Grove was more hindering than helpful for me. College preparatory?One of my teachers spent the entire 80 minute block teaching us where to put the commas in longer numbers. The facilities in general are run-down. The dorms in particular were horrendous. There was so much mold in my room that I would wake up with a sore throat and stuffy nose everyday. The tuition put a giant financial strain on my family (over $100,000 a year, eventually got my school district to pay for some of it) and is grossly overpriced for what you get. You can definitely tell it s a for-profit school. The teachers/dorm staff do not get paid enough for the hours they work so the turnover rate is, understandably, exceptionally high. You grow close to certain staff members and then they leave, which I always found ironic because Grove emphasizes on building and maintaining healthy relationships. I felt very restrained during my two years there. I needed to catch up academically and socially to people my age after graduating. Obviously Grove isn t performing miracles but I have seen an alarming amount of people regress into their old ways after leaving. Don't give them your time or money.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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