HEC Academy

HEC Academy is a public day program that has been approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), and enrolls up to 40 students in grades 8-12 who range in age from 13-22. Academy students are individuals with average to above-average intelligence who have been diagnosed with learning disabilities and/or social, emotional, and behavioral disorders.

Academy students have demonstrated the need for more intensive levels of academic, social, and emotional support than public schools can provide. HEC Academy is not an appropriate placement for those students who have regularly demonstrated physically assaultive or aggressive behavior. To support our students, HEC Academy offers a highly-structured, consistent, and emotionally supportive environment in a 2:1 student-to-teacher ratio. The Academy utilizes therapeutic supports and a behavioral management program based on positive reinforcement contingencies in which students earn rewards for pro- social behavior. Throughout each day, students receive support through appropriate staff role modeling and skill building, and each enrolled student participates in weekly individual and group therapy sessions with a licensed CES therapist during school hours.

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Therapeutic Services Available: 
Adaptive Physical Education (APE), Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Vision Services

Parent Support Program: HEC Academy administrators, clinicians, and teachers maintain frequent and ongoing communication with parents and guardians, the sending district, and any other ancillary support staff.

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Primary Population/Disability: 
Emotional, Health, Specific Learning
Other Population Served: 
Autism, Communication, Neurological, Substance Abuse
Type of Program: 
Public Day
Ages Served: 
13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Grades Served: 
8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Contact Person(s): 
Sherry L. Smith, M.Ed.
Director of Special Education
HEC Academy
228 Pleasant Street
01060 Northampton , MA
United States
Massachusetts US