Grove School is located in Madison, CT. It is a private, special education school that serves 99 students in grades 7-12. Grove School is coed (school has male and female students) and is nonsectarian in orientation. The school belongs to the Other school association(s).
In 2010, Grove School had 4 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Connecticut average is 13 students per full-time equivalent teacher. Learn more about Grove School's students and teachers.more
This school uses discredited therapeutic approaches (Freudian based) lacking in empirical support for their population; akin to using snake oil for strep throat when penicillin is available. The school can exhaust the family's entire savings leaving nothing to deal with for the future and funds will be needed because your "graduate" will need a life of support. Grove does little or nothing to prepare the student or family for life's future challenges. Probably due to their obsolete theoretical orientation that does not view skills training favorably, they don't help parents/ families develop necessary skills to understand their child's behavior, improve family interactions or to assist their child in a positive way. They do get kids through high school with a diploma so they hold your child well and provide expensive hobbies and recreation to them (on your nickel...100K) But, because they do nothing to help the family understand how to deal more effectively with the student, they set the family and child up for a life time of failure after "graduation". .They place graduates in unrealistic college situations; fail to provide follow-up. It is one thing to have clout to get kids into college (apparently the directors are able to get kids into school). it is a far different thing to equip children and families with the skills to deal effectively with the rest of their life. Grove does not do that. Kids leave totally unprepared to deal with life and responsibility is returned to parents who are as unprepared and unable to cope as they were when they dropped their kid off at a $100,000 high school. If the goal is ditching your kid for a few years to a place he/she can pursue expensive activities (scuba diving, polo..well maybe not polo but everything else), Grove may fit the bill. If you want excellent therapy, education, skills development, family involvement, future planning and you want to be able to reintegrate him/her into the family, Grove is not the place for your child. For 100K, shouldn't a school be forced to provide state of the art treatment that has empirical support? Scarcity of excellent alternatives by desperate parents may make Grove seem to be a possibility especially by parents more concerned with today's meltdown than what may happen tomorrow. Let me tell you from experience, tomorrow will be a whole lot worse and more expensive if you choose a school that does not educated parents and help families cope more effectively as a unit. This school is a disaster if that is your goal.
by a Parent
on Dec 7, 2012
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