Benhaven was founded in 1967 by Amy Lettick, a teacher and mother of an autistic child.
Originally a day school, Benhaven was conceived to serve children whose handicaps were preventing them from receiving an appropriate education in existing public and private schools.
As community needs emerged over the next ten years, Benhaven also evolved to provide the services that they needed.
Residential services, vocational training, and adult day programs were added over this period.
In the course of working intensively with a small group of individuals, Benhaven developed a unique and specific expertise in working with autism.
Benhaven also developed a heightened awareness for some of the issues that were impacting services for this population in the community at large.
Benhaven's mission is to enable people with autism and pervasive developmental disorders to participate in community life, exercise productive control over their own lives, have meaningful relationships and associations, be gainfully employed, and experience happiness and personal satisfaction.
Benhaven's mission is to enable people with autism and pervasive developmental disorders to participate in community life, exercise productive control over their own lives, have meaningful relationships and associations, be gainfully employed, and experience happiness and personal satisfaction.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • School Type: Special Education School
  • Grades: Inquire with school
  • Students: 43 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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Benhaven School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Connecticut for:

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
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Student Body

Total Students
43 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
62%
State avg.: 28%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
8 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
5:1
National avg.: 13:1

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling

School Notes

  • Benhaven was founded in 1967 by Amy Lettick, a teacher and mother of an autistic child. Originally a day school, Benhaven was conceived to serve children whose handicaps were preventing them from receiving an appropriate education in existing public and private schools. As community needs emerged over the next ten years, Benhaven also evolved to provide the services that they needed. Residential services, vocational training, and adult day programs were added over this period. In the course of working intensively with a small group of individuals, Benhaven developed a unique and specific expertise in working with autism. Benhaven also developed a heightened awareness for some of the issues that were impacting services for this population in the community at large. Benhaven's mission is to enable people with autism and pervasive developmental disorders to participate in community life, exercise productive control over their own lives, have meaningful relationships and associations, be gainfully employed, and experience happiness and personal satisfaction. Benhaven's mission is to enable people with autism and pervasive developmental disorders to participate in community life, exercise productive control over their own lives, have meaningful relationships and associations, be gainfully employed, and experience happiness and personal satisfaction.

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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • School Type: Special Education School
  • Grades: Inquire with school
  • Students: 43 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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The average private school tuition in New Haven County, CT is $18,585 for elementary schools and $32,001 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in New Haven County, CT is 74% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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