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 and occupational therapists, behavioral assistants, physical education/health, work study, 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.
Fostering Creative & Critical Thinking
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.
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.
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 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.