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Struggling Boys

The Therapeutic Boarding School Just for Boys Who are Struggling

Discover real help for your boy on the autism spectrum or if he has social, emotional,
behavioral or learning differences. From around the country, boys come here to learn to succeed.

Excellence in
Care Since 1922

Waterford Country School’s Therapeutic Boarding Program in rural Connecticut serves boys ages 11-17 from around the country, who have social, emotional, behavioral and learning differences. We are a nonprofit agency that has been serving children and families since 1922.  In 2009, we adopted Cornell University’s CARE model.  Our partnership with Cornell University is designed for families of children with challenges, who are seeking another route to personal and academic success.

Expert Counseling and Care

Master’s level therapists lead the children in intensive individual, group and family therapy.
Our Clinical team is skilled in treating adolescents with a variety of challenges. Including, but not limited to:


Autism Spectrum Disorders


Generalized Anxiety & Trauma (PTSD)


Depression & Mood Disorders


Learning Differences or Disabilities


Conduct Disorders


Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)


Social Anxiety Disorders


Personality Disorders


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)


Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)


Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD)


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We Help 
Boys Succeed

We believe all children want to succeed. If they are not successful in the classroom or at home, we want to help. This is our approach to caring for children. Our goal is to create an environment which fosters positive change, growth and a pattern of successful experiences. We do “whatever it takes” to ensure our students’ success.

The students are served by our Connecticut State Board of Education approved private school—The Levine Education Center. Parents and children can anticipate classroom sizes of 5-7 students, guided by Certified Special Education teachers and arranged strategically by learning style and ability.


Adventure Therapy

Adventure Therapy

We believe the great outdoors is not just educational, but it makes a great setting for healing and growth.

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Relationship Building

Relationship Building

Our staff make the most of their time with our students, building relationships and personal skills in the boys as they cook breakfast and dinner together, take care of their spaces, and enjoy leisure and adventure time.

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Athletic Fitness

Athletic Fitness

We offer a Fitness Challenge trail, hiking trails, basketball courts, a baseball field, state of the art gymnasium (with weight room), gardens and a plethora of outdoor and indoor activities for our students.

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Local Connections

Local Connections

Our location in Southern Connecticut provides many rich opportunities for activity, exploration and mind stimulating fun!

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Milieu Therapy

Milieu Therapy

Our students enjoy the animal-assisted therapeutic setting of our farm and wildlife rehabilitation center.  Animals assist our staff in providing a platform for learning how to care for the wildlife, pets, and our domestic farm animals.

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The CARE Model

The CARE Model

Waterford is an early adopter of Cornell University’s CARE model for therapy; a treatment approach which applies resources to treat underlying causes of behavioral health problems, rather than implement behavioral consequence.

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Helping Boys from Around the Nation. Contact Us Today!