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Middle & High School

Academics at Cedarhurst

Students attending Cedarhurst are working to meet the requirements of their referring school districts.

Classroom Settings

Two types of classroom settings are available to students at Cedarhurst. Our mainstream program most closely emulates a regular high school setting. Students move from class to class for different subjects with different teachers over the course of periods in the day. The self-contained program is available for those students who need more intensive academic and behavioral supports. There is a teacher’s assistant available in the self-contained classrooms and in both settings the class size is small. The curriculum is designed using the Connecticut Core Standards and meets with state approval. Our staff communicates regularly with personnel from referring districts to ensure the appropriate credits are received to meet graduation requirements.

Middle School Program

There is a separate middle school curriculum which prepares students for the demands of high school including improved study skills and increases in homework.

High School Program

Students in the high school program who are college bound are scheduled in college prep courses with a full range of classes including higher Math and Sciences such as Algebra I & II, Advanced Math, Statistics, SAT/ACT Preparation, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Electives such as Psychology, French, Spanish, History through Film, Art and Creative Writing round out class offerings. High School seniors may be eligible to attend a college course at Albertus Magnus College or Gateway Community College in the Spring semester with support from Cedarhurst staff.

Career Track

Students preparing for a job or vocational career upon high school graduation may be placed on the Career track exploring programs for training in a field of their choice using Career Cruising which is an online, in depth career profile and research tool.

Transition Services

Transition services are available to meet individual needs in the areas of education, self advocacy skills, and community and functional living skills. Cedarhurst works closely with referring districts and families to prepare students for transitions back to their home schools (when appropriate), as well as to vocational training programs, post-secondary education and the world of work.