Harmony Hill’s on-campus school provides a safe learning environment for all residents and students in our day treatment programs. Regular and special education certified teachers work in close collaboration with resource, speech-language, occupational therapists, behavioral assistants, physical education/health, work study, and art and music teachers forming a comprehensive faculty under a Special Education Director. Psychological testing, Office of Rehabilitative Service testing and additional academic testing and services are coordinated according to the individual education plan and treatment needs.
Harmony Hill provides a Kindergarten through Grade 12 special education and regular education certified school program by the RI Department of Education. Individualized and differentiated instruction is provided to each student to maximize their learning for understanding, to help make connections to the real world, and actualize potential. Harmony Hill believes that failure is not an option and each individual has the opportunity to be engaged in a rigorous and positive learning environment.
The education program is designed to develop each individual’s skills in self-regulation (response inhibition and self control of behavior), critical thinking (self-awareness and social thinking), and creative thinking. Education curriculum is focused on executive functioning skills in children and adolescents to help develop skill in planning, organization, time management, working memory, sustained attention, task initiative, flexibility and goal-directed persistence.
Our student government is peer-elected annually, with high leadership expectations for sustaining membership. Representatives are coached by faculty leaders, and challenged to model citizenship and act as role models for peers. Government-led projects have included fundraising for specified organizations or events, walk-a-thons, poster contests and a variety of service projects, giving back to the community.
Our campus school participates in the nationally recognized school-wide positive behavior support program (PBIS). This is a decision-making framework used to guide selection, integration and implementation of evidence-based academic and behavioral practices for improving outcomes for students. Our PBIS motto, reinforced among all disciplines, is PRIDE: Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Diversity and Excel.
All students participate in itinerants including art, music, physical education, health and technology classes. Additionally, high school electives are assessed and planned annually, and have included woodworking, outdoorsman-ship and the stock-market game. Like our residential philosophy, we believe that exposing students to new academic experiences helps identify strengths and develop new talents.
The collaborative problem solving method is used to help adolescents who have fallen behind in the number of credits required for high school graduation. The student, our faculty, his local education agency, family and clinician create an individual plan, as a team, to help the adolescent reach his academic goals. One-on-one assistance, computer course work and organization coaching can be worked into a student’s plan for credit recovery.
The RI Department of Education licenses our campus school for grades Kindergarten through 12.
For some students, development of vocational skills is preferred over college preparatory curriculum. Our work study program provides the academic course-work necessary for high school graduation along with intensive employment training opportunities either on or off campus. On-campus jobs provide intensive support and supervision necessary for success, and can include work on buildings and grounds with the facilities department, food service work with kitchen staff or horticulture work in the agency greenhouse. Off-campus employment can include food service in local nursing homes or restaurants, clerking at grocery stores or small business experiences. Strengths, interests and treatment goals are all are assessed to determine appropriate work study placement.
Our full year program affords all youth a therapeutic educational setting grounded in Harmony Hill School’s trauma-informed treatment model. Individualized and differentiated instructions is provided to each student to maximize their learning and help them reach their full potential. We are excited to expand our work with the gay and transgender (biological male to female) populations in our Day Treatment Programming.
For more detailed information regarding our Day Treatment Program here at Harmony Hill School please refer to our Day Treatment Program Brochure.
2016 HHS Day Program Brochure
Several students work as ‘members’ of the Facilities department weekday afternoons. Helping to maintain our grounds increases pride and ownership in their living environment, while building handy-man skills that are useful for a lifetime. Parental consent is necessary for use of small equipment as a pre-requisite of Facilities placement. A Campus Recycling Coordinator is also elected to support this element of our green efforts.
Current employers working with us include local supermarkets, florists, and camps.
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