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Glenhaven Academy

Private School | Grades 8-12
56 Framingham Rd 58
Marlborough, MA 01752
(508) 481-8077

About This School

Glenhaven Academy is located in Marlborough, MA. It is a private, special education school that serves 28 students in grades 8-12. Glenhaven Academy is all-female and is nonsectarian in orientation. The school belongs to the Other school association(s).

In 2010, Glenhaven Academy had 6 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Massachusetts average is 14 students per full-time equivalent teacher.

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Glenhaven Academy Reviews

By , a Parent on

Our daughter has been enrolled in Glenhaven since August 2010. This placement has been the exact opposite of other placements we have encountered. She is treated as a child with severe emotional issues and trauma related illness, rather than a conduct disordered girl who needs to learn to follow rules. The focus has been on helping her feel safe. The staff ratio has been outstanding (1:1 some of the time) and the philosophy that she is a hurting child who needs to feel better is shown through all the staff, from the director to all the direct care staff. I believe this placemement will help my daughter feel safe in the world again.

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I have been working at this Academy as a nurse for over a year and really appreciate how individualized the care is for each student. The team does a great job advocating for each students needs, and preparing invidualized plans to help each student obtain the skills they need to further their education and growth in all aspects of their lives. The nursing team has a great understanding of the student's diagnoses, and because of that, are able to provide them with the appropriate level of care that they need and deserve.

Reviewed on

As a former employee of Glenhaven Academy I was given the solid training and skills that allows me to run one of the states most well known and successful residential schools in the state of Massachusetts.  I gained much knowledge and insight on how to work with emotional and behavioral adolescents by the intense training hours and guidance from the staff and administration team at Glenhaven Academy.  Without this, I would not be in the position that I am in today.  Glenhaven Acacdemy is truly committed to each and every student who walks through their door in an effort to give them the skill set and an identity which they will need to be successful when discharged.

Reviewed on

Having worked at Glenhaven for over five years, I have had the privilege of seeing first hand the numerous ways that students are taught, encouraged, cared for, and supported.  The opportunities for students to interact and grow both on campus and off are truly amazing.  Our students do community trips to museums and festivals, engage in skill building trips to the bank or post office, and of course just be kids at the movies or the mall.  On site, they engage in music lessons, cooking, physical activity, running their own cosmetology and dance groups, and pretty much anything else that inspires them.  We are also part of a therapeutic sports league, which encourages physical activity, team work, and positive attitudes.  In addition, staff are constantly trained in competency, relationship building, teaching skills, sensory techniques, and much much more, in order to be as supportive to our students as possible. Our students are creating their own identities, learning skills and building competencies to assist them in moving forward.

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I have worked at the van der Kolk Center/Glenhaven Academy for two and a half years, and am proud to be an employee. We provide an individualized, trauma-informed approach to helping kids better manage emotions, connect with others, and feel good about themselves. I have worked with adolescents in other residential and school settings, and am proud to work with such a passionate, dedicated and caring group of individuals. This is a place where kids who have failed in other placements come to have success.

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Glenhaven has an outstanding facility for students with learning and social challenges. The staff, teachers, and administrators seem to go out of their way to make the students feel welcome and connected to the program. In my experience with this school, the feeling is that of a family like atmosphere where everyone cares for everyone and people feel connected to eachother.

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Glenhaven Academy is also known as The van der Kolk Center Glenhaven Academy. The program serves 30 students from all over the country including MA, CT, RI, VT, OH, PA, KY and NH. 22-24 students reside in our on campus residential program at Glenhaven and 6-8 reside in our off campus independent living program called Lanewood. Both programs are therapeutic and provide students with academic, residential and clinical services including trauma informed practices. We as a program utilize ARC as a treatment model which allows us to individualize for each kid.  

I have been working in the program for over four years now and can say with conviction that we are leaders in providing kids with state of the art treatment. The program as a whole is warm and inviting. The staff are well trained and are provided with consistent supervision. The living spaces are home like and colorful and I welcome any prospective parent to come and visit at any time. I am the Program Director and I can be reached at (508) 481-8077 ext. 233 or please visit our site at

And... Yes, we do run out of bread on occasion!! : )  

By a Former Student on

Glenhaven Academy is a wonderful school that provides exceptional services for the students as well as their family. They strive to make necessary accommodations to ensure that each student is successful when they leave. They also have a sensational sports program that gives the students the opportunity to succeed and feel a sense of accomplishment.

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I have had the pleasure to work at Glenhaven for a total of 5 years now, and it has been the best 5 years of my professional career. It is refreshing to work with individuals that are as caring and willing to go that extra mile for our students. Not a day goes by that we as a team do not review what we are doing for our students, and how we can improve as a team to meet their ever changing needs. The educational department is as strong a team as I have seen in my time in education both public and private sectors. The residential team works literally day and night to assure our students are safe, engaged, and not forgotten about. There isn't enough that can be said at what an incredible place Glenhaven Academy is, and the amazing people that work there.  

By , a Former Student on

I was a student at Glenhaven and all the teachers and staff were so nice. They helped me graduate and gave me encouragement when I was feeling sad. I now have a job and am taking night classes and doing really well.

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Glenhaven Academy is a great place to work and for a family with a special education child to send their kid. The staff here are well trained, knowledgeable about educational needs and understand many of the accoumodations needed for children with IEPs.  In addition to providing an excellent education, the staff here truly care about the residents of Glenhaven academy. They are not trying to just discipline the students, but understand their particular academic or emotional challenges, and make sure they provide the best care possible. The staff are constantly receiving additional trainings to enhance their skills and the management team serves as an excellent resource to the staff.

Reviewed on

I worked here and the school is lacking to say the least. They don't hire qualified personel. The girls constantly "lose privleges" (mind you by not cleaning ) so wouldnt be allowed outside. 98% of the time these girls are stuck in their rooms. They are not allowed to tape anything to their walls (except for on a small square foam board) so the walls are like an insane asylum- white. The food was usually cold, they'd run out of forks, bread etc. Yes, some of these girls can be violent but I found most of them just needed a mentor, someone who cared. Seeing a counselor once a week (if that) isnt enough for these girls. Its no wonder some of them would try to run away. Ive witnessed superiors take advantage of their power because there is no one to hold them accountable. Superiors definately need more supervision.

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