PACE School in West Springfield provides a private, coed educational environment for students who have been unable to succeed in a public school setting because of learning disabilities, behavioral and/or emotional difficulties. Students are given the opportunity to grow educationally, emotionally, socially and physically through the various services we offer. Our work is accomplished through:
- A stimulating, engaging, safe and nurturing learning environment.
- Achievable goals for each student who may have encountered failure when exposed to other educational settings.
- Advocacy for what is believed to be in the best interest of the student.
- Provision for sound IEP’s that offer strong basic skills and vocational training enabling students to either gain credit toward or obtain their high school diploma.
Educational Curriculum includes English, Language Arts, Math, Science, Reading, History, Health, Physical Education, Woodworking, Foreign Language and Computer Science. We provide experimental and hands-on opportunities for students to learn critical academic subjects. Interdisciplinary projects are often quite effective engaging students resistant to traditional teaching techniques. Our integrated curriculum is in alignment with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.
Integrated into the PACE School curriculum are a wide variety of extracurricular activities such as ski trips, rope courses, interscholastic basketball and softball, wrestling and a literacy program in which students are allowed ot visit nearby pre-schools to read stories to younger children.
Therapeutic Services are offered to all students individually by a Master’s level clinician. Additionally, students may participate in groups and discussions dealing with anger management, conflict resolution, alcohol and drug abuse, teen dating and domestic violence.
Other program highlights include:
Bilingual staff trained in behavioral management techniques
Outreach program to increase student attendance
Full size gymnasium with weight training
Daily breakfast and hot lunch program
Referrals are required for enrollment at PACE School. We present a unique service in the region, with appropriate alternative educational services for youth with serious learning and behavioral concerns. If you know someone who needs an alternative, please contact a school administrator at (413) 737-2679.