Strafford Learning Center – Charles Ott Academy

351-317 Main Street, Somersworth NH 03878

Tel:  603-692-4411

Contact Richard Boardman, Program Director at

Charles Ott Academy serves 16 male and female students from grades 8-12.  The half day program runs for 180 days out of the year.  Students include those with learning problems due to serious emotional / behavioral disabilities, learning disabilities, speech and language impairments, other health impairments.

The referral process is initiated by school district special education directors.

Charles Ott Academy offers immediate and flexible placement in an environment that follows a rigorous and challenging credit-earning, individualized, curriculum.  Each 1/2 day session is highly interactive, experiential, and rooted in the project based learning philosophy.  All curriculum is competency-based with credits being awarded in content areas enabling students to work towards a diploma from their sending high school or through Dover Adult Learning Center.

Charles Ott Academy is intended to be one component of a student’s educational experience.  Some students will maintain a partial course load at their local high school.   Others may be involved in a  highly individualized program through a menu of options, including but not limited to, extended learning opportunities, work based learning, internships, and on-line learning opportunities.  All students will develop personalized learning plans that lead to high school completion.

Posted July 25, 2012 by nhpsea

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