DEEP RIVER — In a written statement, the Connecticut Transition Academy at Deep River (formerly Mount St. John school), announced that it has expanded to make its alternative school services available to more Connecticut students. The academy’s Day School and corresponding programs are now all co-educational, and cover Grades 1 through 12 and beyond.
The Connecticut Transition Academy is a Connecticut State Department of Education-approved school, serving students with a variety of special challenges; including autism, emotional disturbance, language-based learning disabilities, and ADD/ADHD.
Students are referred privately by their parents/guardians, or by their local school districts due to social, emotional, and educational challenges requiring specialized instruction and behavioral health support, according to the statement.
“Our new name is truly reflective of the services we provide,” said Chief Administrator, Dr. Pamela L. Potemri in the statement. “Our highly individualized programs harness the strengths of the young people we work with, ensuring them the opportunity to transition to the next phase in their life.”
In addition to academic instruction, students receive developmentally appropriate social and therapeutic support. For young students, this encompasses becoming comfortable in social situations and learning relationship-building. Older students focus on completing high school requirements and building job readiness and independent living skills.
The Connecticut Transition Academy offers extended day and extended year programs, including summer camp and other enrichment opportunities, to allow students to maximize their progress. Students from every district are welcome, and the school also accepts private tuition.
“We emphasize restorative practices and renewed opportunity,” Potemri said. “Our students really own their progress. It’s a very respectful and healing environment. We’re grateful to be expanding our programs because the need for this kind of specialized instruction is evident everywhere.”