Hurd Elementary Program

The Hurd Elementary Program at the Ripley School is a therapeutic day school that serves students in grades K-5 with a variety of social, emotional, behavioral, and learning needs.

The goal of this program is to equip children with the behavioral and academic skills needed to meet the day-to-day demands of a traditional elementary school program.

Program Features

  • Individualized academic and behavioral programs
  • Curriculum aligned to the Common Core Curriculum Frameworks
  • Small group instruction
  • Multi-sensory learning approach
  • Balanced literacy program
  • Weekly social skills group
  • Sensory education program
  • Augmentative and alternative communication systems, and assistive technology, to support student access to learning
  • Adventure-based learning
  • Pragmatic language and occupational therapy groups
  • Electives program including: project adventure, cooking, science, and arts & crafts
  • Parent activity group
  • Yearly school community events include: Thanksgiving brunch, holiday fair, yard sale, socials
  • Accepts 45-day placements
  • School Year: 180 days from August-June,  6-week Extended Year Program from early July through mid-August


  • Clinical/Mental Health
  • Nursing
  • Occupational and Physical Therapy
  • Positive Behavioral Intervention & Support (PBiS)
  • Speech and Language Therapy

Appropriate referrals include students ages 6-11 who:

  • Are currently on an Individual Education Plan (IEP)
  • Have cognitive abilities in the average range or above
  • Have significant learning disabilities, organizational, social, emotional, and/or behavioral issues that greatly impact academic performance
  • Diagnoses include: High-Functioning Autism, Asperger Syndrome, PDD/NOS or similar profile; Mood disorders (depression, bi-polar, or similar profile); Emotional Behavioral Disorders (EBD), including phobias, anxiety, conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, or similar profiles; ADHD; Sensory Integration issues.