"I don't even remember the season. I just remember feeling for the first time that I belonged somewhere."
~ Steven Chbosky
Bellcate School is a Vermont state-approved middle and high school designed to serve youth with disabilities in an individualized therapeutic and educational community.
Working with local school districts, Bellcate School enrolls a maximum of 30 students, ages 11-22. Bellcate utilizes a three-stage therapeutic model to support exploration, understanding and positive action. Our educational model provides best practices for achieving grade level proficiency.
Bellcate School is a program that provides an alternative to traditional education. Students find success through accommodated services and hands-on experiences integrated in a community setting. Through an individualized plan of therapeutic exercises, learning initiatives, hands-on activities, field trips, community based programming, and coordinated services, Bellcate School helps youth build skills in the areas of:
- Developing healthy relationships
- Expanding interest areas, identifying strengths
- Maintaining personal and public safety
- Gaining skills for interpersonal effectiveness
- Understanding and managing mood
- Developing self-awareness, self-concept, identity, and self-esteem
- Developing tolerance for authority
- Developing acceptance of difference
- Improving communication skills
- Developing flexibility
- Improving attention, focus and engagement
- Building independent living, self-care, and vocational skills
- Increasing personal responsibility