Educational & School Programs

Centerpoint provides school-based services to support social, emotional, and behavioral well-being in a variety of public school settings through our Student Support Counseling services, through School-Based Therapy Services, and with CHECKPOINT (click here for more info).

Centerpoint also offers specialized education, intensive treatment, and support services through the

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With campuses in South Burlington and Winooski, the Centerpoint School serves 50 students who are faced with a range of social, emotional, learning, or mental health challenges as they strive to complete their middle and high school education… as they work to improve their lives…and as they prepare themselves for successful adult living in our communities. Centerpoint School programming includes advanced, applied, and accommodated academics fully integrated with specialized treatment and support services to address a variety of issues, including:

  • Adolescent depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders
  • Attachment and other relational challenges
  • Complex trauma
  • Family communication and conflict
  • Attentional difficulties, learning disabilities, and mild learning impairment
  • Adolescent substance abuse and other symptomatic/problematic behaviors

Building on Student Strengths…

Centerpoint School builds highly individualized and student specific plans that include grade-matched, age-matched, and developmentally-matched academic classes, specialized counseling and treatment services, individualized and group-based activities, social skill development, therapeutic recreational activities, community-based programming, family support, and coordinated case management.

A State Board Reviewed and Approved Independent School, and much more…

Students attending Centerpoint receive credit toward high school graduation and participate in academics in accordance with standards set by the Vermont Department of Education. In addition, Centerpoint School students gain skills to grow and thrive in their world, including skills in the areas of:

    • Problem-solving and decision-making
    • Wellness, coping skills, and stress-reduction strategies
    • Healthy teen and adult relationships
    • Positive social skills and communication

Centerpoint School’s programming has a standard school year calendar, provides adjusted/accommodated schedules when indicated, offers afterschool and co-curricular programming, and includes Extended School Year services in July and August for those eligible for ESY.

Click on image above to hear former Department of Education Commisisioner Ray McNulty’s remarks to the Vermont State Board of Education about his visit to Centerpoint

But What Comes Next?

While students can (and do!) graduate high school through Centerpoint, for many, enrollment at Centerpoint School is but one step in their educational path. For some of our Centerpoint middle-school students, enrollment at Centerpoint helps them build new skills and address challenging issues to support their return to a public school setting. Some of our high-school students transition from Centerpoint School to local Technical Center programs. Others establish field-based mentorships and internships through their Centerpoint Schooling that turn into paid employment opportunities. And still others transition from Centerpoint School into college experiences. With student-centered plans, the Centerpoint School is truly able to craft programming that allows for individualized opportunities and possibilities as our students move toward adulthood and self-sufficient community life.

Sounds great! How do I learn more?

Requests and inquiries regarding Centerpoint School enrollment may come from any source, however, referrals are generally coordinated through a student’s special education program with tuition provided by the sending school district (local education agency).

Centerpoint School is now accepting referrals!

Click here to contact Lorcan Ackley, Centerpoint School Director, with questions or for admissions information.
Click here to visit the Centerpoint School webpage.

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