Wellspring's Arch Bridge School

Wellspring's Arch Bridge School is a Connecticut State Department of Education Approved Special Education Program serving both day students (from the community) and residents of Wellspring's Residential Treatment Programs for girls and women.

School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other special emphasis association(s)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 7-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1977
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesWe offer an Extended School Year program.

Student Body

Total Students16 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade Wellspring's Arch Bridge School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers10 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio2:1
National avg.: 13:1

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesWellspring's Arch Bridge School is a Connecticut State Department of Education approved special education program.

School Notes

Our student body includes residents of Wellspring`s residential programs along with day students from the local community who struggle with academic success due to emotional issues.

Typical diagnoses include: ADHD, generalized anxiety, depression and mood disorders, bipolar, obsessive compulsive, eating, and post- traumatic stress disorders, non-verbal learning disabilities, and students on the autism spectrum.

The fundamental approach of the school is rooted in Wellspring`s Relational Restorative Model to develop a personal relationship with each student, within a clearly defined structure of expectations and consequences. 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. Parental involvement is an essential component of the program.

Wellspring`s Arch Bridge School programs include:
  • Academics: English, Math, Science and Social Studies (taught by certified teachers)
  • Other Classes: Art, Animal Program, Physical Education, Adventure Recreation
  • Small Group Counseling: 4 groups per week focused on psycho-education & coping skills, mindfulness & relaxation, anger management, stress reduction, problem solving, goal setting and socialization (Groups are led by licensed masters level clinicians)
  • Parent Support Group
  • Summer School (Extended School Year/ESY)
Wellspring staff communicates regularly with parents, school districts and other specialists regarding each student`s individual progress, areas needing improvement and specific educational needs. When students are ready to return to their home school district, our staff works collaboratively with parents and members of the sending school districts to plan and facilitate transition plans to ensure opportunities for continued success.

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School Reviews

In 1 year, Wellspring and The Arch Bridge School have transformed my daughter from a severely dysfunctional teen who wasn`t able to go to school, take care of herself and had no interest in day-to-day living to a B+ student who attends regularly, enjoys her classes, has made friends and is taking an active role in her treatment. She`s making plans for college, for a career and believes she has a bright future ahead. IT`S A MIRACLE. The staff have empathy and lots of experience and treat the girls with care and respect. We continue to be grateful for the work of Wellspring & The Arch Bridge School.
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