Troubled boys, ages 11-17, come here from around the country to get help. We provide therapy and 24/7 care for boys with social, emotional, behavioral, or educational difficulties brought on by adoption, trauma, family discord, or disability.
This therapeutic boarding school located in rural Connecticut serves boys ages 11-17, from around the nation. We help boys who are experiencing social, emotional, or behavioral issues, or learning impediments and disorders like Attention Deficit and ADHD. We are a nonprofit agency that has been serving children and families since 1922. In 2009, we adopted Cornell University’s CARE Model. Our therapeutic program’s partnership with Cornell University is designed to guarantee a level of excellence for the boys in our 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
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
Social Anxiety Disorders
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD)
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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 therapeutic boarding school environment fosters positive change, growth and a pattern of successful experiences. We do “whatever it takes” to ensure our students’ success.
Middle and high school aged boys at Waterford 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.
We believe the great outdoors is not just educational, but it makes a great setting for healing and growth.
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.
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.
Our location in Southern Connecticut provides many rich opportunities for activity, exploration and mind stimulating fun!
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.
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.
I can’t thank the school enough for changing my life from being a troubled teen to being the best parent I could ever be. I knew that everybody there, was there to help me.
I had the privilege of living here for almost 2 years. I’m thankful to the staff that were there, they helped me be the person I am today!
This is where I learned how to ride a horse, a skill I continue to enjoy, but also learned to love computers and technology which is now my profession. This school saved my life!