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Program Options

Intensive Program

A goals- and objectives-specific program: For students age five to 21 who are displaying multiple problematic behaviors (such as aggression, self-injurious behaviors, tantrums, non-compliance, property destruction, etc.). This program, in general, focuses on decreasing the frequency and intensity of the inappropriate and problematic behaviors, while increasing communication and teaching greater independence with activities of daily living. This is done through a comprehensive and individualized behavioral intervention plan and individualized education program (IEP) that provides consistency and carries over across all environments, 24 hours a day.

Due to the complex diagnoses these students often have, this program also addresses the health and well-being of each student with a comprehensive medical component. The psychology and medical departments work closely together to address and meet these specific needs.

In addition, small classroom sizes and low student-to-staff ratios create an environment that offers structured and personalized learning opportunities. Heartspring students also benefit from having their own bedrooms in the residential setting. All students have the option to participate in music class, adapted physical education, Special Olympics, community outings and other various activities. (If appropriate, the Day-Only option is available.)

Day-Only Program

Heartspring's Day-Only program includes a seven-hour school day and operates Monday through Friday following the school calendar of the referring school district. All Heartspring day-only students have access to the same IEP team members and resources our residential students have access to (see above). Day-only students do not live on the Heartspring campus and return to their home at the end of every school day. It is suggested that for students to be enrolled in this program the commute, one-way, does not exceed 30 minutes. Exceptions may be made, if appropriate.

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English Goals


Students demonstrated gains in English Language Arts Skills.

Math Goals


Students demonstrated gains in Math Skills.

Health Goals


Students decreased or maintained the number of prescribed psychotropic medications

*During the 2015-2016 school year.