Gateway Academy expands, opens 1st grade classroom

Gateway Academy announces the opening of a first grade classroom in the Academy’s Lower School.

Gateway Academy — a private school for students diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome or high-functioning autism — announces the opening of a first grade classroom.

According to a press release, the first grade classroom opened on Feb. 18 in the Academy’s Lower School.

“Gateway Academy looks forward to providing more educational opportunities for our younger Twice-Exceptional children who are on the autism spectrum,” said Gateway Academy Executive Director and CEO O. Robin Sweet said in a prepared statement.

“We have seen firsthand that early interventions are more likely to have major impactful long-term effects on a young child’s symptoms. Many of our students, who start in the Lower School, graduate from Gateway Academy’s High School and go on to attend and graduate from college.”

The number of students in the class will be capped at six, the release said, adding that the first grade class will be conducted in an “intimate environment,” with extensive student-teacher interaction.

Sarahfina Fore, who has worked with children on the spectrum for more than 10 years, will lead the class. She has a bachelor’s in special education and a master’s degree in ABA Therapy, the release noted.

The release stated that her class will incorporate various therapeutic approaches to learning including ABA therapy, play therapy, music therapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy, plus holistic focus on relationship-building.

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