Strafford Learning Center – Charles Ott Academy

317 Main Street
Somersworth, NH 03878
Paul Newell, Program Director
Phone: 603.692.4411
Fax: 603.692.6717

Population Served:

Students with learning problems due to serious emotional/behavioral disabilities, learning disabilities, speech and language impairments, other health impairments.

School Profile:



Approved grades:


Number of days open: 



1/2 day



Location and Facilities:

Somersworth, NH – the school is located in the historic Canal Street Mill building

Admissions Procedures:

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

Programs and Services:

Charles Ott Academy offers immediate and flexible placement in an environment that follows a rigorous and challenging credit-earning, individualized, curriculum. Each ½ 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 designed 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 online learning opportunities. All students will develop personalized learning plans that lead to high school completion.

Additional Information:

History and Philosophy: