-disabled peers.

PACE: Program for Academic and Career Education

PACE is a skills-based program for students with specific learning disabilities or other exceptionalities who have had long-term reliance on special education supports and programming and require more explicit instruction in core content areas. Curricula focus on functional life, social, emotional, and vocational skills for student success leading to adult independence, positive citizenship and community membership.

Resource Program

RESOURCE provides services based upon student need as determined by the IEP. A teacher/case manager supports academic and transition instruction and co-teaches in various core content areas with general education teachers. The Resource program supports students enrolled in general education classes while assisting them to develop a transition portfolio for their post-secondary goals. 

305 Broadway, Norwich CT 06360 | Phone: (860) 887.2505

Since 1856, Norwich Free Academy has adhered to the philosophy of its founder to "return to our hamlets and our homes its priceless freight of youthful minds, enriched by learning, developed by a liberal culture, refined by study of all that is beautiful in nature and art, and prepared for the highest usefulness and the purest happiness"

Founder, John P. Gulliver,
NFA Dedication Ceremony (1856)

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