Quick Facts


For over 80 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/Transition Program in the Madison community
Capacity: 116 residential students; 30 day students; Transition Program capacity 18 students
Ages: 11–18 on campus; 18-23 in the Transition Program
Students served: We have a heterogeneous population of students across the diagnostic spectrum.
Average length of stay: Two years
Calendar: 12 month school year with four 2 week vacations
Approvals/Licensures/Memberships:  CT Dept of Ed, CT Dept of Children and Families, NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges), NATSAP, AACAP, WFMH
Clinical: Contextually-based psycho-dynamic psychotherapy that is rooted in a relational model
Staff: 21 highly trained and experienced licensed clinicians 
Therapy: Individual sessions twice weekly; Group sessions once weekly (themes include adoption, divorce, social skills, DBT, nutrition, Art and Recreation Therapy); Open themed groups; Family therapy sessions once a month (at a minimum); Community meetings once a month
Health Center: 10 RNs and LPNs who staff the Health Center daily from 8:00AM to 10:00PM
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
College Credits on Campus: For adult learners, Grove has an on campus branch of Southern Connecticut State University delivering course work to teachers on the Connecticut shoreline who may receive a Masters in Special Education along with Special Ed Certification. Grove also has an affiliation with the University of Connecticut that awards college credits to seniors for courses delivered by specific Grove master level personnel in Spanish, Physics and History.