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Spring Harbor Academy

Spring Harbor Academy is a special-purpose private school that is part of the Developmental Disorders Program and located at Spring Harbor Hospital. The Academy provides 30 hours a week of year-round programming for the students.

Utilizing experts in special education, behavioral psychology and analysis, child psychiatry, speech and occu­pational therapy and nursing, the Academy seeks to provide the greatest outcomes for its students.

Facility Highlights

Spring Harbor Academy has three classrooms serving up to 12 students. The Academy has access to a kitchen, art room, gymnasium, cafeteria and an outdoor playground. Buses from the Westbrook School Department are used weekly for community integra­tion and educational learning trips. The goal of these outings is for students to practice and demonstrate the self-regulation skills they learned within the secure hospital setting at the community locations they visit.

While the students are patients in the hospital they become “residents” of the City of Westbrook and have a transfer Individual Education Plan (IEP) meeting scheduled by the West­brook School Department within 10 school days of their admission to the Academy.

Program Highlights

The length of stay in the hospital is based on medical necessity as it relates to unsafe behaviors by the child to self or others. The average length of stay is 40 days. Each child’s primary treatment plan and educa­tional goals are supported through the consistent implementation of the Individual Educational Plan and a Positive Behavioral Support Plan.

At Spring Harbor Academy, academic tasks are coupled with sensory, behav­ioral and communication strategies to assist the students in learning healthy coping strategies to increase their independence and ability to access their educational programs through improved emotional regulation.

Spring Harbor Academy works diligently with each child’s home school to ensure the student’s successful transition after leaving the hospital. The home school is contacted during the hospital stay and invited to observe the child’s behavioral plan during the hospitalization. At dis­charge, a copy of the plan and supporting materials is sent to the home school.

For information,

contact Bruce Chemelski, Ph.D.

Clinical Director, Spring Harbor Academy at (207) 842-6533 or


Spring Harbor Hospital

123 Andover Road, Westbrook, Maine 04092


From I-95, take Exit 46 toward ME-22/ME-9/Jetport/Congress St. Past the toll booth, turn left at the traffic light onto Skyway Drive. Skyway Drive becomes Hutchins Drive. Continue on Hutchins across

Congress Street. Turn left onto Andover Road. Spring Harbor Hospital is straight ahead. Visitor parking is to the right of the building.Spring Harbor Academy applies the Developmental Disorders Program’s multi-disciplinary approach to stabilizing challenging behaviors so children can reach their educational potential.


Intake Line: (207) 761-6644 | Toll-Free: 1-844-292-0111 | Administrative Office: (207) 842-7700