Quick Facts



For over 75 years, The Grove School has been serving adolescents and their families as a small, independently owned and operated therapeutic boarding school on the beautiful Connecticut shoreline. We are a therapeutic milieu for students with social, emotional and learning challenges that have impacted the quality of their lives. We provide a seamless program of sophisticated clinical services, college preparatory education, and diverse activities that focuses on personal growth and the development of meaningful relationships.

  • Program Type: Therapeutic Boarding School
  • Established: 1934
  • Location: On 90 acres in a residential area of the shoreline community of Madison, CT. 1 hour south of Hartford, 2 hours from New York and Boston. Easily accessible by plane, train and I-95.
  • Grades: 7–12 on the main campus, Post-graduate in the Transition Program
  • Capacity: 105 residential students; 21 day students (approximately 60% boys, 40% girls) Transition Program enrollment is 12
  • Ages: 11–18 on campus; 18-23 in the Transition Program
  • Students served: We have a heterogeneous population of students across the diagnostic spectrum.

— All students have average to above average intelligence.

— We do not accept students with a history of violence or physical aggression, students with substance addictions or conduct disorders.

— Common diagnoses include: Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, ADD/ADHD, OCD, Tourette’s Syndrome, ODD, Eating Disorders, NVLD/Asperger’s Syndrome, PTSD, Learning Disabilities, Borderline Personality traits

  • Average length of stay: Two years
  • Calendar: 12 month school year with four 2 week vacations
  • Accreditations/Licensures: CT Dept of Ed, CT Dept of Children and Families, NATSAP, AACAP, WFMH
  • Clinical: Contextually-based psycho-dynamic psychotherapy that is rooted in a relational model
  • Staff: 16 clinicians, 5 Psychiatrists and 1 APRN (who also deliver psychotherapy) PhD psychologists, LMFTs, LCSWs, and Art therapists
  • Therapy: Individual sessions twice weekly; Group sessions once weekly (themes include adoption, divorce, social skills, DBT, nutrition, Art and Recreation Therapy); Family therapy sessions once a month (at a minimum); Community meetings once a month
  • Health Center: 5 RNs who staff the Health Center daily until 10:00 pm
  • Related Services: Speech and Language Pathologist on staff for social pragmatics, speech and NVLD related issues, Nutritionist on staff for individual and group sessions
  • Special Programs: Art Therapy, Therapeutic Recreation, EMDR, DBT, affiliation with Yale Child Study Center, internships and residencies with Southern Connecticut State University, Yale University and Albertus Magnus College


_MG_7539_296x250.jpgCollege-preparatory curriculum that is aligned with the State of CT standards

  • Teaching Staff: 30 Content and Special Ed certified teachers and teacher’s assistants. Teacher/Student ratio: 1:4.
  • Courses: Range from 6 AP courses to remediated instruction in core academic subjects. Electives in the Arts, Music, Spanish, and many others such as Botany, Marine Biology, Creative Writing, and Current Social Issues.
  • Special programs: Wilson Reading Program, Touch Math Program, Study Skills Course, Supervised Study Hall, Block Scheduling, SAT and ACT preparation courses, National Honor Society

Residential Activities


  • Dorms: Houses organized by gender and age. 6 to 10 students per house, 2 to 3 students per room.
  • Staff: 2 Teacher/Counselors per dorm who provide 24 hour care along with support from Care staff. Each dorm is overseen by a Residential Campus Administrator.
  • Clubs: Over 20 choices per semester including Yearbook, Student Council, Painting, Biking, Photography, Community Service. Students are required to join at least two clubs.
  • Athletics: Competitive co-ed teams in Soccer, Basketball, Softball and Baseball. All students are eligible to join. Other club sports include yoga, horseback riding, running, tennis, boxing, and rock climbing. Twice daily trips to local fitness center.


  • Arts:

— Fine arts: painting, drawing, screen-printing, ceramics, video production and photography

— Performing arts: Dance, drama, vocal and instrumental music. 3 large dramatic productions yearly; 2 plays and 1 Broadway musical performed for the Grove campus and the local community

— Music lessons: Piano, drums, voice and guitar lessons are offered on campus.

  • Excursions daily: Fitness center, concerts, movies, sporting events, plays, museums, community events
  • Technology: Internet access in a supervised Media Center. Students may bring personal computers, Ipods and other small electronics to campus. Cell phone use permitted under structured guidelines.
  • Alternative Site Therapeutic and Educational Experiences (ASTEE): Yearly service trips to international and domestic locations, Schooner sailing trips off the New England coast, Caribbean trips, camping and ski trips to Vermont and Adirondacks
  • Weekends: Many structured activities in the community and on-campus. Students may go home on planned weekends, as determined by their treatment team in conjunction with families.

Other Features

  • Advising: Each student has an advisor who coordinates the treatment team, meets with student several times a week, and has weekly contact with parents.
  • Parent Workshops: Offered 6 times throughout the year. Psycho-educational workshops on topics specific to treatment with group process time for support and networking.

Transition Program

  • Enrollment: 12 students (8 male, 4 female) and 10 staff members
  • Residential: Students live in 3 staffed homes (24 hours) in the community, close to Grove campus. Transportation is provided.
  • Program: Individually tailored programs that include independent living skills, employment, volunteer work, community college course work, vocational/trade schools budgeting, nutrition and wellness.
  • Clinical Services: Twice-weekly individual therapy sessions and medication management
  • Activities: Cultural and arts events, resume workshops, fitness center trips, individualized hobby development, community activities

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