"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


  • Rachael, Parent

    As parents, we really wanted simple things for our children…….to be happy and feel success in their life, whatever that may be for them. One year ago our son was not attending high school, experienced very little joy and isolated himself from his family and life. It was frustrating and scary and we felt very… Read more »

    ~ Rachael