Arch Bridge School
The Arch Bridge School (ABS) at Wellspring is a Private Special Education School serving children in grades 1 -12, accredited by The New England Association of Schools and Colleges and approved by the States of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. ABS has earned multiple commendations from the State of Connecticut’s Department of Education. The school offers core academics and college preparatory courses, allowing students to meet their unique academic objectives while in Residential Treatment or in our Therapeutic Day School. The Arch Bridge School has a long history of success in serving children with emotional, psychological and learning vulnerabilities and issues. ABS staff stays in close relationship with school districts and partners with parents to facilitate each students transfer back to their communities and local schools.
Core academics are taught in small groups by certified teachers, and supported by mental health and behavioral specialists.
- Core Academics: English, Math, Sciences, Social Studies
- Complement Offerings: Art, Land and Animal Program, Physical Education, Study Skills
- Character Building Groups Including: Goal Setting, Drug Awareness, Anger Management, Socialization, Problem Solving and Stress Reduction
- Bi-Weekly Parent Support Group (Middle School/High School)
- Summer School available to ABS students and students from local schools
Emphasis in school is placed on providing a positive learning experience, resolving school-related issues, and preparing the student to return to his or her home school better able to function successfully. The therapeutic dimension of the program offers a comprehensive exploration of the student’s individual uniqueness while developing self-reliance, problem solving skills, socialization, and the ability to manage anger and stress. The fundamental approach of the school is to develop a personal relationship with each student and family, within a clearly defined structure of expectations. Parental involvement is an essential component of the program. Parent Support Groups provide instruction and guidance to enhance parenting skills and offer an opportunity to share information and experience with others.
The Arch Bridge School accepts day and residential students.
Arch Bridge School Calendars for the 2014-2015 school year:
Arch Bridge School is offering a 2014 summer program for current and incoming ABS high school and middle School students from July 7 through August 1. The hours are 8:30 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. Approved New York State students may attend July 7 through August 15 from 8:30 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. (There will be no summer program for the elementary school this year.) For more information please contact Ralph Scafariello, Director of Education at 203-266-8031.
Funding for the Arch Bridge School may be provided by the home school district or a governmental agency. Parents may also assume financial responsibility for educational costs.
The Arch Bridge School at Wellspring is a member of the Connecticut Association of Private Special Education Facilities (CAPSEF), and is approved by the Connecticut Department of Education as a nonpublic special education program and accredited by The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) as an independent private school.