Academics at New Haven
School can provide a powerful context not only for academic learning, but for social development, improved self-esteem, and emotional growth. We view our education program, therefore, not only as preparation for college and/or work, but as an important part of a holistic treatment approach. Our teachers take part in weekly treatment team meetings so that academic goals are supported in the treatment environment and vice versa. The result is a truly integrated program in which learning is supported in all New Haven environments.
Because every girl possessed a unique constellation of academic strengths and weaknesses, our approach to academics is highly individualized. Some New Haven girls come to us having always enjoyed and performed well in school. For these girls, our program focuses on academic, social, and intellectual preparation for college. Our complete, college preparatory curriculum – including honors level courses – allows girls to build a strong transcript for college admission. We also challenge these girls to move beyond themselves to assist other students academically in a spirit of service and sharing.
Other New Haven girls arrive having struggled academically for years, perhaps due a learning disability, social issues, or the distraction of an emotional problem. For these girls, our academic team creates a challenging but manageable program of skill building, accommodations, self-advocacy training, organizational skills, study skills, and remediation if necessary. In this environment, many girls are surprised to discover a deep enjoyment of learning and are soon able to move from remediation to more intensive college preparation.
New Haven school is fully accredited by the North West Association of Schools and Colleges and the Utah State Office of Education; our teachers are credentialed by the Utah State Office of Education with core subject area specialties in math, history, English, and science.
Initial Student Assessment
As each student enters New Haven her academic ability, progress, and goals are evaluated. Our education team assesses student transcripts and identifies grade level and any deficient credits. We focus first on making up deficient credits to get our girls back on schedule for an on-time graduation whenever possible. Academic testing is done within the first month of admission and includes the WIAT-II, WISC IV, or the WIAS, and the WJ III (if needed).
New Haven's education goal is to get our students back to grade level – in terms of credits, skills, and content knowledge – so they can transition smoothly to another school setting or college.