Our Academic Program


We conduct a vigorous and supportive academic program for teens from grade seven through graduation. We evaluate each child and design a therapeutic program appropriate to their individual needs, altering their program as changes take place in his/her personality, social development, and academic performance.

In order to provide the quality of our individualized programs our classes sizes are small. We provide students with an opportunity to utilize the facilities of our reading, mathematics, and assistive technology for remedial and developmental purposes. We attempt to meet each individual at their functioning level; to utilize his/her interests, and through therapeutic re-education help them achieve academic and personal success.

College Preparatory Curriculum

Grove School is approved by the Connecticut State Department of Education. Our core college preparatory courses include English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education, Art and electives including Fine Arts, Music, Drama, Computer Science, Spanish, Philosophy, and Journalism. Students are placed in classes based on their academic level, age and social-emotional development. The student-teacher ratio is about 6:1. There is a supervised one and half hour evening study period in the dorms. Students in need of extra academic help may spend additional time in a supervised after-school study time or tutorials.

As students get closer to their goals and begin transitioning out of Grove School, our education staff, along with the students, their advisor and therapist work with parents, clinicians, educational consultants and school systems to find the "best fit" for college, private schools, and public school programs.

See the colleges where recent Grove School Graduates have been Accepted/Attended.

Team Planning Approach

_MG_7235.jpgWe utilize a team teaching approach across grades 7 through 12. Students are grouped by grade and share the same four teachers in the four content areas of English, Math, Science and Social Studies.

Each team of teachers is provided a joint planning period every day. During these times, teachers set common expectations, discuss their students' progress, and coordinate testing and assignments.

This approach helps students recognize that rules and expectations are consistently applied across the academic continuum. We believe that teaming teachers greatly improves the level of professional communication and benefits our students both academically and emotionally.

We are committed to a belief in the intrinsic learning potential within each student.

To support this belief Grove School provides:

• A stimulating and focused learning milieu

• Professionally prepared and skilled instructors

• Opportunities for students to learn strategies that compensate for learning disabilities

• Differentiated instruction

• Advanced placement courses and enrichment opportunities for gifted students

• Experiential and community based learning opportunities

A 12-month Calendar

The school’s academic program is based upon 12 months of attendance, with four vacations, each of approximately two weeks duration. The summer months are part of the academic year and second semester continues through them. School during July and August is considered a pragmatic and logical structure for students who must deal challenges to their learning.


The Grove School Academic Program is based on a curriculum that is rigorous and aligned with Connecticut State Standards. We offer a range of courses in each curricular area to meet individual student needs and aptitudes.

Trimester Scheduling

We utilize trimester scheduling to provide continuity to the academic day. All students take 6 classes that meet daily for one trimester. Each student is enrolled in 4 Core Academic courses (English, Math, Science and Social Studies), 1 Elective course, 1 Physical Education course, and a Study Skills Course.  Students may choose from a wide variety of electives including Art, Current Social Issues, Music, Marine Biology and Spanish. The Study Skills course is facilitated by the student’s Academic Case Manager and addresses issues of executive functioning, organization and task completion.

National Honor Society

The Grove School is proud to have its own chapter of the National Honor Society.  NHS will welcome welcome seven new members at an Induction Ceremony scheduled for Parents Day on Monday, October 12, 2015. The National Honor Society recognizes students that excel in the classroom and asks that they become leaders in their community. On that front, the club is looking forward to organizing fundraisers while also promoting and participating in frequent opportunities for local community service.  Any questions about membership can be referred to faculty advisers Kevin Rosenberg and Renise Manning.

Special Education

The concepts in special education methodology are used to help the student access the academic curriculum. The objective is to enable the student to develop learning skills and strategies that will compensate for individual student learning challenges and be usable beyond the Grove School experience.

Portfolio Assessment

Student Academic Portfolios are used to help provide a tangible and progressive record of skill development. Portfolios also engage the student actively in tracking and understanding their own learning progress.

Writing Proficiency

Grove School recognizes the impact of student writing skills for success in all academic disciplines. Grove School curriculum establishes a sequential process for developing expository, narrative, and persuasive writing proficiency. High expectations for student achievement are promoted throughout all subject areas.

Study Hall and After School Support

The amount of hours committed to after school academics does not necessarily correlate with academic rigor. Homework is designed to strengthen, support and generalize skills mastered through classroom instruction. Homework projects are often assigned for an entire grade with multi-subject integration. Individualization with specific timed benchmarks for completion is tailored to individual student needs. Extended School Day is designed to help students make up work missed during the day for unexcused reasons. Teachers may assign Extended School Day for students to help them make up time and effort lost.Evening Study Hall is a requirement for each student. It may take place in the dormitory or in a school building with varying levels of instructional support. The student’s needs are assessed by the student’s academic team and the level of support needed is prescribed through a team decision.

Mid-Terms and Finals

Juniors and Seniors take mid-term and final exams in their core content classes. These exams are given at the end of the second and fifth marking periods. The weight of each exam on the final grade is evaluated by the teacher. The objective of this exam process is to teach test preparation skills and to acclimate students to the stress of competitive assessment.Teachers spend time to prepare students for exams and any accommodations needed for test taking will be honored.  The final exam will not be cumulative; it will be focused on the second half of the year.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

A parent/teacher conference may be requested by a student’s parent; teacher; therapist; advisor or other stakeholder in the student’s education. Parent conferences are scheduled through the school office. The meeting can be convened in person or via telephone conference call. The focus of the meeting may include academic progress review, behavioral issues, or other subject relevant to the student’s program. In the event that a meeting requires other team members, a minimum of seven days should be allowed from request to meeting implementation to allow scheduling adjustments for attending faculty and other important team members (therapist, speech therapist, advisor, etc.) Parent-Teacher conferences are intended to increase communication, teamwork, and alignment of efforts to maximize a student’s potential for success.

Academic Case Manager

The academic case manager is a special education teacher assigned to ensure the integrity of each student’s individualized education program. The academic case manager works to have all the student’s content teachers know the necessary instructional accommodations and modifications and help ensure the integrity of the student’s program across classes and content areas.

The academic case manager is a resource to the School Administration and the student’s Advisor in providing information to ensure a holistic perspective on program development and implementation.

College Preparation

Juniors and seniors prepare for SATs early in the year through various practice exercises and an SAT preparation program. Senior English classes include preparation of a college essay. Parents and Advisors help the student to select appropriate schools, utilizing the numerous college selection resources. Therapists are included in the college selection process. 


Grove School students and faculty have access to Ebscohost, an online scholarly library, by following the link on this page.

The Ebscohost library available to students includes: 

  • Academic Search Premier TM
  • Biography Reference Bank TM
  • History Reference Center TM
  • Legal Information Reference Center TM
  • Newspaper Source TM
  • Science Reference Center TM
  • TopicSearch TM

If accessing the library from campus, there is no need to log in.  If accessing the library while off campus, students and faculty will need a user name and password which can be provided to them by contacting the school principal.