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.

National School Lunch Program Information

Availability: Woodfords’ K-5 Special Purpose Private School Program participates in the National School Lunch Program enabling students to receive free and reduced lunch. All students enrolled in the agency’s K-5 Special Purpose Private School Program are entitled to participation in the lunch program.

Rights & Responsibilities: Students enrolled in Woodfords’ K-5 Special Purpose Private School Program are eligible and entitled to participate in the National School Lunch Program at no cost to the family. Upon enrollment, the family will be informed of their child’s eligibility and asked to complete the NSLP Application for Free and Reduced Lunch form. It is the families right to elect to participate in the program or decline participation. It is Woodfords responsibility to inform all enrolling families of the availability of the National School Lunch Program and coordinate application submission and on-going service delivery.

 School Lunch Program Application

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

Nondiscrimination Statements

The Maine Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, religion, ancestry or national origin. Complaints of discrimination must be filed at the office of the Maine Human Rights Commission, 51 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0051. If you wish to file a discrimination complaint electronically, visit the Human Rights Commission website at https://www.maine.gov/mhrc/file/instructions and complete an intake questionnaire. Maine is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English.  Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible State or local Agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by: mail, fax, or email.

Mail:U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights,1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.