Our Mission and Philosophy

For over 75 years, students have engaged in
Grove School’s therapeutic milieu with
individual psychotherapy that is rootedin a
relationship-based model.

A view of the Grove School campus
in the 1940s.

The Grove School administration in 1981.
Dr. Jack Davis (second from right) served
as Executive Director for over 30 years.
Dr. George Olshin (far right) remains and
active part of the school as a consultant.

Originally built as a dormitory, the
Academic Annex was built in the
late 1960’s.



Our philosophy of a wholistic treatment program, embedded within a creative and individualized academic program, has evolved over the years with input from the varied backgrounds and experiences of its owners, as well as many important professionals who have contributed their ideas, interests, creativity, and hard work since 1934. The program is very different from other Therapeutic Boarding Schools that fall within this general category.

The Grove School was founded by Dr. J. Perlman in 1934. Dr. J. Sanford Davis was Executive Director from 1955 – 1986. Richard Chorney became the Executive Director in 1986 and then President and CEO in 2000. Peter Chorney took over the responsibilities of Executive Director in 2000.

The Grove School is a family-run organization with continuing day to day involvement in all aspects of the program. The Grove School is a proprietary corporation with a Board of Advisors representing many fields of expertise including medicine, education, business and law. We are also proud to have former parents and former students as Board members.

The Grove School is approved by the Connecticut State Department of Education and accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). We are also licensed by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families. We are members of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), the International Society of Adolescent Psychiatry (ISAP), the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP), and an affiliate of the World Federation of Mental Health (WFMH). We also support the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). Grove School is SEVIS approved for international students.