Giant Steps Connecticut

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School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other associations(s) for exceptional children
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-12

Student Body

Total Students33 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade Giant Steps Connecticut Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers8 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio4:1
National avg.: 13:1

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Southport
    The Southport School
    The Southport School Photo
    Special Program Emphasis
    Grades: K-8 | 110 students
    1 miles
    214 Main Street
    Southport, CT 06890
    (203) 254-2044
    1 K-8
  • Cos Cob
    Grades: NS-12
    17.8 miles
    399 East Putnam Ave, 2nd Floor
    Cos Cob, CT 06807
    (203) 340-2914
    17.8 NS-12
  • Fairfield
    Grades: NS-4 | 83 students
    1.8 miles
    148 Beach Road
    Fairfield, CT 06824
    (203) 254-8208
    1.8 NS-4
  • Fairfield
    St. Catherine Academy
    Special Education School (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-12 | 17 students
    4 miles
    760 Tahmore Dr
    Fairfield, CT 06825
    (203) 540-5381
    4 PK-12
  • Greenwich
    Eagle Hill School
    Eagle Hill School Photo - Eagle Hill School's Campus
    Special Education School
    Grades: K-9 | 265 students
    20 miles
    45 Glenville Road
    Greenwich, CT 06831
    (203) 622-9240
    20 K-9

School Reviews

I could not be happier with the care that my son has received since he first started attending this school. In the beginning, leaving him was extremely hard given our naivete and full understanding/acceptance of his diagnosis and the fresh memory of his rejection/nonacceptance in the public sector. I was welcomed to "drop-in" unexpectedly until I felt secure that he was in the best place for him. I was always happy with what I saw. The children were engaged in activities, having quiet moments to reflect, learning ADLs and Vocational skills. Everything is at their own pace and level of ability. Digging in the garden, singing, making bird feeders, painting, riding bikes, wiping the tables down, baking muffins... Actually, better than a "normal" school or home or playground environment because there isn't the looming "hurry up and get it done" mentality. Our 21st-century concept that "more is better" and we have to multitask to be successful. Like we're all rushing to "get through it" so we can catch a bus. Giant Steps actually nurtures each individual child. They don't push for the destination. They allow the child to enjoy the ride. And, while I have personally witnessed the occasional major "behavior" I have never seen a staff member overreact or mishandle a situation. They would surround and instinctively safeguard the child, separate him from the other students and diffuse his anxiety. It was done so proficiently that were you not immediately in the area to witness the "behavior" you would have no idea that there had been a meltdown. I only wish that I had the same expertness when my child was first diagnosed. There would have been far less frustration and fewer tears for both of us. These people have the patience of Job and the wisdom of Solomon. I trust them implicitly with my son and they have helped me become the parent he needs. There is always positive reinforcement and lessons are given in visual, audible, tactile modes. No one is distracted or frustrated with material because he hasn't been reached or because he is bored. The lessons are geared to the child's skill set. My son learns best with is hands and can become very emotional or completely disengaged when he is overwhelmed. Giant Steps picked up on this immediately and lessons were geared to his tactile nature. He is constantly challenged and can't wait to go every morning. He has grown beyond what I would have believed possible. They have steered us through some rough waters; what with puberty, medication changes, bouts of sickness, you name it. Thank God for Giant Steps!
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