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7-12
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Madison, CT
Students enrolled: 104

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175 Copse Road
Madison, CT 06443

(203) 245-2778
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October 12, 2014
After the influx of five-star reviews (presumably by Grove School staff), my review was removed. Considering how defensive some of the posts below are, and how honest I was, it would not be a surprise if someone inappropriately reported mine in an attempt to maintain the school's reputation. Instead of reading these one star reviews and trying to fix the issues addressed, Grove pretends that they're a godsent. I think that says a lot.

- submitted by a community member
September 23, 2014
Great School!!!! I have referred many families to Grove and have not been disappointed. Grove effectively educates and treats students with emotional issues where other school have failed them. I find them to be a trustworthy, honest and transparent program, and I encourage anyone who is searching for this type of schools to see them for themselves! I am a former teacher and administrator and now I am an educational consultant helping struggling students find great schools to help them and their families. I pay a lot of attention to web sites like this because it bothers me when so few people can end up with a powerful voice to parents who are looking to find help with their child. I believe often times that when you see bad reviews posted by former teachers it is usually sour grapes or someone struggling with their own life issues. If you really want to get to know a program you should go see it and get a sense of the place yourself.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2014
Amazing place- helpful staff, nice facilities and a warm and caring environment. My daughter has been a student at Grove School for a year and we are so pleased with her progress. Prior to her entrance into Grove, we struggled and really lost hope in her future. We finally feel like we have our daughter back and our family is reuniting. There are not many places where you can find solid, college prep academics with the level of therapy and support that Grove students get. We feel lucky to be a part of this community.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2014
This is an excellent school for anyone looking to get help with their son or daughter. Their educational approach is sophisticated and they have a great set of staff who actually follow through with the commitments they make instead of just making empty promises. We had poor experiences with other programs but are very happy with this one. We have finally found a place that cares about the work they do as much as we care about our child.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2014
All these reviews posted in the last 24-48 Hrs have been by Grove School officials trying to bolster the reputation of this school on Great Schools. Please disregard them because they are not from real students or parents who are attending/attended Grove School.

- submitted by a community member
September 22, 2014
As a current teacher, I cannot believe the recent reviews. My sense is that those who are generally complainers will likely find something to complain about. Yes, we put in a lot of time here at Grove. This is exactly what I expected when I was hired. The impact that I am making on students has made the time I put in very worthwhile. Hearing the students speak at graduation puts it all into perspective. I got into teaching to change lives and I absolutely feel that being at Grove encourages that change. I am so appreciative that I was selected to work here. Besides the kids, I also find that the staff are high caliber, professional people. I really do not understand the recent posts. Personally, I try to stay away from those draining, negative people. Those people are better served changing their career path. Teaching kids with special needs is not for everyone.

- submitted by a teacher
September 22, 2014
My son attended Grove for two years and I can't say enough about how positive our experience was. Grove was the only school we found where are son could keep pace academically with his peers in public school while getting the high level of clinical attention he was in need of. As parents, we built great relationships with our son's adviser and the other faculty members and we trusted them to help guide our son and help advise us on how to help our son cope with complicated clinical issues. Grove helped our son and our family get back on track; I can't thank them enough..

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2014
I am horrified to read some of the recent negative reviews of Grove (that appear to be written by the same unhappy person). Grove School is a caring, nurturing, sophisticated place that cares about the students, staff and facilities. I would encourage anyone who is considering the school to come see it and experience it for yourself. As a staff member, I am proud to work for such an amazing place where relationships develop, strengths are honored, insight is gained and problems are addressed. I would encourage the negative reviewer to seek their own therapy and help, as clearly they have some unresolved issues.

- submitted by a teacher
August 22, 2014
Having been "on the inside" some years ago, this place has not changed much for the better. Staff morale is poor and it is very clear from your first interaction this is a "for profit" school -- your child's best interests are not at heart here. Many of the teaching staff are qualified, but burn out quickly from the long hours and poor pay (upward of 18+ hour days with minimal breaks). Likewise, few actually have a Special Ed background as there are more attractive jobs out there, meaning many needy students are stacked in classes with a teacher still "wet behind the ears" who has received minimal training. Professional development and communication are poor, often pushing "cover your tracks" over "do the right thing." Even if they say they don't get physical or demeaning toward students, trust me: they do. I worked there for 3+ years and was considered a "veteran" among the staff. There's a very good reason for that. The majority of staff your child will interact with daily here mean very well, but they are not in good hands while attending Grove School with the level of incompetence and nepotism at the top. Your money is best spent elsewhere.

- submitted by a teacher
August 22, 2014
Grove does not know if it is a treatment center or a boarding school, and performs poorly in either area. Your child will rarely get due time from their advisor or treatment team as the level of understaffing here results in several administrators advising nearly a dozen students and taking on several management roles (all of which are difficult to do in a 8 hour day. Many of the administrators burn out as quickly as the teachers). The facilities, frankly, "suck." Students' dorms are old and provide few amenities while the staff apartments are equally as poor, with some staff not even having a private bathroom or kitchen. Stealing and property damage are also common in the dorms with little action being done about either. Classroom space is cramped. And during "free time" students may wander campus unsupervised so long as they "check in," which is arbitrary as several students use this time to enter unsupervised areas of campus. Students have had sex in the bathrooms and the backwoods here without any staff knowing. The campus also sits next to I-95, where a student walked off campus while not being supervised and was hit by a car three years ago. Avoid this place.

- submitted by a community member
August 14, 2014
The Grove School has many marks of one of the great scams in education. I worked at Grove for two years, and saw just shy of 60 (!) staff leave the school. They babble about 'relationships', but how can kids form relationships if the teachers are constantly leaving, dissatisfied with the organization (or lack thereof)? Staff work crazy hours - and are constantly stressed, which leads to bad interactions. We're talking an alternating schedule of 60-96 hours a week, but are only paid for 40. A bunch of the students regress after leaving the structure of Grove - having not internalized it. And the tuition is astronomically frightening - over $100,000 a year to attend. Even if your child is paid for by your school district or state, most of the other kids are very spoiled brats. Not that the parents care - Grove is a place for many uncaring parents to dump their children who don't want to deal with their difficult behaviors. Communication is poor - the left hand never knows what the right is doing, and again, speaking as a staff, the facilities are pretty atrocious (two laundry machines for 24 dorm staff, one of which has been broken for 2+ years, paper-thin walls, etc.). Avoid it.

- submitted by a teacher
October 18, 2013
My son has been at the Grove school for three years. He is a complicated kid with Bipolar disorder and has failed in other academic environments. The Grove school has been a real plus for my son. He struggles academically, socially and emotionally. The school has intensive resources to work with my son holistically. More important than the independent disciplines that Grove has on campus, they have an integrative approach to the well being of the student. As parents we are very engaged with our son and school. The school knows in the importance of families and works really hard to maintain the continuity between the parents and the student. It is fair to say that without being in a intensive therapeutic environment, our son would probably fail in a traditional school setting. If you have a complex teen such as ours, and you can either get your district to pay for the tuition, or pay for it yourselves, you should definitely consider this comprehensive supportive environment. They are good people at the Grove School, and our son is definitely worth the investment. We are proud parents and supporters of the Grove School.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2013
Grove School has been a savior for our family and our child. I am saddened to read some of other reviews from people who areclearly unhappy because that it exactly opposite from our experience. We did a lot of research before selecting Grove and took our time in meeting with the admissions team before we decided to enroll our child. Communication is important to us, as we live on the west coast and we have found that our child's treatment team is responsive, caring and concerned and keeps us involved every step of the way. We have had some disagreements or questions along the way, but we talk them through and work as a team in the interest of our child. The academics are rigorous without being cut-throat. Our child is finally going to school- writing papers and engaging in learning. We can't say enough about the people who make up the community. They are truly dedicated professionals- take your time to get to know them and work with them and you will not be disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2013
Maybe if the child exactly fits the their profile it may be of some help just as even a blind squirrel will find an acorn sometimes. Otherwise, there are no redeeming qualities to this school. You would hope for the integrated approach that is touted on the website, the reality is you have to fight to get them to talk. Ask them if they have weekly meetings to discuss each child and their progress. Ask three different people the same question on something that is not "party line" and see how many answers you get. Try and determine who is really in charge of the any case. Try and find out who supervises the Therapy. You will reach your own conclusions.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2013
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- submitted by a community member
February 23, 2013
A school in which I have experienced poor administrative management. The lack of communication between advisers is obvious. A policy of "no" for everything than shows a lack of responsiveness rather engagement. The advisers are terrified about taking decisions and refer constantly to the director decisions. My experience is a policy that generates frustration instead of positive message to students. A school than did not met my expectation and that fails to help my child to progress.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2013
Advice to Grove School: Adopt recent approaches that have empirical support and dump the mysticism and the 1950s approach to therapy-for those educated in 195=40s and 50's retire! Involve families and help ensure that the child in the school is not further separated from the family. Educate family members, parents and siblings, so there is a chance the family can cope better with the problems Help parents realistically plan for the future.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2013
Everyone who sees my son, is completely impressed with the progress he's made at Grove in the past 18 months. He has friends and self-awareness.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2012
I have to wonder if the post from Dec. 7 is even about Grove School in Madison, CT since they do not offer polo or scuba diving as activities. I'm not sure where they would have gotten that from.

- submitted by a community member
November 26, 2012
As a parent of a child that needs something different, something out of the ordinary, I found that there are many people, organizations, and institutions that will gladly take my money and leave my child and me in the same place we started. Grove School was one of them.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2012
As a former student, I would highly recommend the Grove School. I attended the Grove School from 2004 to 2006 and I can say with great confidence that it had a huge impact on my life. I made lasting friendships, was involved in several extra curricular activities and really was able to find myself and my true purpose in this world. As for the academic comments, Grove is definitely geared more towards treating its students emotional issues but that is inevitable as most students were not even able to stay in school for a full day without having a meltdown or being to sit still in class. As for myself, I left Grove, went to a public high school, then to a great college and to a prestigious masters program in new York city. Currently, I have my master's degree at 23 years old so it is possible. With that being said, Grove definitely has a different affect on each individual person, but it had a lasting and profound impact on my life.

- submitted by a community member
June 06, 2012
I have a child at this school and I am disappointed with the level of availability of staff for emergent situations. This is a therapeutic boarding school and I wrongfully assumed they would be well equipped to handle emergent situations. During one of the school breaks we had a situation with our son. The emergency staff essentially said the school was on break and if we were concerned to bring our son to the ER. Even though they knew our son well, they did not want to enter into this decision making with us saying "we had to act in the best interest of our child" --whichbus why we were calling to behind with. It's certainly a legally protective position but not very helpful for us or our child. The staff feel like a small click rather than a working part of the parent team. They may simply be understaffed, bur i found communication extremely difficult . Only after we got our son into a "real" therapeutic school, did I appreciate how horribly they failed us.

- submitted by a community member
May 31, 2012
I am currently a student at The Grove School and am graduating this August. I have attended the school since July 2009 and have made tremendous progress both academically and emotionally. I have made lasting relationships that I will continue even after I leave this year with both staff and students. This fall I am headed off to college to study psychology and one day want to return to Grove as a therapist as it has made a incredible impact on me and I wish to help other adolescents like myself.

- submitted by a community member
May 31, 2012
I am a current student here at the Grove school in Madison. I arrived in April of 2011 not wanting anything to do with the community, therapeutic aspect or academics however shortly after arriving I felt like I was finally making progress. With the individual attention from staff and teachers that every student receives it is easy for children to feel at home and confident in their work here at Grove. As a least restrictive school, the students receive the help that they need but also the space to grow and learn themselves. Grove is a place where students can develop into mature young adults while still working on themselves and their academics. Grove is an inviting therapeutic school that makes its students feel at home and confident about their work both inside the classroom and outside in therapy.

- submitted by a community member
May 29, 2012
I am a student at the Grove School. This school is great for many different people. I have worried in the past about teachers being to hard on students, but here the staff are very familiar with all the pupils. Grove has a main focus on academics, but therapy is a close second. The staff are flexible with what you are working through outside of school, and can appreciate your struggles. Grove is not the perfect place for everyone, but for most it is very helpful. Grove has helped me become more comfortable with myself, and in social situations. I am very thankful to all of the staff members for helping me when i need it, and letting me grow when I don't.

- submitted by a community member
May 29, 2012
I came to Grove straight after spending 2 months in a wilderness program and it was the perfect next step for me. After wilderness, I was preparing to return to my competitive high school where I felt pressured and depressed. However, my parents chose to send me to Grove, and it was the perfect transition. The academics are not rigorous at ALL compared to my old school, so I have come to the conclusion that Grove is not exactly a "pre-college" school. It is more of a place to continue getting an education as you work on yourself. Grove doesn't teach you much in terms of college prep, but it DOES teach you about yourself. Therefore, I have found the programs helpful. If you are coming here, you need to have a good attitude, because you get what you put into it.

- submitted by a community member
May 15, 2012
I am a student here at Grove School. Grove School has helped me in various ways. The staff here are extremely supportive and are very encouraging. The staff try to accommodate to each individual's needs and they try to help us in every way they can.

- submitted by a community member
May 05, 2012
i attend the grove school currently and i am sad to say that it doesnt really live up to the hype. the academic cirriculum is weak, the activities aspect of the grove school is a complete joke. some of the upper adminastrators are really snoody and rude. the kids are complete jerks.and the place is a complete dump. the food is absaloutely putrid trust me im a student going here. so with that said. think long and hard before making the desision to come to the grove school!

- submitted by a community member
May 03, 2012
The staff of the school are manipulative, dishonest, even cruel at times. The food is horrendous, and largely the therapy is anything but therapeutic.

- submitted by a community member
April 23, 2012
I attended Grove 71-72. In those days it was a boys school. We we're a rebellious crew then to then they were rebellious times. Grove was not a one size fits all place nor was it ever meant to be. The school and it's philospohy was tailored around helping the individual. We came to Grove from situations that dysfunction had brought most of us looking to remedy. Progress was measured by regaining trust and learning skills social and academic. Not altogether an easy road for any of us as I remember. Grove staff was empathetic professional and caring. The world then and the world now is not that much different Grove is an equal opportunity school. Growth and change can be difficult Grove provides a environment that provides for reflection for goal setting and new beginnings.

- submitted by a community member
January 07, 2012
My child currently attends the Grove School and I am extremely pleased with all aspects of the program. Staff are incredibly dedicated, patient and committed to the students. Communication between the residential, therapeutic and educational staff is excellent and my child's advisor keeps me apprised of everything that is going on. The owners are very engaged with the students and parents and have created a warm, welcoming environment. Educators tailor the curriculum to each child's unique needs and keep trying new things until they find what works. They have an incredible array of clubs, activities and sports so that every student becomes engaged in extracurriculars that they enjoy. My child has not been easy and has challenged Grove's staff but they have been unwaveringly professional and patient. Most important, my child really likes Grove and feels accepted by classmates and supported by staff.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2011
Say what you want about The Grove School in Madison Ct. I love that school, I would send my son or daughter there in a heartbeat. I am Grove School Alumni, class of 1983.

- submitted by a community member
November 05, 2011
My daughter went to Grove for two years and learned absolutely NOTHING! When New York State came to evaluate her classes to determine whether or not the state should be paying for her "education," they actually wrote that she was teaching her classes! That was not comforting for a parent to hear, especially when they are paying close to $90,000 yearly for their child to go to school! GRADES ARE ACTUALLY BASED ON BEHAVIOR, NOT ACADEMICS, (which was terrible for her, given that she was academically talented). The teachers were literally right out of college-- terrible, no-name colleges-- and for the most part were special education teachers that had absolutely no experience out of the classroom (and because they went to easy, and often unaccredited institutions, this proved to be even more disastrous than it sounds).The place was a joke, both academically and therapeutically. It was the worst time of her life, despite the fact that she had a group of friends (not people she would ever have associated with if not for having been there) and supportive parents. The people there literally go on to do nothing with their lives. Do NOT send your child here!

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2011
i went to grove in jan 2010 to october 2010 i loved it unfortunatley i got expelled but i miss going there

- submitted by a community member
October 31, 2010
The school is a school which has good and bad factors however let s look at the ofsted report, it isn t grate however it is the best in Newark. The staff is friendly, approachable and incredible at teaching and engaging the students. If you want my opinion if you leve without a good GCSE or A level you should look at yourself not the school, don t fool yourself.

- submitted by a community member
August 05, 2010
No stars for this school. My son left there without his diploma and no relationship was allowed to resolve with his mother, who was not permitted to be part of his treatment. We are still estranged. They greatly hurt any possibility of resolving deep-seated problems. They took the money and ran.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2010
I was a student at Grove and was in the class of 1970 I see a lot has changed since then,I see they now except women egads in my days that would have been fun,wonder if Jack Davis is still alive he was the director when I was there,I don't think anyone from Grove School ever reads these postings

- submitted by a community member
no rating February 28, 2010
For parents who are considering sending their troubled teen to a therapeutic boarding school, I would highly recommend reading 'Help at any Cost' by Maia Szalavitz. As the mother of a child who spent 5 years in so called therapeutic boarding schools, including Grove, I regret that I did not know about this book at the time. Szalavitz is a journalist who has written a riveting and troubling book examining the troubled teen industry and how parents are manipulated in sending their children 'away' to become normal. It is unbelievably hard to know what is the best course of action to take with a difficult teenager but I think this book will help you make a more informed decision. Compared to the other school where my daughter had been, I would add that Grove was much better.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2010
I went to the Grove School, for almost three years as a student. I can now safely say the school is a joke academically, but not as much therapeutically. Don't get me wrong. the therapy there is nothing great, but it did help me to some degree. The school claims to be 'the least therapeutic' but since I left the school, it has gotten more and more strict. The bottom line is, the school is different not for everyone, it was OK for me, and I had a lot a great times while there but, I can not really recommend it. It is a lot better than say a school like Chamberlain, but sadly that is not playing much. If you are looking at there for your child, think strong and hard before you decide to enroll he/she there.

- submitted by a community member
January 06, 2010
As a former student and a current staff, I always find it interesting when I read negative reviews of the school. The reality is that Grove is not for everybody. One size certainly does not fit all. However, Grove's admissions committee does an excellent and thorough job assessing each and every students that applies. Likewise, not all the students they accept do well, (i'm sure that accounts for the negative reviews) however, most do, I'm an example of that and certainly not the exception. As I have kept in contact with many of my peers from my days as a student, most of whom are happy and healthy. At first glance will Grove's physical plant take your breath away? No, but if you have visited campus lately you would see that is quickly changing. Will Grove stand by their students/families and make every attempt to improve their lives? Yes, without question.

- submitted by a community member
December 22, 2009
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December 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2009
Grove did an awful job and the grade's were given to my son the teacher's don't teach they focus on thing's that are not relevant. Don't waste money that isn't needed.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
June 09, 2009
I am so pleased how my child is developing and blossoming into a strong young woman who is growing socially, emotionally and academically. Staff's patience, knowledge and guidance has made my child more self-confident, accountable and responsible in her day to day life. The academics have really been beefed up and those who are academically gifted can excel and those who need more assistance can get it. The therapists are very dedicated and I love the team approach! Very few schools keep parents in the loop and consider them part of the team. Grove has not only saved my daughter, but our marriage and our family. My child will never be cured, however, she has a much better understanding of self and what she needs to stay healthy. When she goes off to college she will know how to advocate for herself....thank you Grove School Milieu!

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 05, 2009
I just returned from a parent workshop and was so impressed with what the school is offering our son. The therapeutic component of the school is just as strong as the academics and activities. We are lucky to have a pretty active kid- he indoor rock climbs, plays soccer, and goes to the gym each week. While the campus is not the greatest, they are building a new school for September and frankly my son isn't there for fancy buildings. I would the staff to offer more opportunities to talk with other parents as that has been most helpful to us.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2009
My son has ben at Grove for the past three years. The program has been very helpful and he has learned how to express himself and control his anxiety. He is at the point of not getting much more out of the program going forward since the school is focused on therapy, not strong academics, real life experiances and is overly restrictive once the kids have reached a certain point. Once you're child has gotten the benefits of thereapy and is ready to move on, don't let them try to hold onto to them out of fear of change- this school has a specific purpose and after that, there isn't much benefit or preparation derived from overstaying there. The staff try hard but the campus is rundown and there is no gym and few physical outlets fora a population who really need a healthier diet and lifestyle.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2008
I attended Grove for nine months during my sophomore year of high school after spending six months at a residential treatment center in Utah. Prior to going to Utah and Connecticut, I had severe anxiety, phobias, and depression. At the time I entered the Grove School, I was not in a stable place and Grove did not help me to move forward in my life at all. The environment there is not healthy for adolescents who are in a fragile state of mind. The staff was young and inexperienced. It is just not a place I would ever send a kid who needs help, structure, and support. I ended up dropping out of high school my junior year not long after leaving Grove. I'm now a senior in college majoring in environmental science and I'll be a teachers assistant next semester. I found my path but don't send your kid here.

- submitted by a community member
May 18, 2008
After hearing about some of the reviews about Grove on this site, I feel compelled to comment. I am a teacher who worked at Grove School for 3 years and its a top notch program. I worked hard and gave a lot while I was there, but in return I got amazing experience which I am using in my current job. I built great relationships with the kids and the staff. It is disappointing to read that others feel differently. Hopefully they have found jobs less challenging for them.

- submitted by a teacher
March 19, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
February 16, 2008
The success of our children depends much in our involvement and understanding of his or her needs. Grove encourages parents to be involved in the whole treatment and academic process of their students. This is a caring and nurturing environment with a very dedicated and loving staff. Every child's issues are different and they try to help them achieve success according to their needs. It is by no means a punitive nor restrictive environment, but with discipline helps the students achieve independence and understanding of their condition. It was every emotional to see our son graduate this year with all his classmates and go on to college, something that seemed so difficult only two years ago. We thank Grove's staff, advisor, thereapist for giving our son hope and a better future. I can't think of any other school that provides all these opportunities. The school is undergoing renovations and expansion.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2008
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December 10, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2007
I have found that Grove is the first place that has my son's best interest in mind with everything that they do. The staff are caring, sensitive and smart professionals and go out of their way to take care of him and to help us change as parents. We have been through a lot of programs and while every place has areas to improve- Grove is by far the best.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2007
I have found that Grove is totally dedicated to the well-being of its students in the least restrictive environment. Parents can be as involved as they choose to be. The academics are continually being 'beefed' up and they offer AP courses. Like anything, it is what your child and family put into a school and treatment. Grove is working hard with plans for a new phyiscal plant. They always strive to make improvements and do not settle for mediocre. If parents and families do not want to look at themselves and make the necessary changes Grove will not work for you. I am proud of my child's changes and our family changes!

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2007
From my perspective this is an amazing place. Students are treated fairly and with respect and grow both academically and emotionally. Much is demanded of staff, students and families. And, real change is possible here. From comments I have read here it is clear that some are clearly sour grapes. Teachers or other staff who are not truly competent are either asked to leave or do so on their own. The students come first and and the administration makes that real clear. I am happy my child is a student there.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2007
I am extremely pleased with Grove School. My son graduated and is going to a very good college. He is now enthusiastic about studying and his future. Grove gave him hope and helped him heal emotionally, if it wasn't for the support and dedication of all the staff, therapist and administration I would have never imagined my son's success. I highly recommend the school. It is currently undergoing a big project to improve dorms and and all its facilities. It has revamped its curriculum to meet all requirements and give all students an opportunity to be accepted in good colleges; but most of all it gives hope and emotional guidance to all kids who could not make it in a regular school system. No success is achieved though without the participation and involvement of parents in any school setting. You must work with the school not against the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 29, 2007
I am a former student who had severe problems and was sent to the Grove School by my parents. The help I received from my psychiatrist told me lifelong lessons and got me to a point where I could function. Being able to function bred more success and a greater ability to function and control my problems. I went from a life with no future to graduating from college and law school at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. I'm a successful attorney, father and community volunteer including coaching my son's teams in basketball and baseball in school. Success is measured in many different ways and so is progress. If I had not had ended at half some disorders, I probably would be even more successfuly. But had I not gotten the help deal with them that I received at the school, I would have been a burden.

- submitted by a community member
February 14, 2007
Grove School has helped my son tremendously.I think parents should focus why we are sending our child to a therapeutic school in the first place.My son could not walk through the doors of his school nor get up in the morning.His OCD was that severe.Grove has helped him to overcome his fears and focus again in his academic responsibilities.His counselor is extremely supportive, his therapist very dedicated to help him.All the staff worked to his improvement, he has become more independent.They are helping him to focus in his future and apply to college.Grove is a nurturing evironment; they encourage parents to participate in all decision making.No school is perfect,but for my son I could not think of a better school.I highly recommend Grove to any parent.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2006
As a graduate of the Class of 2006,I can say when I was their ,Grove was definitely improving.It has helped me socially and emotionally.The therapists and psychiatrists I had were excellant.Several of the teachers are good at knowing the Special Educational Needs of students with Asperger's's Syndrome.The off-campus activities weren't varied enough,however.Sports programs are good,but can be a lot better.My parents when I was their were very involved.The advisor situation was mixed.My first advisor really knew how to treat someone with Asperger's Syndrome.My Final Advisor really didn't know Asperger's Syndrome.The electives are good,Art electives are excellent(the best taught subject when I was their at Grove).Overall,I would suggest parents with students who have Asperger's Syndrome consider the school,but request their advisor.

- submitted by a former student
November 15, 2006
My daughter has been at Grove School for the past 6 months. We are thrilled with her progress socially, emotionally and academically. She is making friends and building connections with the staff in a way we never thought was possible. I have found all of the staff (including the adminstration) to be caring, sensitive and available to help when we need support. It's disappointing to see that some parents do not appreciate Grove for the outstanding program that it is. I would highly reccomend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2006
My child had no self-esteem until they came to grove. My child had no firends until they came to grove. My child had no academic confidence until they came to grove. Thanks to the staff and the therapeutic milieu my child is happy again!

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2006
Grove School is a tremendous school that focuses on therapeutic growth in every sense. The teachers, administrators, therapists and the rest of the staff are professional, caring and more dedicated than one can describe. Some of these ratings are clearly skewed and it is unfortunate that everyone cannot come away with positive sentiments. Facilitating emotional health takes a significant commitment from the parent/guardian, the child and the staff working at the school. Grove School will always go above and beyond. If you have a troubled teen, draw your own conclusions by coming to visit. We welcome the opportunity to help and Grove is always willing to supply phone numbers/email addresses of parents and students that have come through or are currently part of our community. We are currently beginning a building campaign and we have added personnel and tremendous resources a to our academic realm.

- submitted by a administrator
April 02, 2006
It is not a college prep school and they are not screening the children well for fit. extra activities are limited. shabby and rundown campus. no parent involvement. going on an old reputation. Owner has big plans so maybe there will be a change for better in a few years.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
January 24, 2005
I have been very pleased with the progress my son has made at Grove School, and I am very encouraged by the positive strides he has made. They have enabled him to rekindle interests he once had in the past, most notably theatre and soccer, which we all thought were long in the past, and have encouraged him to do his best. He has worked really hard, and it hasn't been easy for him but his grades are all above average. I wish I could be more involved at the school but I have not let any one know this yet. As it is a boarding school and he has only been there 6 mos. so far I wanted him to get fully settled. He has had trouble with transitions home and back to school, but I'm told that's normal - he really loves school and is comfortable there.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2004
This school is going downhill. It used to be a really, really great school, but its changing in a negative way, as programs like this sometimes do. The reason some kids get such good grade at grove is because they work is insanely easy and you can turn in homework a month late and still get full credits. I agree that two years ago Grove was an amazing place that helped a lot of people, but not anymore.

- submitted by a student
November 04, 2004
Students at Grove are all cared for and encouraged to improve both personally and academicly. The staff there is responcive and genorous. The administration does their best with what they have. I would recommend the Grove School, for students that need structure, and indivdualized attention.

- submitted by a teacher
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Grove School
175 Copse Road, Madison, CT  06443
(203) 245-2778
Last modified Grove School is a Private school that serves grades 7-12
Grove School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 69 reviews. Top