From the first class in the morning to the last class in the afternoon, from afterschool programming to residential living, the daily Crotched Mountain School experience is always dynamic and engaging. Core academic work is supplemented by life skills education and clinical services.
Crotched Mountain School offers three tiers of learning, all tailored specifically to meet the student where he or she is in her development:
- Vocational and life skills, designed to strengthen independence
- A hybrid of life skills education and functional academics built for real-world applications like budgeting, identifying signs, and reading medication bottles
- Learning track for higher-functioning students, a complete curriculum with the goal being achievement of a high school diploma that is accredited through the New Hampshire Department of Education
Whether the lesson is about tying shoes or completing a complex algebra problem, course-work is always created with the student’s goals at the center.
At Crotched Mountain School, clinical and therapeutic services are available on-campus. Counseling, behavioral consultation, OT, PT, Speech and Language, Music Therapy, Equine Therapy, and Recreation Therapy—it’s all here, and all woven into the day-to-day student experience.
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Art and Music Classes
No carts here. Crotched Mountain School features two fully-functional rooms devoted to art and music. Our art classroom has everything you’d expect: paints, brushes, clay, papier-mache, even a working kiln! And just down the hall in the music classroom, students can sing in chorus, choreograph dance routines, play a variety of instruments, polish their talent show presentations, and rehearse the musical numbers for this year’s play!
For students looking to develop real-world skills to prepare them for adult employment, Crotched Mountain School’s vocational programming offers a hands-on approach to learning. Whether it’s prepping lunch in our kitchen or managing inventory at the school store or packing delivery orders at the warehouse or crushing cans at our recycling center, students have access to a variety of on-the-job experiences, all geared toward an independent, fulfilling future in their communities.
Crotched Mountain’s Farm School program offers a “get-your-hands-dirty” approach to learning the ins and outs of all things agriculture. Our year-round greenhouse gives students the chance to seed, water, grow, and harvest and the nearby chicken coop is a premium egg collection destination. Students also learn how to run taplines, collect sap, boil, and make authentic Crotched Mountain New Hampshire Maple Syrup!
A gymnasium with a full court. A brand new bouldering wall. Huge fields for field games. A baseball diamond. The opportunities for high-quality physical education abound, and these accessible activities are core to the Crotched Mountain School daily experience.
When class lets out, Crotched Mountain School students continue their learning at their on-campus residences. Together, with their peers, students enjoy a shared-life experience, carrying over the school day’s lessons and clinical services to afternoons, evenings, and weekends at home. The residential experience also includes off-campus trips, continued development of life skills and ADLs–plus, plenty of fun like shooting hoops, catching a movie, or chowing down on a cheeseburger at the Memorial Day block party.