Special Purpose Private School K-5

Our Special Purpose Private Schools currently teach children in Kindergarten – 5th grade who require more specialized support than their home school district may be able to offer.

Our instructional methods are based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). A behavior analytic approach ensures that we will employ techniques that have an established record of positive results, regularly measure each child’s progress, modify instruction, when appropriate, to ensure continued progress. The program utilizes the following curricula for academic instruction and social/emotional learning:

  • Saxon Math Program
  • Fountas & Pinnell – Level Literacy Intervention
  • Lucy Calkins – Units of Study for Teaching Reading
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Social Thinking
  • Zones of Regulation
  • Safer Smarter Kids
Program Goals

Our program goals include working closely with families to set goals for instruction and ensure consistency between home and school.

  • Close gaps between a child’s current level of development and the levels of same-age, typically developing peers.
  • Help each child master cooperation, attending, communication, imitation, social, play, self-care, and pre-academic skills he/she will need to be as independent as possible.
  • Facilitate transition to student’s least restrictive environment.
  • Manage unwanted behavior in a positive manner by building skills to replace that behavior.
  • Work as an active member of the child’s education and clinical team.

Programs are currently located in Waterville, Westbrook and on the Pineland campus in New Gloucester.


Referrals for this program come through school districts. SPPS placements are an IEP team decision and follow Maine’s Special Education guidelines.

FMI Contact

Charissa Fortier, M.Ed, LCSW, BCBA
Director of Early Childhood Services and Special Purpose Private Schools
(207) 878-9663, x 4204



“It has been amazing to see my son grow. He is able to communicate with me better and has learned so many strategies for controlling his emotions. The teachers really care about the kids and go above and beyond to help them.” – Woodfords Parent