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Franklin Academy offers a college preparatory program designed for students with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities (NLD), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and Asperger’s Syndrome (AS). We serve boarding and day students in grades eight through twelve, and postgraduates. Ninety-five percent of students live on campus, and they come to us from across the country and around the world. The school’s approach to education is non-traditional, and the innovative interdisciplinary curriculum has a primary focus on skill development and the mastery of competencies that enables our students to be successful in college and beyond.
Franklin Academy is located in East Haddam, Connecticut along the beautiful and scenic Connecticut River. Our 75-acre rural campus is situated next to the 700-acre Chapman Pond Preserve, which runs along the river. We are located halfway between Old Saybrook on the Long Island shoreline and Middletown, which is the home of Wesleyan University. We are 40 minutes to Hartford and New Haven and 90 minutes to New York City and Boston.
Teachers are the “heart and soul” of Franklin Academy, and we look for teaching professionals who are eager to serve bright, college bound students with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Our students are dedicated to learning, but they learn differently than typical students. For aspiring educators who want to learn how to teach, for veterans who want to learn new teaching strategies, and for every teacher who wants to make a positive difference in their students’ lives, Franklin Academy is a great place to live and work.
In our second decade of serving students with NLD, ASD, and AS, we have clearly identified personality traits that help our teachers thrive in this setting. First and foremost, abundant energy and a good sense of humor are vital. The ability to work collaboratively with colleagues is essential as we constantly engage in team teaching and interdisciplinary planning. To prepare teachers for working with our population, a personal willingness to participate in our comprehensive professional development program is a requirement of the job. Finally, strong organizational and communication skills are essential.
If you are interested in career opportunities at Franklin Academy below is information about our hiring process and openings for 2016-17.