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Excellence in Special Education

The students are served by our Connecticut State Board of Education approved private school—The Levine Education Center. The Levine Education Center is a co-educational school with certified special education teachers. Every student is unique. We look closely at each student’s needs and strengths to give them opportunities for growth and success. One period of every school day is spent on the farm, giving students meaningful work and powerful daily interaction in nature. With a student to staff ratio of less than two to one, we are resourced to provide the support necessary for students to succeed in the classroom as well as vocational areas on our campus.

  • Small class sizes (ratio 2:7)
  • Residential and day students
  • Farm activities every day
  • Animal therapy every day
  • Individually tailored
  • Developmentally focused
  • Relationship centered


Waterford Country School Therapeutic Boarding Program adopted Cornell University’s CARE model in 2009. Our children have had tremendous success with this treatment approach, which applies resources to treat underlying causes of behavioral health problems, rather than implement behavioral consequence. We do not blame children for not thriving- we look for and treat the cause.

If your child has struggled in programs designed to shape their behavior to the detriment of education and general involvement, Waterford Therapeutic Program offers an alternative. Our only goal is to create an environment which fosters positive behavioral change and establishes a pattern of successful experiences.

We work individually with each student to find the services they might need for their specific behavioral challenges. Waterford Country School Therapeutic Boarding Program’s compassionate educational and clinical staff include:

  • Special education teachers
  • Instructional aides
  • School Psychologist
  • Clinicians
  • One to one specialist
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech and language pathologist
  • Reading specialists
  • School nurses
  • Family, individual and group therapists
  • Medication management and psychiatric care services

We Offer Individual Care and Tutoring

Students enrolled in our school have struggled with a number of social, behavioral or mental health issues. We educate students coping with learning difficulties, anxiety, depression, and behavioral concerns. Students who have been diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum have also found success in our program.

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Therapeutic “Hands-On” Learning

In addition to the educational opportunities in our modern academic setting, all students spend at least one period each day in the therapeutic setting of our farm, assisting staff in our wildlife rehabilitation area, exotic pets’ sanctuary and treatment center, or caring for our domestic farm animals. Or, they could be exploring our trails, hills and streams while leading or riding horses for animal-assisted therapy. Find more information about all that our natural setting allows our students on the Adventure page.

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