The curriculum and instruction methods used at Mainspring Academy are as varied as the population we serve.

We strive to individualize each students program by customizing the curriculum presented to their academic and social level.  We understand that every learner is unique and requires ongoing assessments and progress monitoring to support their growth in learning. Several research-based curriculum programs are used. Our experienced faculty provides modifications, accommodations and individual supports to ensure that each student is making gains in every aspect of  their school experience.

Mainspring Academy aims to provide standards-based instruction to all students.   Although students are exposed to the Common Core Standards, individualized instruction is utilized to accentuate strengths and provide remediation for academic deficiencies. The teachers and staff at Mainspring Academy are well versed in implementing various prescriptive programs that have been designed to focus on individual needs.

At Mainspring we offer both academic and functional curriculum tracks.  Our two primary curriculum are:

Unique Learning System

The main curriculum for Mainspring Academy’s educational foundation is the Unique Learning System (ULS). This curriculum provides differentiated academic materials for educators to match the specific learning needs of our students. ULS is a standards- and-researched based special needs curriculum that is intended to reach a wide range of learners from prekindergarten to high school. Crossing the academic domains of reading, language arts, social studies, math and science, ULS provides curriculum that helps our educators create an engaging learning environment for all types of learners at Mainspring Academy.

Styer Fitzgerald Program for Functional Academics

The Styer-Fitzgerald Program for Functional Academics is a complete K–Transition Program which provides a comprehensive approach to teaching real-world skills to students with mild, moderate, and severe disabilities including autism. It is specifically designed to meet the needs of students with a variety of developmental disabilities. The skills targeted in the Curriculum have been chosen for the explicit purpose of increasing your child’s level of independence in order to enable access to his/her community. (, 2019).

In addition to our main curriculum, we offer the following curriculum as a supplement for students who need further individualization:

PCI Reading Program

The PCI Reading Program is a scientifically research-based curriculum created specifically to teach students with developmental disabilities, autism, and significant learning disabilities to read.  This 3 leveled system focuses on repetition and “hands on” practice in level 1 and 2, and and graduates the student to independent reasong in level 3.

Early Literacy and Learning Model (ELLM)

The ELLM is a comprehensive curriculum program targeted for prekindergarten and kindergarten students. This curriculum encourages cognitive development through integrated content in the areas of literacy, math, science, social studies and the arts, as well as social-emotional development. This curriculum is highly interactive and provides many opportunities for students to engage in supported extension activities. It is designed to engage students in learning that will expand vocabulary understanding and comprehension.


Years of research support the Touchmath curriculum which takes a multi-sensory, intuitive approach to learning math. A step-by-step approach allows students to begin with a lot of visual support that naturally fades as they develop a comfort level with math. Simple graphics and materials help students avoid the “busy” look of some traditional math programs. Touchmath is designed for prekindergarten through upper grade students.