The mission of the FLEX program at Newtown High School is to provide a safe and challenging environment where students can achieve academic success.

Scientific Research-Based Intervention, or SRBI, is a method of educational intervention designed to provide early, effective assistance to students who are having difficulty learning.   This intervention seeks to prevent academic failure through early intervention, frequent progress assessment, and intensive research-based instructional interventions for students who continue to perform poorly.  There are three tiers of SRBI in place to ensure the academic growth and success of all students.  Core classroom instruction that is differentiated and utilizes strategies and scientifically research-based materials is the first tier and is found in all classrooms at NHS.  When students receive supplemental instruction outside of the classroom they fall within the second tier.  Tier 2 provides support in a small group setting with a specialized teacher.  Students are monitored for progress to determine if the intervention is working.  Students identified as needing more intense interventions would move to Tier 3.  More frequent and intense interventions occur in Tier 3 along with more frequent progress monitoring.  The FLEX department provides Tier 2 and 3 interventions.

More information regarding Connecticut's Response to Intervention can be found at the CT State Department of Education's website and SRBI: CT's Framework for RTI.


The FLEX department is comprised of two teachers and an educational assistant and is overseen by Kim Longobucco.  Each teacher individually case manages a student, working with that student's teachers, counselors and maintaining communication with parents and guardians. 

Social Studies: Colleen Kimball
Mathematics: Lisa Sheridan
Educational Assistant: Suzanne Schneider