Cedarcrest School, certified by the New Hampshire Department of Education as a special education provider, is a year-round component program of Cedarcrest Center. The School serves up to 20 students, ages 3-21, most of whom are residents of the Center.
At Cedarcrest School, our program is built around New Hampshire’s Curriculum Frameworks. In each of the school’s three age-grouped classrooms, we adapt the general program to the specific goals of each student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). Our staff collaborates with each student’s parents or guardians and with special educators in the student’s home school district, as well as with other providers, in developing the IEP.
We integrate physical, occupational, and speech-language therapies with each student’s educational program throughout the day, including focus on sensory stimulation, large and fine motor skills, and activities of daily living. We further adapt each child’s program to include appropriate augmentative communications systems and mobility devices. In addition, we make use of an array of educational technology resources, including a SmartBoard, touch-screen computers, and iPads.
Each year we document student progress through the New Hampshire Alternate Learning Progressions Assessment (NH-ALP).
Several children who live at home with their families around the Monadnock region of New Hampshire attend Cedarcrest School as day students because they need a specialized education program with integrated nursing support and therapy services. Because Cedarcrest School is in session year-round, day students have an opportunity to participate in an extended school year program specifically tailored to meet their needs.
Cedarcrest School is directed by a certified special education administrator and each classroom is staffed by a certified special education teacher with support of education assistants. In addition, licensed nursing assistants (LNAs) provide support for students throughout the day.
Cedarcrest School responds to inquiries from families and accepts referrals from local school district staff with the informed consent of a student’s parent or guardian.
For most students, enrollment in Cedarcrest School is concurrent with admission to Cedarcrest Center for residential medical care; for residential and day students, admissions decisions reflect a thorough review of a child’s educational, therapy and medical needs.