Solterra Academy Specialized Day School New Britain, CT

LEADING STUDENTS TO NEW HEIGHTS

ABOUT

Support is our priority

Our Academy

Solterra Academy provides comprehensive special education for students ages 5 to 21 who require intensive intervention due to severe emotional, behavioral, cognitive, developmental and/or learning challenges. The school is designed to provide a high level of structure and support, as well as an integrated array of services to address each child’s unique profile.

At Solterra Academy, family involvement and support is a priority. Counseling, parent education, and 24-hour crisis intervention services are provided.

I Heart You Solterra Academy Leading Students to New Heights
Brightening Students Lives So they Can Retrun Back to Normal

LEADING STUDENTS TO NEW HEIGHTS

Our Goal​

The goal of Solterra Academy is to foster independence in all aspects of the students’ development so they may be successfully transitioned back to their home school district. We believe that children can realize their potential, given an environment that is supportive, developmentally appropriate and geared to specific individual needs. We are dedicated to the development of a sense of cooperation, self-motivation, adjustment and academic accomplishment for each child.

Solterra Academy is approved as a special education facility by the Connecticut State Department of Education.

Our Services

Individualized clinical services for each student
Individualized resource instruction in reading
Diagnostic educational evaluation

Intellectual/cognitive testing

Speech/language evaluation and therapy

Occupational/physical therapy evaluation and treatment
Vocational education, including community job shadowing
Individual transition planning

Integrated use of technology within the curriculum
School consultation and community training
Music and art programs
Extra-curricular activities and family events

Our Services

Individualized clinical services for each student

Individualized resource instruction in reading

Diagnostic educational evaluation

Intellectual/cognitive testing

Speech/language evaluation and therapy

Occupational/physical therapy evaluation and treatment

Vocational education, including community job shadowing

Individual transition planning

Integrated use of technology within the curriculum

School consultation and community training

Music and art programs


Extra-curricular activities and family events

Our Approach To Leadership

Team Approach

The strength of Solterra Academy's approach to providing quality education for children with special needs rests on the interdisciplinary team model and a low student-to-staff ratio. Teams are comprised of certified special education teachers, licensed clinical social workers and psychologists, speech and language pathologists, occupational and physical therapists, vocational education teachers, physical education teacher, pediatric/school nurses, assistant teachers, instructional tutors and classroom aides. A child/adolescent psychiatrist is available for medication evaluation, consultation and medication management.

Certified Special Education Teachers

Classroom instruction is provided by certified special education teachers. Most of our teachers hold Masters Degrees in Education and all of them specialize in teaching children with special needs. They are knowledgeable in the Common Core State Standards and strive to facilitate these important skills throughout the entire school day so that our students are ready for the challenges that face them in their public school districts or in the community following graduation.

Administration

Members of the administrative team at Solterra Academy have expertise in the areas of curriculum and assessment, educational diagnostics, special education law, positive behavior interventions and supports, trauma-based care and child/adolescent psychology. This dynamic team of educational and clinical administrators works together with staff, students, parents and school districts to ensure quality programming for each child enrolled in our school.

Our Administrative Team

Gwen Killheffer, Ed.D.

Principal and Chief Administrator

Patricia R. Fitzgerald, Ph.D.

Clinical Director

Christine Smith, LCSW

Clinical Coordinator

Sharon J. Edricks, M.S., C.A.S.

Assistant Principal

Nicole Haeseler, M.Ed., C.A.S.

Assistant Principal

Anna Maria Martin, M.Ed., C.A.S.

Assistant Principal

Developing a culture of engaged, self-disciplined, collaborative, and creative thinkers.

We want to help your family and your school district inspire students to transform low performing behaviors. Contact our team now to learn more about our positive behavior support programs.
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