The Bishop Connolly High School is an integrated program that aims to prepare students with moderate to severe disabilities to be productive citizens in their local communities. The program hours are 7:45-2:15 pm with a 220 day schedule, and there are three classrooms in this location. Students receive the following related services as part of their weekly programming: speech and language, music therapy, counseling, occupational and physical therapy, and adapted physical education as indicated in each student's educational plan. Transition programming is the cornerstone of the curriculum at this site. Students participate in community-based vocational, recreational, and independent living activities each day. In addition, the classrooms are an integral part of their host high school and students participate in many school-sponsored activities. Students also provide services to the school through their school-based vocational activities. The three Bishop Connolly classrooms have an average enrollment of 8-12 students and students are supported with 1:3 staff-to-student ratio.
In addition to the large vocational and community-based component, students receive classroom based instruction designed to support their community learning and to address functional academics linked to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, modified to meet the individual abilities of students. Students in 10th grade participate in the MCAS Alternate Assessment, while Rhode Island students participated in the Multistate Alternate Assessment (MSSA) and Rhode Island Alternate Assessment (RIAA) for Science.
220 day school year
Average class size: 8-12 students
Average staff-to-student ratio: 1:3
Number of classrooms: 3
Bishop Connolly High School
373 Ellsbree Street
Fall River, MA 02720
Lisa Fournier, EdD
Special Education Administrator